Know the compensation you should receive if you’ve sustained a ruptured disc during a car accident

After a minor rear-end collision — a fender bender or more significant car crashes —  back injuries can occur, including ruptured or herniated disks.

Unfortunately, a herniated or ruptured disk can mean debilitating pain, irritated nerves resulting in random sharp spasms, overreacting reflexes, leg numbness, and radiating pins and needles. These are severe injuries requiring extensive medical attention and care to treat and successfully recover from. You may need physical therapy or even surgery from a spinal specialist.

Regardless of what symptoms you may be experiencing, another damaging result of such an injury is exponential medical costs. Costs including your initial urgent care visit following the car accident, pain prescription costs, specialist appointments, therapy, MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans can all add up to a staggering sum.

What sort of damages can you recover if you suffered a ruptured disc from a vehicle collision?

You may be entitled to compensation for one or more of the following costs and damages:

  • Prior medical bills
  • Future medical costs
  • Lost income or wages while you’re recovering
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium due to injuries
  • Therapy for PTSD from the collision
  • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
  • Physical pain or discomfort, temporary or permanent

How much compensation can you expect?

It is difficult to predict the total value of compensation a victim (or plaintiff) will receive as everyone’s injuries are different. Many factors may determine the full payment, such as the following: what type of herniated disk you have, the location of the disk, the severity of injury and trauma to your spinal column, whether you have a herniated disk or a bulging disk, and if you require surgery. However, you could receive anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000, or even more in some instances.

Is there a time limit to file a lawsuit for an auto accident?

Yes, there is a statute of limitations in an auto accident-related personal injury lawsuit. Under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, you have two years from the date the injury arose. That might be the date of the crash or the date you became aware of your injuries that were caused by the crash.

For more specific guidance as to the value of your claim and the strength of your case, contact our experienced team of personal injury lawyers today to set up a consultation. Contact The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose at 415-946-8900 or online.

How to know who is at fault in a multi-car

Under California law, the party responsible for causing a car collision (person at fault) will be accountable for compensating for losses and damages. In many car accidents, liability is only between two drivers. The fault will go to the driver that broke a roadway law and caused the collision. However, in a multi-car crash, fault and liability can be more challenging to determine.

Let’s explore differences in assessing fault indifferent scenarios …

Three Car Collisions

In a three-car collision, the fault will go to the driver who initially broke the law and caused a chain collision involving other cars. Even if the second car had to violate a rule for the driver’s safety and the safety of others, the fault would fall back on the initial driver and vehicle that triggered the accident.

What about a multi-car collision or “pileup?”

A multi-car pileup is trying and traumatic for all parties involved and it is also challenging determining fault and liability.

A multi-car pileup is a crash including and affecting numerous vehicles, drivers, and passengers (who may have sustained injuries due to the crash’s impact).

These unfortunate large-scale collisions are complex to litigate. Multiple drivers may yield fault for a multi-car accident, or one driver may be deemed responsible for everyone else’s damages. Understanding what happened can be difficult. Each driver may have a different account of the events, and all may deny fault.

Several other factors play a part in determining fault and liability…

Can dash-cam footage be valuable and is it legal?

The short answer is “mostly,” although because dash cams are also equipped with audio recordings, the driver must post a visible notice (a sticker or sign that doesn’t pose a hazard to other drivers) informing passengers that they are being recorded. If the passenger protests to their audio being utilized, then the dash-cam audio must be turned off, but the remaining video footage is still permissible when determining fault (even in court). Footage can be beneficial in determining liability. This also applies to rear and front bumper cameras (should the vehicle be equipped with them).

*It is important to note: The dash-cam footage may also be used against you should something be discovered, placing you at fault for a portion or all of the accident.

Are there any potential witnesses present?  

Another essential tool in assessing cause and fault in a multi-car crash is witnesses.

Witnesses (who weren’t involved in the collision) are critical in any car accident, but especially in a multi-car pileup. Witnesses are unbiased observers and likely will base their statements and descriptions on precisely what they observed. Drivers involved in the accident generally are vested in denying blame.

Suppose several witnesses at the scene of the accident corroborate each other. In this instance, the chain of events and initial wrongdoing is established and confirmed when it may have otherwise been difficult to verify and work through.

It is imperative to get the information (when possible) of bystanders involved that may later become witnesses helping to recount and determine liability. Collect contact information of potential witnesses and take notes, so long as you are able.

