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A new Canadian study suggests that pregnant women are more likely to crash their vehicles, especially moms-to-be in their second trimesters.
The study, conducted by a doctor at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Ontario suggests that 1 in 50 women will be involved in s serious motor vehicle accident while pregnant. The study examined more than 500,000 pregnant women for four years before delivery and one year after and looked at whether typical conditions of pregnancy, including nausea, fatigue, insomnia and distraction were contributing to driver error thus leading to an increased risk of being in traffic crashes.
Pregnant women, even when riding in the passenger seat, are at heightened risk for miscarriages when involved in a serious crash. The study concluded a 42 percent increase in crash risk for women before they were pregnant and women during their second trimesters.
The author of the study speculates that women who have passed the first trimester of pregnancy may be feeling more chaos in their life, combined with insomnia and back pain which could lead to distraction when behind the wheel of a car. Pain, being stressed and having a busy schedule can all result in drivers being less focused on the roadway, and distracted driving has been proven to be a top cause of auto accidents.
And while at this point there is no evidence that proves pregnant women are less capable of driving safely, the following tips can be useful reminders to increase safe driving while pregnant:
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident in the Citrus County area, you need to speak with an injury lawyer right away to learn more about your legal rights and options. A Citrus County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can assist you with your personal injury lawsuit. For a free consultation, call us today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online.