What Should I Do If I’m Injured in a Car Accident While Pregnant?

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There are many concerns pregnant women discuss with their doctors. A pregnant woman may ask about her ability to fly, to enjoy rollercoasters, or what dietary staples she should refrain from.

However, very few pregnant women think to ask their doctors about risks associated with driving, despite the fact that driving is a much bigger hazard to pregnant women.

If you or a loved one is pregnant and was injured in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an auto injury lawyer. You pay nothing unless we win.

Risks of Driving While Pregnant

The risk associated with driving can vary depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy. For example, women who are in their first trimester are about as likely to be in a car accident as those women who are not pregnant.

That fact stops being true during the middle three months of gestation, where the risk of getting into a car crash is about 42 percent higher than before. Further, the number of women in their second trimester who go to the emergency room because of traffic accidents is about 1.8 times as many as their non-pregnant counterparts.

Regardless, at any point in a pregnancy, a car accident can be potentially life threatening, both to mother and baby.

What to Do if You Were in a Car Accident While Pregnant

If you are pregnant, is imperative that you go to the hospital or to your healthcare provider after being involved in a car accident. Getting into a car accident while pregnant could lead to a variety of complications.

One injury that might occur is known “placenta abruption.” This injury can lead to the blood supply being cut off to the placenta, and can be fatal not only to the fetus but also to the mother.

Unfortunately, placenta abruption is also the most common injury that accompanies a car crash when a pregnant woman is involved.

Hidden Dangers While Pregnant

Even if you believe the car accident was minor, and you doubt that any injury to the fetus or to yourself occurred, you should still seek medical help. While it might be easy to take note of your own injuries, it may be difficult to determine whether your baby was affected.

Importance of Seeing a Doctor

The important thing to note here is that while you may be able to take stock of your own well-being, only a doctor can assess to a reasonable degree of certainty the health and well-being of your baby.

Pregnancies are already an incredibly stressful event. Every mother wants the best for her child, and making sure that both your and your child’s needs are taken care of after an accident may require a lot of money.

You may have accumulated medical bills due to the accident, and your baby might grow up with medical needs that you aren’t sure you’ll be able to afford. You may also be entitled to compensation both for your and your baby’s injuries, as well as for the added stress that the car accident has caused you.

Get Help from Las Cruces Auto Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Las Cruces during your pregnancy, you should think about seeking legal help. The damage that was done both to you and your pregnancy may have lasting effects that deserve compensation.

An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover for all of your injuries, while making sure to treat your family with the compassion and care that you deserve. Call us at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a car wreck attorney. You pay nothing unless we win. Meetings with lawyers by appointment only.