Expectant mothers in Philadelphia should still wear seatbelts

While there are manners in which a car accident victim in Philadelphia is able to financially recover following a devastating accident caused by another individual’s negligence, no monetary compensation will reverse the injuries. To clarify, compensation can work worlds to provide for medical expenses and long-term care, thereby ensuring that the victim can live the best life possible following the injuries, but it cannot return the victim to the same state pre-accident.

Accordingly, driving safety should be a huge concern for all on the road. Often the best defense a driver has against other drivers’ negligent behavior is to wear a seatbelt. It is not uncommon for women that are pregnant and in their second or third trimester to worry about automotive safety. Many women falsely think that it is safer for the child in the event of a car accident if the mother is not wearing a seatbelt.

Doctors around the country, including here in Philadelphia, work to educate expectant mothers that in the event of a car accident, a mother is far more likely to be injured if she is not wearing a restraint. If the mother is injured, the child is at a far greater risk as well; therefore seatbelts should still be worn.

Several doctors looked at data involving women in car accidents while in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy and the rate of fetal demise among women wearing and not wearing seatbelts. The study found that only 3.5 percent of the sample of expectant mothers lost their child in a car accident while wearing a seatbelt. Conversely, 25 percent of expectant mothers not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident lost their child.

As one doctor says, “The bottom line is, you’ve got to wear your restraint because it decreases the risk not only for your injuries but injury to your child.” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises that the best and safest manner to wear a seatbelt during pregnancy is fitting the lap belt low, under the belly at all times.

Source: Reuters, “Buckle up during pregnancy: study,” Kerry Grens, March 8, 2013

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