Witnesses can offer decisive information to the accident report, to the insurance companies assigned with the task of determining what percentage of liability each driver holds, and your attorney.

Call the police right away.

Lastly, but most importantly, call the police right away. The police will write the crash report and pay close attention to the facts involved. Additionally, police take photos, review video surveillance footage (like traffic cameras where available), and gather detailed information.

What should you do if you are injured in a multi-car accident?

Regardless of the severity of your injuries, it is wise to seek medical attention following an accident. Adrenaline may mask some of your symptoms and it is prudent to document any conditions right away in case you need to file a claim later on.

You may be entitled to financial recovery for injuries or property damages. You’ll want someone to advocate for your best interests and the best possible outcome for your case and our team of experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose are here to help you do just that. If you have been involved in a multi-car accident, call us today at 415-496-8900.

How to sue for a “whiplash” injury and how to arrive at a fair settlement

“Whiplash” is a common term and often gets associated with and popularized by TV shows like Law and Order and Seinfeld; however, the proper medical name for this type of injury is a “cervical muscle strain” or similarly a “neck strain.”

Whichever term you prefer, the reality is that whiplash injury is of no joking matter but instead highly disruptive and usually severely painful. A whiplash injury can also force you to be out of commission when it comes to working, school, and other social, business, and physical activities—your best chance at receiving the fair compensation that you may be entitled to (depending on who’s been deemed liable), is by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

How much is my claim worth?

Whether you are seeking compensation for a whiplash injury through an insurance claim or via lawsuit, the amount you are entitled to on a few different factors like:

  • the nature of the whiplash
  • the duration of the injury
  • severity of pain
  • length of pain
  • total medical bills
  • need for future medical care
  • time off from work
  • degree of temporary or permanent disability

Pro Tip: If you have just been in any motor vehicle accident, seek medical attention immediately (even if you feel fine at that moment). Due to various components like Adrenaline, emotions, and anxiety, symptoms resulting from injuries sustained in a car collision can be temporarily masked. However, days after impact, you may find yourself in excruciating pain. Always better to err on the side of caution!

To increase your chances of receiving compensation in a personal injury lawsuit as a result of any collision, it’s best to have documented your medical injuries and symptoms every step of the way via urgent care visits, doctor’s appointments and notes, and CT scans or X-rays. At the very least, a precautionary trip to the ER Dept post vehicle accident can protect you later should any symptoms arise pointing towards a personal injury.

Here are a few action steps to keep in mind if you believe you have experienced whiplash in an automobile accident:

  1. Don’t ignore your pain. 

Most whiplash-type injuries go away within one to two weeks, in the more severe of cases, a patient is symptom-free within (on average) three to four months but some cases may take a year or longer.

Lingering symptoms of a neck injury should never go unchecked, ignored, or dismissed as “just whiplash.” The neck is fragile, sensitive, filled with nerve endings, and is part of the spinal cord. If symptoms persist, you should be as persistent with their physician until seeing a change moreover an improvement with ultimately positive results.

Being persistent is essential foremost for your wellbeing and secondly to your claim or case.

  1. Keep track of all expenses.

As important as keeping track of medical records is keeping track of all medical bills and related expenses. Expenses related to the accident and whiplash such as medical equipment, receipts, transportation costs to and from medical appointments, and smaller items like bandages, neck braces, pain relief items, and larger expenses such as physical therapy costs should all be saved and tracked.

The medical paperwork, expenses, and bills helps to reflect and exhibit the duration of your pain. It is also prudent to keep track of all the hours of work or school missed due to the accident and whiplash injury.  

  1. Seek legal counsel sooner rather than later.

Before speaking with an insurance adjustor, it is wise to speak with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies are in the business of minimizing the funds they pay out in claims, and it is important to be very prepared to deal with them or have an attorney speak with them on your behalf.

The best way to determine whether your claim is viable is by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, either after the initial accident or as soon as you are symptomatic or diagnosed. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis which means that they do not get paid unless you get paid.

If you believe you may have suffered a whiplash injury in a recent automobile accident, contact us today for a review of your case.

Five Delayed Injuries After a Car Accident

When a person has been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. In California, it’s vital to comply with the state’s filing deadline. When filing a lawsuit, an injured party usually has two years from the date the accident occurred.

