Chicago car accidents are especially dangerous when they involved women who are pregnant.
Pregnant women are at serious risk in a car accident. Not only are they at risk for suffering serious injury, their babies are also at risk due to the tremendous force that our bodies sustained during the extremely rapid deceleration of our vehicle. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for pregnant woman, and may be responsible for several thousand fetal deaths every year, although reliable statistics are not available.
If you were pregnant at the time of your accident, it is crucial that you get an exam, even if you think you have not been hurt.
One of the main risks for pregnant women and the children they carry is uterine separation. When this occurs, the placenta comes away from the uterus, which can deprive a baby of oxygen. Signs of this to look out for include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Leaking fluid
- Abdominal pain
However, you should never wait for any of these symptoms to see your doctor.
Wearing your seat belt properly can help. Make sure the shoulder-lap belt combination is placed so that it puts force on your bones—your shoulder and your pelvis, and not on your abdomen. Airbags can help, too. The steering wheel puts you at additional risk, so let someone else drive sometimes.
Manufacturers are working hard at developing new, safer seat belts and supplementary restraint systems for pregnant women, but currently progress is limited by a poor understanding of the exact source of injury for pregnant women in car accidents.
If you have been injured or your baby has been hurt due to an accident in which the other driver was at fault, you may be able to get compensation for injuries with the help of a personal injury lawyer.