Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are injured in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Over 100,000 are exclusively related to semi truck accidents. There are many types of semi truck crashes that lead to different types of injuries, including birth injuries. This is a type of injury that happen to an unborn fetus and can be serious when an expectant mother is involved in a vehicle accident of any kind. Considering the severity of some semi truck accidents, pregnant women and their unborn babies face an especially high risk of injury from these events.
What Is A Birth Injury?
A birth injury is hard caused to an unborn fetus while it is still in the womb. When a pregnant woman is involved in some type of motor vehicle accident, both she and her baby face a higher risk of injury than the average person. Motor vehicle crashes, including semi truck accidents, are a common cause of serious or fatal birth injury.
Prevalence of Birth Injuries Caused By Accidents
With nearly 100,000 fetal or maternal injuries every year, auto and semi truck accidents are the leading cause of fetal birth injuries. Crash studies performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest that motor vehicle crashes are the cause of as many as 5,000 prenatal deaths each year. Accident research also indicates that even though the chance of pregnant women being involved in an accident is low, there is a 70 percent chance that the babies of those injured women will be harmed in some way.
Fetal Injuries Suffered In Accidents
Pregnant women involved in semi truck crashes and other motor vehicle accidents may or may not be injured themselves; however, their babies may be injureds. Impacts, trauma, and other factors can disrupt the pregnancy in various ways and cause serious, even permanent injury to the fetus. This is especially true when the mother receives injuries to her internal organs, which serve both her system and her unborn baby’s system.
When these accidents happen, they can cause fetal trauma, birth defects, placental abruption or separation of the placenta, and coup or contrecoup injuries of both the mother and the baby. In addition, auto and semi truck crashes can result in high risk pregnancies, premature birthing, and even miscarriage, especially if the accident results in damage to the amniotic sack. Pregnant women are also more susceptible to cuts, lacerations, and punctures of the abdomen, which frequently result in punctures and lacerations to the fetus.
Semi truck accidents involving pregnant women can be particularly serious. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fetal injury, resulting in miscarriages and even permanent injuries to the growing fetus. Pregnant women who are involved in even a minor should seek immediate medical attention to carefully monitor both the mother and her unborn child. It is also highly recommended to enlist the assistance of a personal injury attorney experienced in birth injuries, especially those resulting from semi truck crashes.
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581
Phone: (281) 408-2190