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Pregnant drivers have higher risk of car accidents, study says

A recent study has found that women in their second trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk for being involved in a car accident.
Faith Heaton Jolley, KSL Modified: May 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014
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A recent study has found that women in their second trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk for being involved in a car accident.

The study published in the Candian Medical Association Journal on Monday, surveyed women who gave birth in Ontario between April 1, 2006, and March 31, 2011.

The study reported that 507,262 women gave birth during the five-year span. The women accounted for a total of 6,922 motor vehicle crashes as drivers during the 3-year baseline interval, and 757 of the motor vehicle crashes were when the women were in their second trimester of pregnancy.

The risk for being involved in a car accident increased with female drivers in their second trimester by 42 percent, according to the study. During that 3-month period, the rate of emergency room visits because of traffic accidents increased to about 7.7 visits per year per 1,000 women, from about 4.3 visits per year per 1,000 women, according to a statistics released by NPR.