According to a Canadian study, pregnant drivers are at risk of suffering from serious car accident than other drivers. The severity of the injury increases in women going through the second trimester. The study conducted under the leadership of Dr. Donald Redelmeier at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, did a study on more than five hundred thousand women who were pregnant. The study took place for several years studying the pregnant women and a year later after delivery. Here are the results of the study:

1.    One in fifty women who are pregnant will experience a serious car accident especially if they are the ones driving.

2.    Pregnant women are at risk of suffering from a miscarriage when they are passengers in a car involved in an accident.

3.    Women who are not pregnant are also at risk of being involved in a serious car accident. There is forty two percent increase in women suffering from a car accident even before they are pregnant.

One of the reasons why pregnant women are at risk of car crashes is because after the first trimester, they can suffer from insomnia and back pain. The pregnancy can also lead to stress and anxiety. Distraction is also another reason why women can suffer from these crashes.

To avoid this car crashes, it is important for pregnant women to focus while driving. Avoid distractions such as texting while driving. Women are also encouraged to wear their seatbelts. While there are disagreements when it comes to pregnant women wearing seatbelts, Kathy Klinich, an engineer recommends that the lap portion of the belt should always go below the abdomen. The shoulder part of the seatbelt should pass over the sternum.

Airbags are known to cause injuries after an accident but this should not scare pregnant women to disable them. The best thing about airbags is that they will cushion and protect the baby from injuries if an accident occurs. At all times, experts advise pregnant women to avoid positioning the steering wheel near the belly. The steering wheel should be comfortable enough to allow you to control the car without difficulty.

Hazardous conditions are prone to cause car accidents. Some of the worst times to drive are when there is ice, rain and snow. If it is possible, do not drive during harsh weather. This can save you and your baby’s life. If you suffer an accident because of negligence of another driver, remember to consult an attorney. With the assistance of an attorney, you will get compensation for your injuries.