A new study, published in the
Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that pregnancy makes a woman driver more likely to be involved in a
car crash. Statistics gathered from the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, which records
visits for Ontario's 13 million residents, showed that pregnant women
were 42% more likely to be in a serious car crash. The risk peaked in
the fourth month of pregnancy. This means that, according to the study,
being pregnant and driving a car is almost as dangerous a condition as
drivers who have sleep apnea.
The study noted that the dangers for pregnant women drivers seems to be
increased regardless of how rich or poor or old they were, whether their
pregnancy was complicated or not, or whether they already had children.
They even examined the data to rule out the possibility that pregnant
women may simply seek more medical care after car crashes than non-pregnant
drivers—and found that this was not the explanation.
This research may put hard statistics to the condition sometimes known
as "baby brain", the distracted, foggy neurological state which
pregnant women (and those around them) have observed during pregnancy.
The researchers suggest that OB doctors regularly remind their patients
about road safety as part of normal pre-natal check-ups.
Sometimes pregnant women drivers are involved in auto accidents that are
not their fault—or even involved as passengers. This can be an extremely
stressful occurrence—and these women should seek medical care immediately
after the accident to make sure all is okay with the baby, which assurance
will also reduce the stress and worry on mom and the baby during the rest
of the pregnancy. Presenting an insurance claim for a car accident that
occurred while pregnant also can be very stressful, and challenging. Experienced
auto accident attorneys such as Clawson & Clawson LLP are very familiar
with both the insurance and medical issues involved in such a claim. While
it may be difficult to treat auto injuries that occur while pregnant,
conservative treatment is still available during pregnancy. Conservative,
and alternative, treatments will help with pain symptoms during the pregnancy
and will assist in speedier injury recovery after delivery of the baby.
Sorting out the medical issues in order to determine what symptoms and
ongoing problems after delivery may be the result of the car accident
is not easy. Insurance companies will require expert medical opinions
as part of the claim. Clawson & Clawson's
Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys urge pregnant women to not close out their claim for a possible auto injury
that occurred while they were pregnant without first obtaining a no-cost
initial consultation with one of their attorneys.