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Pregnant Drivers: How to Protect Your Baby’s Health in a NJ Car Crash


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1/23/2013
Manfred Ricciardelli
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You know how important it is to be a safe driver, since you are putting yourself and others at risk every time you get behind the wheel. But if you are pregnant, you know it’s not just you who can be hurt in a Morristown car accident. There are a number of features inside your car that can pose a threat to your baby’s health—no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy.

It always helps to be cautious when you are pregnant, and driving is no exception. Here are just a few ways to avoid injury to your baby in a New Jersey car crash:

  • Wear your seat belt. Some pregnant women are reluctant to buckle up, since the belt places pressure on their abdomen. However, seat belts greatly reduce the risk of injury in a crash—and, if worn correctly, should not cause the mother any discomfort. Always place the lap belt around your hips, below your belly, and keep the shoulder belt fastened. 
  • Pull over. Since pregnant women are more likely to get tired throughout the day, it’s a good idea to limit the number of hours you spend behind the wheel. If you must drive for more then two hours at a time, always take breaks to stay alert.
  • Adjust your settings. Impact from the steering wheel can cause a number of injuries to your baby. You can reduce your risks by sliding your car seat backward slightly, tilting the wheel upward to make room for your belly, and always keeping the airbags turned on.

If you were injured in an accident, the law team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get compensation at no cost to you. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 to begin your FREE, one-on-one consultation.



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