Can children be a contributing factor to crashes before they’re born? One new study on car accident causes shows they are.
The research was conducted at the University of Toronto and was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. An estimated 500,000 pregnancies between 2006 and 2011 were examined to draw the study’s conclusions.
The researchers concluded that about one in 50 pregnant women would be involved in a motor vehicle crash at some point before childbirth, with the highest crash rates coming during the first month of the second trimester. The team also determined the least likely time for pregnant women to be involved in an accident is during the final month before labor.
Factors such as age, socioeconomic status, and baby gender had no effect on a mother’s chances of being in an accident, but location did. Pregnant women driving in urban areas were more likely to crash than those in rural areas.
These findings leave many pregnant women wondering what they can do to stay safe while driving. The attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices point out that wearing a seat belt is the best way to reduce the chances of injury or death in the event of an accident and there’s no better time to promise to buckle up than now!
The firm is giving away a free trip for four to Fern Resort in Ontario, Canada, to one lucky person who pledges to wear their seat belt every time they get in a car. To be a part of the Buckle Your Belt program, just fill out the free and easy form on our website.