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Expectant Mothers in Car Accidents

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.


The human body is an incredible thing; it can endure extreme heat and cold, withstand many types of trauma, overcome diseases, and stay healthy for decades to come, not to mention developing a fetus into a newborn baby.

Pregnant women who have been in a car accident have many things to consider. Having to begin the process of reporting a claim to an insurance company is standard, but it is the least of an expectant mother’s worries; she is concerned for her health and the health of her developing baby.
“Placental abruption” occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus due to sudden force or impact, such as in a multi-car collision. Despite a lack of symptoms in some cases, placental abruption can have devastating consequences, including hemorrhages, premature delivery, miscarriage, or, in extreme cases, stillbirth. Common symptoms may include vaginal bleeding, back pain, and contractions.

In the interest of safety, it is essential that all expectant mothers wear seatbelts when riding in vehicles. One study compared pregnant women who were in car accidents to pregnant women who were not, and those who were in accidents (at least one each) had increased rates of placental abruption, pre-term birth, and premature rupture of membranes. The study also found that, of expectant mothers who were or were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, those who did not were three times as likely to suffer a stillbirth as those who did.

Trauma is a leading cause of fetal mortality and may be extremely harmful to a fetus and its organs. Of course, prompt medical treatment must be the first priority of any pregnant woman who has been in a car accident; there is simply nothing more important.

If you or a loved one is pregnant and has been injured in an accident, contact Mike Agruss Law, LLC for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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