Certain people are at a higher risk for car accident injuries, including pregnant women.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, whiplash, amputations, and fatalities. Certain people are at a higher risk of suffering serious car accident injuries – small children, people that are below average height, those who are obese, seniors, and pregnant women.
Car Accident Injuries and Pregnant Women
According to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 878,546 pregnant women who gave birth between the time period 2001 and 2008 were examined. According to the study, car accidents pose a serious risk to pregnant women and their unborn children. It was noted that trauma is one of the leading causes of death among unborn children. Researchers revealed that impact in a car accident can cause damage to the organ systems that are shared by the mother and the unborn child, causing fatal trauma to the child.
The Risk for Injury
The risk for injury is higher if a pregnant woman is not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and the abdominal area is directly injured. It was concluded that pregnant women who were involved in a car accident were at a higher risk of placental abruption, ruptured membranes, and preterm birth compared to women who were not involved in a car accident. Similarly, it was also found that pregnant women who were involved in more than one car accident were at an ever higher risk of complications. Pregnant women who were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash had a three times higher risk of still birth compared to women who were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Taking Precautions While Driving
Pregnant women should take additional precautions to avoid getting into an accident. Although it is not always possible to avoid an accident, it pays to be more careful.
- Drive when well-rested.
- Avoid distracted driving.
- Be extra cautious when on longer road trips and traveling in unfamiliar areas.
- Properly wear a seatbelt at all times.