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A car accident is always scary, but expecting mothers may face additional fears and risks for their unborn child when they are involved in a crash. The impact from a collision can put the health of the mother at risk for increased injury and lead to serious and deadly consequences for the baby.
The car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group have experience representing individuals who were in a car accident while pregnant and helping them seek the compensation they may deserve. Call us today at (800)-863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with skilled Waco personal injury lawyers.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN TEXAS
In 2019, 3,610 people were killed in car accidents and 256,338 people were injured in Texas. Out of these injuries, 15,843 were serious injuries, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. While a number of factors can contribute to a crash, some of the most common causes of car accidents in Texas include the following:
When drivers speed, they have less time to react. This means that a speeding car will hit crash victims with a higher impact and can cause more severe injuries. In 2019, speeding was a contributing factor in over 250 car crash fatalities in Texas.
Impaired driving may result in weaving across lanes, quickly accelerating or decelerating, swerving, tailgating, or driving without headlights at night. In 2019, there were 886 people killed in Texas in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, making up 25% of the total number of people killed in car accidents.
It only takes a few seconds for drivers to respond to a text on their phone, but those few seconds can be fatal for crash victims. If a driver’s eyes are on a phone, then they’re not focused on the road or the cars around them. Distracted driving continues to be one of the leading causes of car accidents in Texas.
Failing to Yield at Intersections
In 2019, 731 people were killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection. When drivers failed to look twice, slow down, or respect the right-of-way, intersections and turns can seriously injury drivers.
Car accidents can range from minor fender-benders to high-speed collisions. Typical car accident injuries may include head injuries, broken bones, cuts and bruises, and back injuries. However, when a pregnant individual is involved in a car accident, there may be additional injuries that can put both the mother and child at risk. These injuries may include:
The stress and shock of an accident on a pregnant woman’s body can cause the body to go into labor. These contractions may occur even if the mother is far from her due date. According to the CDC, babies born three or more weeks earlier than their due date have a greater risk of serious disability or death.
In a car crash, the seatbelt, airbags, or steering wheel can all press into the mother’s stomach and cause bleeding. While bleeding can occur for the number of reasons, it should be immediately checked by a medical professional to ensure that the mother and baby are not more seriously injured.
Placental separation occurs when the placenta becomes unattached from the uterus, which can disrupt the supply of oxygen to the baby. It is the most common cause of loss of fetal loss in car crashes. However, partial placental separations are also possible, and a pregnancy may be able to continue in some cases.
In serious cases, the impact of a car crash can result in a miscarriage. This can cause serious emotional trauma, and the mother may be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering of losing their child.
A car accident can result in a premature birth or direct fetal injuries, both of which can lead to birth defects. A birth defect can require emergency surgery, extensive time in the NICU, and ongoing medical care. These procedures may all be expensive and result in extensive hospital bills.
What to do after a car accident
A car crash can leave anyone feeling shaken and overwhelmed about what to do next. When a pregnant individual is involved in an accident, she will not only have to worry about her health, but also about the health of her child. The below steps outline what you should do in the days and weeks following your accident.
1. Seek Medical Attention
A car crash can cause complications and affect the health of an unborn child. After a crash, it may not be immediately clear how a car accident has affected your pregnancy. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
2. Monitor Your Health
After you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, be sure to watch for any additional signs or symptoms that occur in the days following the accident. Don’t ignore any signs or symptoms because you can experience the effects of a car accident several days after it happens.
3. Document Your Damage
As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of the damage to your car and any injuries you sustained in the accident. If anyone witnessed the accident, be sure to obtain their information and contact details. Additionally, if a police officer responded to your accident, he or she will have filled out an accident report. Be sure to call the police department to ask for a copy of the accident report or how to access this report once it becomes available.
4. Notify Your Insurance Company
After you’ve been in a car accident, your insurance company needs to be notified. In minor cases without any injuries, you can call your insurance company and notify them yourself. However, if any party is injured, it is best to call an experienced car accident lawyer first because you may not be prepared to speak with an insurance agent or know the full extent of your injuries.
Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible. They may offer you a settlement, or an amount of money that they’ve evaluated the damage to be. However, this may not be the actual value of your case and may be insufficient to cover your expenses, especially with a serious injury that may be ongoing throughout your pregnancy or child’s life.
5. Document Your Expenses
It’s important that you keep track of all receipts and paperwork related to your accident. This could include hospital and doctor bills, documented time taken off from work due to any injuries, and receipts for the repair or replacement of your car.
6. Contact a Lawyer
Our car accident lawyers are here to help walk you through every step of the process. If retained, they will ensure you receive proper medical treatment, investigate the accident, interview witnesses, collect crash reports, negotiate with the insurance company, file a lawsuit, and go to trial if necessary.
At Zinda Law Firm, we can help you determine the damages you are entitled to and may help you pursue them. The amount of compensation you are eligible for will depend on the extent of your injuries, the amount of your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle, among other things.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim if I Lose the Baby?
In Texas, a mother can file a wrongful death claim if a car accident causes her to miscarry her child, regardless of how far along in the pregnancy that mother was when the accident occurred. While no amount of money will be able to right the situation, a wrongful death claim may help cover funeral expenses, easing some of the stress of her financial burden and pain and suffering.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you were injured in a car accident and want to file a car accident lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. In Texas, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim for your injuries. It is best to contact an law firm near you, in Waco or in the surrounding area, as soon as possible to help you seek the money you deserve.
Contact a lawyer who handles car accident cases
At Zinda Law Group, our Waco personal injury attorneys have helped many crash victims get the compensation they deserved after suffering injuries. We understand that the trauma of a car accident and pregnancy complications may leave you with significant financial and emotional burdens. Let us handle your legal case, while you focus on recovering from a car accident.
We realize you’ll already be worried about your baby and don’t believe you should also have to worry about being able to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer accident victims 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
If you were injured in Waco in a car accident while pregnant, call Zinda Law Group at (800)-863-5312 to receive your free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.
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