Those first days home with a newborn are special and unique. Whether it is your first baby or your tenth baby those first few months are a time of intense love, focus, and sleep deprivation. Yet, at some point new moms must leave the safe cocoon of their homes and begin driving again—even if it is just to the store for milk. Before you leave, however, it is important to know the risks you might face as a new mom behind the wheel.

Know the Risks to Protect Your Baby and Yourself From a Car Crash

A recent survey conducted by American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide found that about 10 percent of new moms had an accident with their babies in the car. That is about three times the accident rate of the general public. Factors that contribute to these new mom accidents, according to the survey, include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Speeding.
  • Turning around while driving to tend to the baby.
  • Using a cell phone while driving.

Fatigue may be unavoidable as your infant still wakes up multiple times a night to eat. However, it is important to time your driving so that you are as well as rested as possible and so that your baby is less likely to cry and need your attention. Additionally, it is important to focus only on driving; do not use your cell phone, eat, or multitask in anyway.

Not All Car Accidents Are the Fault of New Moms

If you or your child has been hurt by another driver’s negligence then we encourage you to find out more about your rights and your possible recovery. Our experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation. Please call us today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We also encourage you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, to find out more about what to do after a crash.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.