Pregnancy and Seatbelts: Buckling Up Still the Best Option?
As a pregnant woman, you are in an incredibly precarious situation every time you get into a vehicle. Accidents can happen, and while any injury is serious, it is far worse for a woman who is carrying a child. Injury caused to an unborn baby can be fatal, which is a devastating situation for all involved. This is why it is particularly important you wear your seatbelt properly, as not wearing one will undoubtedly result in great harm coming to both you and your baby. Many people are misinformed about wearing a seatbelt, as they feel it may push, press, or squeeze the child in the event of an accident. However, this is incorrect.
It may come as a surprise that a pregnant woman should wear her seatbelt the way everyone else does--across the chest, with the lap belt resting underneath the stomach. With the lap belt resting low against the hips and on top of the thighs, this will ensure your baby is protecting as much as possible in the event of a crash. While there are certain items on the market for pregnant women specifically, known as seat belt positioning devices, these may actually cause significant injury to both mother and child.
Contact Our Lexington Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you are a pregnant woman who has been injured in a car accident, your injuries are far more serious and severe than that of a person who is not carrying a child. This is a very sensitive and crucial time, and our Lexington personal injury lawyers of Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC want to do our part to advocate on your behalf. We are tireless in our pursuit of justice, and won’t give up until we’ve delivered you the results you deserve.
Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm by calling (859) 534-9327.