New Study Highlights Seatbelt Safety for Pregnant Cape Coral Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on March 26, 2013

Cape Coral injury attorneyA new study highlights that while wearing a seatbelt may not always be comfortable for pregnant Cape Coral drivers, it goes a long way to protect both mother and child. Researchers specifically found that expectant mothers who are not wearing a seatbelt during a serious car crash are more likely to lose the pregnancy than properly belted mothers.

As Reuters reports, the study examined 26 cases of women in their second and third trimesters who had been in a car crash and treated at Duke University Hospital between 1994 and 2010. Of the 86 mothers who were wearing a seatbelt during the accident, only 3.5 percent suffered pregnancy losses. However, when the drivers were not wearing a seatbelt, 25 percent of the fetuses died.

“The bottom line is, you've got to wear your restraint because it decreases the risk not only for your injuries but injury to your child,” said Dr. Haywood Brown, the chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center and senior author.

As a reminder, below are the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s tips for seatbelt use during pregnancy.

  • Place the shoulder belt across your chest (between your breasts) and away from your neck.
  • Secure the lap belt below your belly so that it fits snugly across your hips and pelvic bone.
  • Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
  • Keep at least 10 inches
between the center of your chest and the steering wheel cover or dashboard. As your abdomen grows during pregnancy, adjust your seat to maintain this 10-inch minimum.
  • Doctors recommend that pregnant women wear seat belts and leave air bags turned on.
Seat belts and air bags work together to provide the best protection for you and your unborn child.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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