As an expectant mother, your ultimate concern is keeping your unborn child as safe and healthy as possible. Driving is one of the riskiest activities for a pregnant woman, and it only gets more dangerous as the baby grows. This is why some pregnant women stop driving altogether to avoid the risks of harming their babies. However, taking the necessary precautions can reduce the risk of harm. Everyone knows the importance of seatbelts as protective devices with the potential to save lives—does this hold true for pregnant drivers or passengers?
Anytime you are an occupant in a vehicle, you must always wear a seat belt--pregnant or not. You may be hesitant for fear of compressing your stomach, but not wearing a seatbelt or wearing it incorrectly can result in devastating, if not fatal, consequences. The best way to wear a seatbelt while pregnant is to ensure the straps are snugly and strategically in place. The lap belt should rest low under your belly, against the hips and on top of the thighs. You must adjust the shoulder straps to ensure they are not slack and lay snugly across your chest. Despite any misconceptions, buckling up is still the safest option.
Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook is led by a top-rated and highly-esteemed Walnut Creek personal injury team with the experience and tenacity to fight for your rights. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident and need legal advocacy you can trust, look no further than our firm. Our legal team fights for the injured no matter the obstacles in our way.
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