But, what happens if you feel like you suffered no injuries? It’s not uncommon for a person to feel like they’ve walked away unscathed from a car accident. Adrenaline is known to mask many injures from a car accident. It may delay symptoms and give a person the false impression that they have no injuries. That’s why it’s vital to be aware of delayed symptoms.

Below are five possible delayed injuries that can occur days or even weeks after a car accident. Therefore, it’s vital to monitor delayed symptoms, especially to receive any legal recourse for those delayed injures.

1. Back and Neck Pain

The impact of a crash alone can lead to spinal injury and even a herniated disc. When a vertebra is dislocated, it puts pressure on the nerves surrounding the spinal cord. This can lead to a pinched nerve. It’s essential to consult with a medical doctor or specialist if you experience symptoms of numbness or tingling. They are signs of back pain, which, if left untreated, can limit mobility.

Like back pain, a car crash can cause neck pain. Most victims of car accidents experience whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a collision forces the head back into the seat. Symptoms usually include stiffness, soreness, and a limited range of motion. Some people also experience pain, swelling, and headaches.

2. Headaches

Headaches are not only a common complaint after a car accident, but they can be an indication of a more severe injury.

A headache can signal a blood clot in the brain or a concussion. Because the impact can cause the brain to hit against the skull, it may lead to bleeding or bruising of the brain. In some instances, a headache developed after a car crash can go away on its own. However, in other, more severe cases, it can lead to discovering a traumatic brain injury.

3. Pain in the Abdomen

Pain in the abdomen is another injury that can be delayed. However, it’s crucial to monitor for abdominal pain. It can be a sign of a life-threatening issue, like internal bleeding. Bruising, dizzy spells, and fainting can also be signs of blood loss.

4. Numbness and Tingling

Numbness and tingling sensations are not always connected to back pain. They may also be symptoms related to nerve damage in and around the spine.

5. Changes in Behavior

Behavioral changes after a car crash usually signal a more significant problem such as memory problems, vision or hearing loss, and depression. Therefore, it’s essential to monitor any changes in behavior to treat the underlying causes.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Delayed injuries are serious. If you have experienced a car crash, monitoring for behavioral changes and being aware of these symptoms can help you get prompt medical care. It can also ensure that you obtain proper damages from a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our attorneys at 415-946-8900 or at Dan Rose Law to schedule a free consultation.

A Letter of Protection and How It Helps in a Personal Injury Case

Not everyone involved in an accident may have health insurance. Or, there may be times when a covered person’s insurance denies injury claims arising from an accident.  That means that getting medical attention can be complicated. The injured person may be left with paying medical expenses out-of-pocket. As costs escalate, it increases the chances that a person will be unable to pay. So, what options does a person who was injured by another have for paying medical expenses?

Simply put, a Letter of Protection is a document that helps someone get medical care when they have been injured due to another person’s negligence. A Letter of Protection alleviates the burden that the injured party might otherwise have in paying for medical expenses themselves. Below, we discuss what a letter of protection is and the benefits of using one.

Letter of Protection

A Letter of Protection is a medical lien. When a person is injured, their lawyer will send a Letter of Protection to a doctor or medical provider, which promises to pay for medical bills once a settlement is received. The injured person will get medical treatment without health insurance or cash, asking the doctor to hold their account for collection. Once payment is obtained from the settlement, the lawyer will use it to pay back the doctor.

There many benefits to using a Letter of Protection, but there are also some drawbacks.

Drawbacks

If you are not successful in your case against the at-fault party, you are still responsible for paying your medical bills.

Benefits

One of the benefits of having a Letter of Protection is that the attorney handling the claim can arrange medical appointments. Having such a liaison will ensure that you get immediate attention for your injury. Also, in a personal injury suit, it’s necessary to document the extent of injuries by gathering medical records. It is a tedious process that may take several weeks to obtain all the relevant documentation. However, with a Letter of Protection, it is easier for the attorney to get medical records from one doctor.  Also, fewer medical bills make it easier to pay for medical costs at once.

A Letter of Protection can also protect your credit. Since a Letter of Protection is a contract, our experienced attorneys can input specific language that prevents unpaid bills from being sent to a collection agency for a while. However, a Letter of Protection doesn’t absolve the injured party from paying their medical bills. Even if the case is ultimately lost, the injured party must still pay their medical bills.

