What to Know About Car Accidents During Your Pregnancy


Pregnancy can be a beautiful but very difficult time in a woman’s life. During pregnancy, there are more than a few precautions women must take to keep themselves and their babies safe. Car accidents pose a grave threat to pregnant women since they are particularly vulnerable to severe injuries. Having a better understanding of the complications that may arise from an accident and what you can do to prevent accidents may help you better deal with safety during your pregnancy.

When in a car accident or some other form of a collision the following can occur due to the various levels of shock and absorption the body takes:

  • Birth defects
  • Premature labor
  • Miscarriages
  • Bleeding
  • Separation of the placenta
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Psychological problems & trauma

Given the heightened state of vulnerability of pregnant women, any form of sudden movement i.e. steering wheel pressing on the stomach, tightening of the seatbelt, or general impact, can lead to serious consequences. It is crucial that pregnant women understand the precautions they can take when they drive or ride in any vehicle.

There is a lot of misinformation about seat belts and if they are dangerous for pregnant women. Wearing your safety belt is the safest way to travel. It is important to understand how pregnant women should wear a seat belt.

  • The seat belt should never go across your belly
  • Always use a shoulder belt
  • The lap belt should be worn under your belly, but firm around your hip
  • While driving, maintain a safe distance of your belly from the steering wheel and increase the distance as your belly grows

Ideally, the further along you are in your pregnancy, the less you should travel or be on the road. In the instances you do have to be on the road, try to ride as a passenger in the back seat. Public transport or drive sharing services might also be some viable options if needed.

If you are involved in a car accident and experiencing any of the following, please call 911 immediately.

  • Pain in the belly
  • Blackouts
  • Pain in the pelvis region
  • Leaking of fluid

Even if you take every precautionary measure, accidents do happen. In the unfortunate situation you are involved in a car accident in Texas while pregnant, please call The Hadi Law Firm at (832) 433-7977. We have expert personal injury attorneys on standby ready to fight for the full compensation and justice you deserve.

November 9, 2020
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