A new study reveals that pregnant women are at a higher risk of getting into a serious car accident. Researchers in Ontario determined that about one in 50 pregnant women will be involved in a serious crash during their pregnancy, often during the second trimester. Although the connection between pregnancy and car accidents was not entirely clear, researchers speculate that the physical symptoms experienced in the second trimester may affect women’s ability to drive safely.
The study, which was published in the May 12th issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, surveyed a group of 500,000 Ontario women. The research team, led by Dr. Donald Redelmeier of the University of Toronto Department of Medicine and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, recorded accident occurrences starting four years before delivery and concluding one year after delivery. Researchers examined whether common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and insomnia were distracting women from focusing on safe driving behaviors.
Second Trimester Riskiest Time for Pregnant Drivers
Researchers found a sharp increase in auto accidents during the second trimester. In the years before pregnancy, the women were involved in a total of 6,922 crashes, averaging about 177 per month. Women who were driving during their second trimester were involved in 727 crashes, or about 252 per month. This equates to a 42% increase in car accidents during the months of the second trimester. The study results did not indicate an increase in accidents involving pregnant women as pedestrians or passengers.
The researchers called for increased vigilance among pregnant drivers. In addition to uncomfortable or painful physical symptoms, pregnant women can be distracted by their growing to-do list in preparation for the birth of their child. Dr. Redelmeier advised pregnant women to prioritize safe driving behaviors, such as wearing seat belts, using turn signals, and reducing speed, when behind the wheel.
Drivers must maintain their focus at all times while operating a vehicle. When a driver is confronted with any type of distraction on the road, they can become a hazard to others. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, an experienced auto accident attorney can help you determine if your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence and hold that person accountable.
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