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Many expecting mothers think a seat belt might harm their unborn baby, but the truth is it could save mother and baby.

1. If I’m pregnant, should I be wearing a seatbelt?

Yes. If involved in an accident, both you and your unborn child are best protected by a seat belt that is worn properly.

2. Should my seat be adjusted?

Yes. Your seat should be as far back as possible with still being able to reach the pedals. There should be at least 10 inches between your chest and the steering wheel or dashboard. This should be adjusted throughout the pregnancy to maintain the 10 inch distance between your growing stomach and the steering wheel.

3. If my car has air bags, should I still wear a seat belt?

Yes. Air bags are not meant to replace seat belts, but to work with them. Without a seat belt, you could be thrown into an air bag. This could seriously injure of even kill you and/or your unborn child. Seat belts also prevent ejection from the vehicle.

4. Should I turn the air bag off?

No. Air bags and seat belts are designed to work best together.

5. What’s the proper way to wear my seat belt?

The shoulder belt should not lie across your neck, but rather across your chest. The lap belt should be worn securely across your hips and pelvic bone, below your stomach. Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.

For more safety information regarding seat belts, car seats or other highway safety information, go to the National Highway Safety Administration’s website at www.nhtsa.gov.

To learn the guidelines for your child’s car seat, read our article here.

If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.

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