Car Crashes and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in North Carolina

A new study indicates that a relationship exists between auto accidents and problems with pregnancy.


Greensboro car accident attorneys are dedicated to highlighting the link between pregnant women involved in car accidents and problems with their pregnancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 6,400 adults are injured in car accidents daily. Seat belts are said to reduce the likelihood of serious injury and death by as much as 50 percent.

Despite the clear safety advantages of wearing a seat belt, studies estimate that 1 in 7 adults do not wear a seat belt on every car ride. Not wearing a seat belt can be especially dangerous for pregnant women.

A study looked at 878,546 pregnant women between the ages of 16 and 46 years old. Using crash records and vital records allowed investigators to study the link between car accidents and vehicle safety and adverse affects on pregnancy.

It is well known that trauma is a cause of maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. Abdominal trauma is a very serious concern to pregnant women because fetus can be both directly and indirectly harmed by the force.

When a pregnant woman is involved in a car accident it often leads to elevated rates of premature rupture of membranes, placental abruption, and preterm birth.

The study indicated that the lack of airbags and non-seat belt use were correlated with stillbirth. Research shows that an unbelted pregnant woman had a rate of stillbirth three times more likely than belted pregnant accident victims.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , there are many important safety advantages to buckling up.

According to research seat belts are the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. It is estimated that seat belts saved over 13,000 lives in 2008.

During a car accident being buckled in keeps you secure within the vehicle and prevents you from being thrown from the automobile. Being thrown from a vehicle is almost always deadly.

It is important to remember that air bags are meant to work in conjunction with seat belts and not replace them entirely. If you do not wear a seat belt you could be thrown into a quickly opening air bag and the force may injure or kill you.

With seat belts the fit matters. Before buying a new vehicle you should check to make sure the seat belts fit you properly. If there are issues you can ask the dealer if they have seat belt adjusters, which could assist with providing the proper fit.

The shoulder belt should run across the middle of your chest and be away from your neck. You should never place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

The lap belt should be placed across your hips and below your stomach.

If you own a classic car that only has a lap belt, it is recommended that you check with the manufacturer to see about outfitting your vehicle with a modern seatbelt that includes a shoulder belt.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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