Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. When used properly, seat belts save lives and lower the chances of severe injury during car crashes.But are mother’s doing everything they can to protect baby?
Our Montgomery car accident lawyers understand that pregnant women are bombarded with information and instructions regarding what they can and should do to protect their unborn. Believe it not, but advice about wearing seat belts when traveling in cars is not usually included. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are close to 6,500 people who are injured in motor-vehicle accidents each and every day. The risk of serious injury and even death is reduced by about 50 percent if an occupant is wearing a seat belt. Even though the seat belt usage rate in the U.S. is on the rise, officials believe that 1 out of every 7 travelers does not buckle up during every car ride.
Whenever riding in a vehicle, expectant mothers should protect themselves and their babies by wearing seat belts correctly. The lap belt should be worn under the abdomen, across the upper thighs and pelvis. The shoulder part of the belt should pass above the stomach and between the breasts, and should be snug. Check your seat belt to make sure it’s not too loose or too high. Never place a safety belt under your arm or behind your back. Adjust your seat belt snugly. If you wear a heavy coat, open it and pull it to both sides, away from your belly.
Air bags are not bad either for expectant women. Air bags offer additional protection, so make sure yours are turned on. Air bags do not, however, replace the need to always wear your seat belt. As a matter of fact, an air bag can be dangerous if it opens and you’re not securely buckled up.
If you’re an expecting mother and you’re driving, you want to keep the seat as far away from the steering wheel as you can while still allowing yourself to reach the pedals. However, your best bet is to as a passenger rather than drive to avoid potential contact with the steering wheel.
Longer car trips are best planned between weeks 14 and 28. Most pregnancy emergencies happen in the first and third trimesters. After 28 weeks, it may be harder to move around comfortably.
Regular use of seat belts by pregnant women will prevent close to 85 percent of fetal injuries and deaths as a result of car accidents.
Depending on how severe the car accident is pregnant women could be at risk for miscarriage, preterm labor and other serious complications. In fact, the more injuries a mother has during a car accident, the greater the risk to her unborn baby. If you’ve been involved in an accident and you’re expecting, you should see a physician as soon as possible, even if you suspect that you’ve sustained no injuries.
Call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 if you or someone you love has been injured on the job.
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