When expecting a child, parents often go to great lengths to ensure their baby comes into the world happy and healthy. Unfortunately, however, no one can prepare for the devastating effects of an unexpected accident during pregnancy. This has led many pregnant women to wonder whether or not wearing is the safest option in the event of a car accident.
Under normal conditions, most New York motorist wear a seat belt, but some pregnant drivers and passengers fear that a seat belt poses additional injury risk to their unborn child if they're involved in an accident. A study released by a national research university showed that pregnant women are best served by wearing a seat belt.
The study showed that a dramatically larger percentage of fetuses were lost in instances where expecting mothers were not wearing seat belts. Researchers comfortably reached the consensus that wearing a seat belt better protects both mothers and their children.
Even when drivers take precautions to protect their safety and the safety of their passengers, other motorists don't always exercise the same kind of caution. New York's personal injury laws can provide protection and relief to drivers who fall victim to the carelessness of other people on the road.
Pregnant women injured in a crash have a set of concerns to deal with that extend beyond what most victims must consider. For example, if their unborn child is injured, he or she may require extensive medical care after birth. A successful civil claim can help bring comfort to family's effected by accidents by providing relief for the months and years after an accident.
Source: Reuters, "Buckle up during pregnancy: study," Kerry Grens, March 8, 2013
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