What to Expect When You’re Expecting—and in a Car Accident

So far, your pregnancy has been easy, but you’re about to enter the home stretch of the third trimester and want to spend one last day at the beach before you’re too tired to move. You load up the car and head out 264. As you slow down approaching traffic congestion near the beach, you are rear ended by a driver who was not paying attention to the road in front of her. While it would have ordinarily been a minor incident, your airbag deployed right into your baby and you are worried that your pregnancy may be at risk.

How Trauma Can Affect You and Your Baby

You are right to worry. Many things can go wrong when you’re involved in a vehicle crash while pregnant, and some are devastating. You will need to get to a hospital immediately to check for the following possible effects:

  • Placental abruption. When a pregnant stomach receives a direct blow, shearing of the placenta away from its underlying attachment to the uterus, or placental abruption, can occur. Partial ablations range from insignificant to life-threatening, whereas complete abruptions can cause death for both mother and baby.
  • Premature labor. Trauma to the stomach can cause contractions to occur that can lead to labor. Typically, contractions would begin within four hours of the accident and progress from there. Premature rupture of the fetal membranes can also occur in a crash and would also begin within four hours of the accident. This can also lead to premature labor.
  • Fetal death. A direct blow to the stomach can cause contusions and fractures in the baby, and even death. Additionally, uterine rupture from the trauma can also lead to fetal death.

You Have the Power to Hold the Negligent Person Responsible

You may not feel like you have much power in what happens to you and your baby right now, but you do have the power to get justice for what the negligent driver has done. The attorneys of Tavss Fletcher want to help you receive compensation that may be able to pay for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and vehicle repairs. Although we know a settlement can’t erase the devastation of the past, it can help you feel better about the future.