Collisions between vehicles are terrifying for everyone. However, the prospect of a car accident is especially terrifying for expectant mothers. In addition to the possibility of injury to themselves, pregnant women risk injury to their developing foetus.
Possible Injuries for Pregnant Car Accident Victims
Accidents involving motor vehicles can cause a variety of injuries to pregnant women. In this article, we will examine the eight most frequent pregnancy-related injuries that can result from a collision.
The foetus is well protected and surrounded by amniotic fluid during pregnancy. Due to this, the risk of miscarriage is low unless the mother’s stomach and uterus were punctured during the collision. Moreover, if the woman suffers a cardiac arrest, the lack of oxygen may result in a miscarriage.
Annually, premature births affect approximately 500,000 individuals. This represents approximately 1 in 8 infants in the United States. Births that occur prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered “preterm.” In some instances, the strain placed on the mother’s body during a severe auto accident can result in preterm birth.
These eight injuries do not exclude one another. For instance, preterm birth and foetal injuries can cause a variety of birth defects. Babies who were injured as foetuses or who were born prematurely do not necessarily have birth defects. However, premature birth and injuries increase the likelihood of long-term disability.
Any abdominal trauma the mother sustains as a result of a collision can also result in uterine injury. This is due to the enlarged uterus during pregnancy, which makes it more susceptible to damage. In cases of uterine rupture, foetal mortality is unfortunately extremely likely. In the event of uterine rupture, the mother may also be at risk for life-threatening health complications. A ruptured uterus, for instance, can cause significant internal bleeding. Approximately 10% of pregnant women who experience uterine rupture will perish.
A coup injury occurs when a moving object strikes the head of a stationary individual. A contrecoup injury occurs when the head of a moving individual collides with a stationary object. In the context of automobile collisions, both of these injuries are extremely prevalent. In the event of a pregnant driver or passenger, the mother is more likely than the foetus to sustain these injuries. In some instances, a foetus may experience coup and contrecoup injuries. These injuries are commonly referred to as “shaken baby syndrome” (SBS).
High-risk pregnancies are those in which the mother or foetus require extensive monitoring, observation, or care. Outside of the context of automobile accidents, high-risk pregnancies are typically the result of a pre-existing medical condition of the mother (s). However, pregnancy can become high-risk due to the health issues caused by an accident.
This kind of injury is extremely severe. A placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates partially or completely from the uterus prior to birth. This condition affects approximately 1 in 150 pregnancies. Placental abruption is more likely to occur if the mother experiences abdominal trauma during a car accident.
Automobile collisions account for a high number of foetal deaths each year. Injuries to the fetus’s brain or body can result in chronic, life-threatening conditions. Fetal trauma may occur if the mother suffers abdominal trauma, lack of oxygen, or other injuries during the car accident.
Regardless of the nature of your injuries, you should seek immediate medical attention after a car accident. Additionally, it is essential to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
While there is no way to undo the effects of being involved in a car accident while pregnant, you should not be responsible for your financial losses and damages alone.
Important Safety Measures for Car Travel While Pregnant
A recent study estimated that between 1,500 and 5,000 foetal deaths occur annually in the United States due to automobile accidents. Pregnant women who travel by car must take extremely important preventative measures.
Seat belts are the most crucial safety feature in any vehicle. They are particularly important to wear during pregnancy.
Consider the following recommendations for seat belt safety during pregnancy:
- Utilize a seatbelt with a lap and shoulder harness.
- Avoid placing the lap belt across the stomach
- Place the lap belt under the abdomen and across the hip bones.
- Ensure that the shoulder belt passes through the space between your breasts, securing your chest to the seat.
- Ensure that your stomach is a safe distance from the airbag when driving.
- Always keep your stomach at least 10 inches from the steering wheel or dashboard.
Follow these important travel safety tips while pregnant. If you have been injured in a car accident while pregnant, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, consulting with a reputable auto accident attorney can help you determine your best financial recovery options.
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