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Pregnent Drivers - Are They Dangerous?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Is it safe to drive when I’m pregnant?

It’s a question that women ask me a lot.

Often they’re asking about seat belts, which tend to become uncomfortable in the later stages of pregnancies.

But according to a recent study, it may be pregnant women themselves who’re dangerous.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that expectant mothers are at a significantly higher risk of being involved in a serious car crash, particularly during the second trimester of their pregnancies.

In fact, the study found that pregnant women are 42% more likely to be  involved in a collision.

These are eye-opening findings which might well change the way women think about driving during while pregnant.

Let’s get one thing clear. No one’s saying that pregnant women are bad drivers.

Rather, researchers believe that fatigue and sleep disruption are at fault here.

You see , sleep disruption during pregnancy is often a big problem.

And not just for pregnant women either.

You see, driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the Lower Mainland.


Drowsy, tired and fatigued drivers are often sloppy. They have problems concentrating, processing information, and have slower reaction times.

It doesn’t take much imagination then to see that fatigue can be a recipe for disaster when a driver is barrelling down a highway at 80km per hour.

These findings should get expectant mothers to sit up and take notice of the risk they’re taking when they get behind the wheel.

But, more to the point, they should also be a wake- up call for anyone who thinks  it’s okay to drive when they’re tired.

Because the bottom line here is simple. Tiredness kills.

The government estimates that about 20% of fatal collisions in BC involve driver fatigue.

It’s a staggering number.

So how do you tell if you’re too tired to drive? Common warning signs of driver fatigue include:

> Blinking or yawning frequently.

> Wandering thoughts.

> Slowing down unintentionally.

> Braking  late

> Being unable to remember driving the last few kilometres of your journey.

> Drifting over the centre line into oncoming traffic.

If you start to feel tired or experience any of these warning signs PLEASE pull over.

It’s much better to take a break than to risk your life and the lives of others.

Involved in a car accident with a tired driver? Questions? Just want to chat?

Give me a call at 604-255-9018 or e-mail me at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Car Accidents

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