It is understandable that when a woman is pregnant, she wants to remain as safe as possible. It may seem that seatbelts are dangerous but in fact it is extremely important that pregnant women continue to wear their seatbelts. Keep reading to find out why and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident.
How Seatbelts Help Most People
Many people don’t really think about the role of seatbelts. They are designed to keep the occupant of a vehicle in place if there is an accident or rollover incident. Many lives are lost when a person does not have a seatbelt on and is thrown from the vehicle. They then lose the protection of their vehicle, which is essentially a steel cage designed to protect them.
Are Seatbelts Safe for Pregnant Women?
While seatbelts are generally safe, the question is whether or not they are safe to be used by a pregnant woman. The worry is that the pressure of the seatbelt against the woman’s stomach could potentially harm the unborn baby. The good news is that it will not. In fact, the woman’s body is made to provide a cushion for the fetus, including muscles, bones, organs, and amniotic fluid. The best way a woman can stay safe while driving when pregnant is to wear her seatbelt.
Know the Proper Way for Pregnant Women to Use Their Seatbelts
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there are some tips that can help women wear their seatbelts more safely. They should position the lap belt so that it is under their abdomen and as low on the hips as they can. This puts the belt over the upper thighs. The shoulder belt should be between her breasts and there should be as little slack as possible. The fit should be snug.
If she is not driving then she should sit in the back seat, which is the safest seat in the vehicle. Of course, she should still wear her seatbelt no matter where she is seated within the vehicle.
Have You or a Loved One Been Involved in a Car Accident While Pregnant?
If you have been involved in a car accident while pregnant, or your loved one was, then there may be grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit. The best way to find out what your options are is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. This gives us a chance to go over the case, understand what happened, and offer our best advice on how you can move forward.
Know that you can afford an attorney: If we take your case, it will be on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay us a cent until we win your case. Call us now to begin the process.