When you are pregnant, there are some special things that you should do to protect your baby while you’re driving. You can’t avoid every accident, but there are things that you can do to ensure your baby’s safety in case you’re in an accident and you need to file for compensation for whiplash accident. Below are some tips that you can use to help keep your baby safe while you’re driving and to give you one less thing to worry about.
Buckle your seatbelt to help protect your baby
No matter how tight it is, expectant mothers should always wear their seat belts. The shoulder strap should run directly across her chest and she should not put her lap belt on her belly or above it. The seatbelts should be kept snug and she should never put it behind her back or her arm. This is the first line of defence for an expectant mother and her baby in case a crash should happen while she is driving or when she’s a passenger.
Don’t lean forward to help protect your baby
When an expectant mother is driving, she should not have very much slack in her safety belt. She should sit with her body against her seat and not lean forward. This is going to minimise her forward movement in case of a crash and will also let the car’s airbag correctly operate. If she is sitting too close to her steering wheel, the airbag may damage her or the baby. So sitting back as far from the steering wheel as possible is essential.
Don’t drive if possible to help avoid needing compensation for whiplash accident
If an expectant mother doesn’t have to drive, she shouldn’t. This is especially true when she’s in her later months of pregnancy. It’s best for her to stay in the passenger seat and it will be the safest place for her and her baby if a crash happens. In the later months, her uterus and her baby could be crushed by the steering wheel if she is in an accident because her stomach is so close to the steering wheel. So the passenger seat really is best for the baby and her safety.
If you’ve been injured while you were driving or in a car and you have whiplash, something that you should do is to get a solicitor. A solicitor can help you with your case and give you the advice that you need. We can help you find the right solicitor at Accident Advice Helpline. One quick call to us can help you with finding the right solicitor. The top solicitors are waiting for your call to help you. Call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 28th August 2013