Whether you're out for a leisurely drive or running errands, you never expect to find yourself in a car accident. As a pregnant woman, you may even be terrified that your baby has somehow been injured in the accident.
Your first concern is your baby. If paramedics arrive at the scene, let them know you are pregnant, and watch out for any physical changes or symptoms after the accident. The best way to make sure your baby is unharmed is to visit a medical professional immediately after the accident, even if you're not injured. The further along you are into your pregnancy, the more a doctor will need to monitor your signs and watch for any complications.
Car Accident Risks for Pregnant Women
Car accident injuries result from sudden and abrupt stops, either from the crash itself or from braking to avoid a collision. Injuries may even happen without a collision.
These motions can easily cause strain on the mother's body as well as move the baby around, especially if a woman is past her 12th week of pregnancy.
Pregnant women involved in serious car accidents may find themselves with injuries, including:
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Placental abruption
All of these are tragic consequences that could result from an accident you didn't cause.
Keeping You and Your Baby Safe on the Road
Women who are pregnant should be especially cautious while driving or riding in a vehicle. One common myth is that airbags are unsafe for your baby. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that airbags used with a seatbelt are the best method of protection.
Pregnant women should also always wear a seatbelt and wear it properly. The lap belt should sit under the belly, across the hips. Women should also sit further back to avoid the belly from touching the steering wheel. Finally, if possible, women should let someone else drive, especially later in the pregnancy.
Contact Your Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer
Your recovery is directly tied to the compensation you receive. By holding the negligent driver accountable for your injuries and the injuries of your baby, you can stay focused on your recovery, making sure both you and your child are healthy. Steinberg Injury Lawyers is standing by, ready to handle your injury case.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case to see how we can help you move forward.