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Seatbelts Protect Pregnant Women in Accidents

by Travis Headley on 03/22/2013

Seatbelt usage rates among pregnant women are low, not least because of the assumption that these devices increase the risk of injury to the fetus in an accident.  However, a new study shows that that is not the case at all.  In fact, pregnant women who are buckled in may have a much lower risk to their fetus in an accident, compared to pregnant women who are not wearing a seatbelt.

Many pregnant women also fail to buckle up because they find seat belts very uncomfortable.  However, the study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that the best thing that you could do as an expectant mother is to buckle up while driving.

The study focused on 126 cases of women who had been involved in an accident between 1994 and 2010.  In all of these cases, the women were either in their 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy. 

The researchers found that among the 86 mothers who were wearing a seat belt at the time, there were 3 fetus fatalities.   Among the 12 women who were not wearing a seat belt at the time, there were also 3 fetus fatalities.  That works out to a fetus fatality rate of25% in the case of women who were not wearing seat belts, compared to a fatality rate of 3.5% among women who were wearing a seat belt at the time.

The study also revealed some interesting facts about pregnant women and seatbelt unit.  First-time mothers were much more likely to give up seat belt use, compared to mothers who already had children.

There are similar injury concerns that pregnant women have about airbags as well, and many wrongly believe that airbags injure the fetus.  That belief is misconstrued as well.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, consult an experienced Texas car accident lawyers at our firm.  

Tags: Automobile Accidents

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