Pregnant Mothers and Car Accidents
Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 30. Car accidents also top the list as the leading cause of death for unborn babies, according to a New York Daily News article. It is a frightening to think that if you suffer a serious car accident injury that your unborn baby could die through medical complications, but this is common. Statistics show that pregnant mothers are involved in an estimated 170,000 car crashes every year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that mothers wear seatbelts and adjust their seats to maintain about 10 inches between their breastbone and the steering wheel or dashboard. They should also leave airbags turned on but always use a seatbelt with an airbag because the two work in tandem to keep you safe. Using an airbag without using a seatbelt is very dangerous because the impact of being thrown into an opening airbag when not wearing a seatbelt is very forceful and can even result in death. This fact is true whether you are pregnant or not.
If you or a loved one suffers serious injury as a result of a car accident, consult a Long Island car accident lawyer about the prospects of taking legal action. When someone else’s negligence causes a car crash, an attorney can seek compensation from liable parties. Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP’s has decades of experience handling car accidents cases and works to maximize your recovery of damages.