On May 12, 2014, a new study titled, “Pregnancy and the risk of a traffic crash” by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggests that pregnant women, especially in their second trimester, may be at a greater risk for being involved in auto accidents. Pregnant drivers should be aware of their increased risks, and use extra caution driving on the roadways. To read the study, click here: CMAJ Pregnant Driver Study 2014.
Why are pregnant drivers at higher risk of accident?
Pregnancy brings symptoms of morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and distraction. All of these factors can contribute to driver distraction or driver error while on the roadways.
Why is the second trimester especially dangerous? The second trimester is when women feel the most effects of pregnancy, and often experience something called “pregnancy brain”, which is “the foggy thinking many women report as pregnancy progresses.”
What does this mean for pregnant drivers?
The study does not suggest that pregnant women should not drive. It only suggests that you should be aware of these greater risks and use especial care when operating a motor vehicle.
Anytime you drive a car, it is important to buckle your seat belt, take you time, slow down, and observe all traffic and safety rules.
Contact a Columbia Auto Accident lawyer at the Goings Law Firm, LLC if you have been injured in an Accident.
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