What to Do if You're Pregnant and in an Accident

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows that there are almost 5000 fetal deaths each year due to car accidents and this number is increasing.

Other studies show that pregnant women are 42 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident during their second trimester than before they were pregnant.

Also, for first-time moms, vehicle accidents were the #1 cause of fetal deaths due to trauma.

Cited as reasons for these startling statistics are brain changes and a release of hormones that occur in the first month of the second trimester and that contribute to pregnant women feeling particularly vibrant and having a false sense of security. Add to this the fact that, around this time in their pregnancies, women tend to busy themselves with taking care of things that they want to have done before the baby arrives.

The risk of accident was found to be greatest in the fall and early winter months, with afternoon outings being the most dangerous time of day for pregnant women.

So, although these statistics decrease dramatically for the final stage of pregnancy, women are strongly advised to be extremely cautious when driving during any stage of their pregnancy.

What a Pregnant Woman Should Do After an Accident

Car accidents are always extremely dangerous to those involved, but especially so if you are a pregnant woman. The risk of fetal injury is extremely high in car accidents and the stress of having been through a traumatic experience can itself lead to serious complications.

Car accidents are traumatic experiences and about the worst thing that an expecting mother should be involved in. The stress of having been in an accident and the worry over whether or not your unborn will be okay can lead to serious complications. Being involved in a car accident dramatically increases your chance of suffering one or more of the following:

  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Birth defects
  • Placental abruption (the placenta detaches from the womb)

These can be brought on by a sudden blow to a pregnant woman’s abdomen, such as when an airbag deploys or they are hurled into the seat in front of them. But just the sudden stopping motion caused by braking to avoid an accident or by the actual impact of the crash can be enough to cause injury to the baby, even at slow speeds.

While it is customary to worry about the damage to your car, who was at fault, etc., if you are pregnant and involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is to seek emergency medical attention.

The utmost importance should be placed on your health and the health of your unborn child. Remember, even if you feel fine, your unborn child may have suffered an injury. Also, remember that you may be so worried about an injury to your unborn baby that you don’t realize or completely ignore your own bodily injuries. So, it’s important that you seek medical attention and be thoroughly evaluated.

After you have been seen by a doctor and have been given the green light to worry about things other than your health and the health of your baby, you can contact a car accident attorney and begin to think about filing an insurance report, a claim for damages and possibly a personal injury suit against the driver responsible for the accident

Contact an Indiana Car Accident Attorney

After you have sought proper medical attention, contact our car accident attorneys and let us handle your injury claim. We have many years of experience handling cases like yours and our preparation and courtroom abilities are highly respected by insurers. Call Jacobs Law, LLC today at (317) 794-2024 or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.