September 18-24 was Child Passenger Safety Week. We take this opportunity to answer questions about the safety of pregnant mothers while driving or riding as passengers in a car. Most people recognize that seat belts are important when it comes to protecting adults, children, and infants in the event of an accident. However, pregnant women often ask whether or not they should wear a seatbelt. Some people believe that wearing a seatbelt when pregnant can cause harm to the unborn child. According to doctors, the best way to ensure the safety of an unborn child in a car accident is by wearing a seatbelt.
Can Seatbelts Harm an Unborn Child?
The mistaken belief that wearing a seatbelt may harm the fetus stems from a lack of education. The reality is that there are risks associated with wearing a seatbelt improperly or incorrectly. The proper method to wear a seatbelt is across the chest, away from the neck, and under the belly in a way that it is across the pelvic bone and hips.
While driving, pregnant women should ensure that there is sufficient space between their belly and the steering wheel, in a way that they are still able to reach the pedals comfortably. They should not recline too far, as it can prove dangerous in the event of a crash.
Seatbelts and Airbags
Another misconception is that a seatbelt is not necessary when the vehicle has airbags. However, airbags are not a replacement for seatbelts. Airbags are designed to work with seatbelts and not to replace them. Airbags and seatbelts work together as a team to prevent injuries in the event of a crash. Do not depend on only one of them for your safety. (What steps should you take if you are involved in a car accident while pregnant?)
Despite taking all precautions, car accidents can still occur and there is no guarantee to completely prevent injuries. In case you get into an accident, seek immediate medical attention even if there are no visible injuries. In many cases, internal injuries are not felt until a few hours after the accident. Untreated injuries that are invisible or seem minor initially may lead to serious complications.
St. Louis Automobile Wreck Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car crash caused by another driver’s negligence, talk to a St. Louis automobile wreck lawyer from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. For a free consultation, call us at (314) 361-4242.