No matter who is involved or how slow the vehicles were driving, all car accidents have the potential to result in significant injury. Some people, however, are more vulnerable to significant effects than others. Pregnant women are a good example.
Of course, you know to tell the paramedics who arrive on the scene that you are pregnant so that they can provide you with the treatment you require, but are you aware of the various complications that can arise following a vehicle accident while pregnant?
Continue reading to find out the answers. If you have already been wounded and the accident was caused by the negligence of another person, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation. We will do all possible to protect your rights.
The dangers of car accidents for pregnant women
When a person is in a vehicle that abruptly and unexpectedly stops, a car accident injury might occur. This can occur as a result of an automobile collision, but it can also occur as a result of forceful braking to prevent an accident. This can put a burden on not just the mother's body, but also the baby's — especially in women who are over the 12th week of pregnancy. The following are examples of common injuries:
- Premature delivery
- Abrupt placental closure
- Malformations at birth
All of these are major issues that must be avoided at all costs.
How to keep pregnant women safe in the car
When a pregnant woman drives or rides in a vehicle, she should use extreme caution. It is a frequent myth that this includes avoiding airbags, which are harmful to the unborn children of pregnant women. This is incorrect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that the safest strategy to safeguard pregnant women is to use a combination of seatbelts and airbags.
Women, on the other hand, should be sure to buckle up properly. This should be worn beneath the belly button and across the hips. To avoid their belly striking the steering wheel, pregnant women should seat back further when driving. If at all feasible, have someone else drive because the steering wheel can be dangerous in the event of an accident.
What to do if you're pregnant and get in a car accident
The first step is to seek medical attention. Make sure anybody who treats you is aware that you are pregnant. Even if you're well along and it appears evident, don't assume they're aware. Observe all of the doctor's directions. If at all feasible, gather accident proof. Then speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal options.The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker can be reached at any time by calling 800-333-0000. We are eager to hear about your situation, determine your choices, and provide you with a free case evaluation.