Wearing your seat belt correctly while pregnant can save both your life and that of your unborn child if you are involved in a car accident.
We all know how important it is to wear a seatbelt at all times when driving. It can prevent fatal injuries in the event of a car crash. However, pregnant women often wonder whether it is safe to wear a seat belt during pregnancy. They also want to know the best way to wear the seat belt to accommodate their growing belly, and how to protect themselves and the unborn child in the event of a car accident.
At Willens Law Offices, we understand that these doubts are pretty common among pregnant women. In this article, we will offer some tips on how to wear a seat belt correctly during pregnancy.
Wear Your Seat Belt While Pregnant
To start with, it is important for everyone, including pregnant women, to wear a seat belt when riding in any motor vehicle. Seat belts are designed to be worn by pregnant women even if many women do not feel comfortable wearing one. If used properly, seat belts help save lives and can reduce the chances of you suffering a serious injury in a car accident.
How to Wear a Seat Belt When Pregnant
When you are pregnant, you may need to be extra careful when buckling up because you need to ensure that both you and your baby stay safe in the event of a crash. There are certain modifications you can make while wearing a seat belt. Some of these modifications include:
- Make sure you always wear both the shoulder strap and the lap belt. Also, ensure that they both fit you properly.
- Ensure that the shoulder strap is placed between the breasts and to the side of the abdomen. Make sure never to place the shoulder strap under your arm.
- Buckle your lap belt under the belly and over the hips.
Car Accident can Affect Your Pregnancy Adversely
Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, and when you are pregnant the crash can harm both you and your baby. Depending on how bad the crash and how serious your injuries are, a car accident can increase the risk of developing serious complications during pregnancy such as premature rupture of the membranes, preterm labor, placental abruption, miscarriage and even stillbirth. It is needless to mention that a car accident can cause more damage to a pregnant woman than it can to a normal person.
Car accidents cases involving pregnant women are always painful and emotional, and are the hardest to litigate. Unlike physical injuries that can heal over time, injury to the child or loss of a child can have long lasting effects on the victim. In fact, it shatters the entire family.
Chicago Auto Accident Lawyers
No pregnant woman ever wants to think about getting into a car accident, however, it is always better to be safe and prepared for any adversity that may happen. Wearing your seatbelt properly when expecting can help protect both the mother and the unborn child from injury.
If you happen to get into an auto accident, contact a Chicago car accident lawyer to understand your legal rights and options. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form to request a FREE consultation.