Another benefit is that when a doctor provides medical care with a Letter of Protection, they are more willing to give testimony regarding the injured person’s medical injuries. In a personal injury case, the injured party is responsible for proving the extent of their injuries because that’s how the monetary amount is determined. Having a medical expert describe the harm will allow a deeper understanding of the extent of the injury.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If your medical insurance has denied paying for medical expenses because they believe the other party should pay, or if you don’t have insurance, a Letter of Protection can be a good option. Contact our attorneys at 415-946-8900 or at Dan Rose Law to schedule a free consultation.

Reasons Why a Car Accident Settlement May be Delayed

Every car accident results in varying property damage and physical injury. Unfortunately, there is no average length of time to settle a car accident case. Some car accident settlements can take several weeks, where others can take months or even years. The specific circumstances of an accident significantly impact how quickly or slowly a settlement may take. Many factors can influence a lengthy car settlement, and this is especially true if you suffered extensive injuries or property damage.

Factors That Influence Timing of a Settlement Process

Having a lawyer who understands the nuances of the laws in a car accident is extremely valuable. Typically, once a person is involved in a car accident and a claim is filed with the insurance company.  They will need documentation of medical bills to assess damages. The insurance company will also review statements and police reports to determine who caused the accident. Once the insurance company has that information, the insurance adjuster can evaluate a settlement offer. However, the insurance company isn’t in the business of making large settlement offers. It may offer the least amount of money. In these cases, an experienced attorney can negotiate a settlement offer.  Also, there may be other unforeseen circumstances that contribute to a longer settlement process.

Liability

In California, responsibility for a car accident is determined by the party responsible, or “at-fault.” Before an insurance company pays out money, they will determine who caused the accident. In some instances, proving that the other driver was 100 percent at fault may be a lengthy process. The fault may be shared by one or more parties, and that means a reduced settlement. To prove that the other driver is liable, your attorney may also need to take time to properly investigate the accident.

Recovery Time for Your Injuries

Seeking medical attention for injuries after a car accident takes time. This is especially true if the injuries are severe. The discovery of one injury may lead to another, and treatment may be ongoing. While undergoing medical treatment, it will be challenging to assess the actual value of your injuries since the final amount of medical expenses won’t have been determined. A car accident attorney would like to ascertain all the recoverable damages a person is entitled to receive and may want to wait until you have fully recovered. Only then will you know what your medical expenses are and what future medical care you might need. You also will have a better idea of what to request as compensation for lost income. However, your attorney can still make a claim to ensure you receive proper medical care.

Large Settlement

The more significant the accident, naturally, the higher potential your case has for a large payout. Insurance companies don’t quickly hand over large amounts of money. They investigate cases to find information that can reduce compensation. The insurance company may also engage in delaying the case in the hopes that you will settle for less. Working with a legal professional familiar with insurance company tactics can be beneficial.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Delay in settling a car accident case can be incredibly frustrating. Contact our attorneys at 415-946-8900 or at Dan Rose Law to schedule a free consultation about your specific case.

How do Settlements with Commercial Vehicle Accidents Work?

Even when drivers are careful, accidents still occur. Experiencing an accident may not always be avoidable. Accidents that involve a semi-truck or tractor-trailer can leave victims with even more severe injuries and financial damages due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicle. As the victim, you may encounter costly medical bills, time away from work, and haggling with insurance companies. This leaves you wondering whether the commercial vehicle can be held responsible for the damages suffered.

Can I File a Lawsuit?

 Under California law, liability for car accidents, including commercial vehicles like trucks, is determined by the responsible party.  Anyone can file a personal injury lawsuit, but for it to be successful, there has to be evidence showing that the commercial vehicle was negligent in causing the accident.

There are two ways to determine fault: (1) common law negligence and (2) by a statute. The first, common law negligence, requires a showing that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care in operating their commercial vehicle. Police reports, witness statements, and other investigatory tools are used to prove the driver’s negligence.

The second way, proving fault through statute, is easier to prove. California lawmakers have already found certain conduct negligent, like speeding or running through a red light. It’s outlined in the California Vehicle Code. If a commercial vehicle was involved in such behavior, then it is likely that they were at fault.

However, since California is also a “comparative fault” jurisdiction, the damages any victim can recover will be evaluated based on the percentage the person contributed to the accident. That means that even if the driver caused the accident, they might still have a personal injury claim.

