Approximately 370 unborn babies die every year in automobile accidents. Yet, many women do not wear seat belts when they are pregnant because they are afraid the seat belt may injure their baby in an accident. Recent research debunks this myth. According to experts, pregnant women should buckle up every time they get in a passenger vehicle.
Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study on fetal outcome in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 and concluded that 200 unborn babies would be saved if pregnant women wore seat belts—in the correct manner—every time they got into their vehicles. The study established that the biggest risk to a fetus in a motor vehicle accident is injury to the mother. A seat belt offers the best protection for both the mother and the fetus as long as it is worn as follows:
- Fasten the lap belt under your belly—it should fit securely around your hips and across your pelvic bone.
- Position the shoulder belt between your breasts and away from your neck.
- Move your seat back as far as you can. If you are driving, make sure you can still reach the pedals comfortably.
- Keep space—at least 10 inches—between the center of your chest and the steering wheel. As your belly gets larger, you may have to adjust the seat.
- Sit in the back seat if you are not driving—it is safer than the front in the event of an accident.
- Wear the shoulder belt correctly—never move it behind your arm to get it out of the way. The shoulder belt and lap belt work together to help keep you safe from injury.
Seat belts save the lives of pregnant women and their unborn children. San Antonio car accident lawyer David Todd, of the Todd Law Firm, is committed to promoting motor vehicle safety and urges everyone—especially pregnant women—to buckle up. If you are in a serious car accident and need expert legal assistance to deal with insurance companies, overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, or expensive vehicle repairs, call David at 512-472-7799 for a free personal injury case review. Also, please download a free copy of our book “Seven Deadly Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Texas Accident Case” for additional information.