Car accidents are always scary, but for an expectant mother they can be downright terrifying. Rapid vehicle deceleration—whether from a crash or from braking hard to avoid one—can jostle a woman enough to harm her baby. Even a low-speed impact can cause injury, especially in the event of a high-risk pregnancy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic fetal deaths.
- 170,000 vehicle crashes in the United States each year involve pregnant women.
- Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death and injury among pregnant women.
Unique Pregnancy Risks
Expectant mothers often experience stress and emotional duress resulting from the trauma of an automobile accident. Birth complications caused by the collision can also lead to long-term mental stress. There is a serious risk of increased complications following an automobile accident, including:
- Birth defects
- Cesarean section
- Internal bleeding
- Premature birth
- High-risk pregnancy
See Your Doctor
A vehicle accident may cause health problems for both you and your unborn baby, including slowed growth of the baby, elevated blood pressure, and problems with the placenta. Health professionals recommend that pregnant women be examined as soon as possible in the event of a blow to the abdomen. Furthermore, should you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical care immediately:
- Abdominal pain
- Chills or a fever
- Shoulder pain
- Severe headaches
- Swelling in the face or fingers
- Faintness or dizziness
- A noticeable change in the strength or frequency of your baby’s movements
You Need an Attorney
Regardless of their severity, vehicle accidents may lead to serious health risks for pregnant women. Pregnancy can already be overwhelming, and the additional stress caused by a collision may be almost too much to bear. If you or your unborn child have been injured due to a wreck, you deserve compensation. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.