Settlements

Suppose you were involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle. In that case, you should contact an attorney before speaking to a trucking company’s insurance company or accepting a settlement offer. While most cases won’t make it to trial, it doesn’t alleviate the injured party’s burden to investigate their case. To get the maximum settlement offer, insurance companies need to see the strength of the victim’s case.

To determine the extent of damages, first, you need to assess the damages. In California, personal injury victims involved in accidents with commercial vehicles may recover medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and others.

In accidents involving commercial vehicles where injuries are extensive, it is essential to document medical expenses. Gathering medical bills from hospitals, specialists, ambulance fees, and physical therapy or potential procedures will assist in determining the extent of injuries. Depending on the severity of the injuries, it may take time to gather all medical expenses and to monitor other injuries that arise.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

An injured party has two years to file a claim in civil court for a personal injury claim. Negotiating with a commercial vehicle’s insurance company doesn’t require that a lawsuit be filed with the court. However, it is crucial because if the insurance company delays negotiations, the victim may forgo its right to have a court review the case. Contact our attorneys at 415-946-8900 or at Dan Rose Law to schedule a free consultation about your specific case.

How to Determine Responsibility in a Self-Driving Car Accident

Technology continues to grow in every aspect of American society, including the automotive industry. The auto-industry estimates autonomous vehicles won’t make it to mass-market until 2025 because technological hurdles still remain before mass-market. Recent incidents involving many self-driving cars on California roads have raised safety concerns. This raises an interesting question of liability. In an injury by a self-driving car, who is at fault for the accident? Is it the manufacturer or the operator?

What is a Self-Driving Car

According to the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, there are 5 levels of autonomous vehicles:

  • Level 1: Driver Assistance. Offers some driving assist features, but the vehicle is controlled by a driver.
  • Level 2: Partial Automation: The vehicle has combined automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged and monitor the environment at all times.
  • Level 3: Conditional Automation: A driver is necessary but not required to monitor the environment. The driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at all times with notice.
  • Level 4: High Automation: The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions.
  • Level 5: Full Automation: The car performs all driving functions under all conditions.

When Is the Driver Responsible After a Self-Driving Car Accident?

At the present moment, most autonomous cars operate at Level 2 or 3 of the Automated driving levels. That means that even though the vehicle can perform functions independently, a driver is still necessary to monitor the surroundings. These self-driving cars alert the driver to disengage autonomous mode and control the vehicle to avoid a crash.

In March 2018, a self-driving Volvo hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The test car was part of Uber’s testing. The car’s technology couldn’t predict the direction of the woman walking. Unfortunately, the driver inside wasn’t watching the road. Instead, she watched an episode of “The Voice.”

In the end, blame was shared among the driver, Uber, the car manufacturer, and even the pedestrian. These are complex cases that require investigation into the most minor details. However, since a driver is still responsible for monitoring the environment and avoiding such a crash, the driver will most likely be one of the parties at fault.

When Is the Manufacturer Responsible After a Self-Driving Car Accident?

Just because the driver is responsible doesn’t mean that the manufacturer is home-free. In 2018, a Tesla Model X was on autopilot and collided with a highway barrier in California. The impact killed the driver. The victim’s family sued Tesla because they believed that the design, manufacture, testing, and maintenance of the Tesla model failed to adequately instruct drivers to take control of the vehicle. Although Tesla settled the case, The State of California’s Department of Transportation was also named a party in the suit because they failed to fix a crash attenuator. California’s Department of Transportation conducted an investigation. It found many contributing factors that led to the death, including the driver, Tesla’s autopilot system, and a damaged crash attenuator.

Contact a Skilled Attorney

Injury by a self-driving car presents complex issues. To determine liability, whether it was the driver or manufacturer’s responsibility, can be difficult. The car’s level of autonomy will become a factor in assigning blame. Additionally, the software and hardware may be supplied by many different companies. That can make it harder to determine fault.  An experienced car accident attorney at Dan Rose Law Firm can help you investigate your situation to develop a successful legal strategy.

Who is Liable for an Accident in a Blind Spot?

What makes blind spots so dangerous while driving is that it requires the driver to break from their standard field of vision. Checking a blind spot usually requires that the driver break contact with the road ahead to look behind their shoulder. Technology continues to improve driver safety with inventions like blind spot indicators. Even still, accidents occur when a driver hits another car in a blind spot. In those situations, who is to blame? Is it the driver who merged into another driver’s blind spot? Or the driver who missed what was in their blind spot?

What is a Blind Spot?

A blind spot is an area surrounding the vehicle that the driver cannot see within their usual field of vision. A driver’s normal field of vision usually includes what’s in front of the vehicle, the car’s peripheral, and what can be seen by side and rearview mirrors.

A blind-spot hides objects, like other cars, cyclists, and pedestrians, from a driver. Despite how a vehicle was engineered, every vehicle has blind spots. There will be objects out of the driver’s direct sight.

The automobile industry has created technological advances to assist with blind spots. For example, many cars now have back-up cameras that assist with object that aren’t in a driver’s normal field of vision. Some cars also have blind spot monitors that alert a driver when they are switching lanes. Even with the creation of these gadgets, it is still important that the driver recognize their blind spots.

Who is Responsible in a Blind Spot Accident?

It depends on the circumstances of the accident. For example, let’s say a driver is preparing to change lanes. The driver looks in their mirrors, turns their head to look at the car’s sides, and determines it’s clear to switch lanes. However, the driver failed to see a vehicle already in the lane because of their blind spot. In such instances, the driver who merged into the other lane will be liable.

Under California law, the responsibility for any accident is determined by the person “at-fault.” However, that doesn’t mean that there is only one party to blame. In any one accident, there may be multiple parties to blame.

Ways to determine blame include showing that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care in operating their vehicle. Police reports, witness statements, and other investigatory tools are used to prove the driver’s negligence, such as if one of the drivers violated any driving laws, like running a red light or speeding. Suppose a driver is already in a lane and sees another car trying to merge. He speeds up to prevent the vehicle from merging, and the two cars collide. Then it is likely that the vehicle driving in the blind spot could be liable.

Therefore, in any blind spot accident, many factors will come into play to determine who is to blame for the accident.

 Contact a Skilled Attorney

The circumstances surrounding an accident caused by a blind spot can be complicated and require expert advice to rectify so that accurate responsibility can be assigned. An experienced attorney at Dan Rose Law Firm can help assess your situation and develop a successful legal strategy.

Safety Driving Tips for Expectant Mothers

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or third, expectant mothers have to avoid things like hot yoga, roller coaster rides, and even certain cleaning products. It’s a long list indeed, and the mother-to-be must make temporary adjustments to ensure her safety and that of her baby.

According to a national study conducted in the U.S., women represented almost half of the workforce in 2019. Plus, even if work isn’t the reason you drive, it’s something that can’t be easily avoided. However, suppose a pregnant woman is involved in a car accident and risks injury to herself and her unborn baby. Luckily, there are many adjustments an expecting mother can make to ensure a safe ride.

Seatbelts

Experts agree that seatbelts are the most effective means to save lives and lessen injuries in car accidents. And everyone, including women who are pregnant, should wear seatbelts.

If you are pregnant, ensuring that your seatbelt is placed correctly can avoid serious injury in the event of a car crash or other accident. An expecting mother should remove a coat or any other bulky clothing that prevents a seat belt from fitting snugly. The lap portion of the belt should rest across the hips or below. You never want the lap portion to go across your lower abdomen because it can cause serious injury if there is an accident or a sudden stop.

Even if uncomfortable, the shoulder strap should always be worn. It should rest in the middle of your chest. It shouldn’t be placed behind you or under your arm.

Proper Vehicle Adjustments

An expecting mother should ensure that she is adequately distanced from the steering wheel. This is especially true if the car has an air bag feature. If an airbag deploys, proper seat positioning ensures that the force doesn’t directly hit the abdomen. Any abdominal trauma sustained in a car accident can lead to severe injury or death of the fetus. For example, placental abruption could alter the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Or the force can cause a uterine rupture.

Ideally, the driver’s seat should be about 25 cm, or a belly distance away from the steering wheel. Also, the steering wheel should point away from your belly. It should be directed towards the chest.

As your belly grows, your seat adjustments will also change. So, it is essential to position all the mirrors.

 Contact a Skilled Attorney

Pregnant women who have been injured in a car accident may have more significant expenses than other car accident victims. That is true because an expectant mother will require more medical attention, especially to monitor the fetus. Also, a mother-to-be might also have increased pain and suffering from worrying about whether her unborn child is healthy. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Dan Rose Law Firm can help you assess your damages and make the right decisions for you and your family. Call us at 415-946-8900 or visit us online.