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Being in a car accident is a terrifying enough scenario for most individuals, but pregnant women have additional concerns about the injuries sustained from an accident. Becoming a victim of a violent car crash can have negative impacts for mother and child, and a new study finds that pregnant women faced increased risks when they skip wearing a seat belt. Those who have been hurt in a car accident and suspect injuries should seek medical attention and then consult a personal injury attorney about the possibility of a lawsuit.

Although there are many published studies and guidelines about steps women can take to promote safety while pregnant, there are few campaigns about the importance of wearing a seat belt. Researchers believe that 1 in 7 adults skip wearing a seat belt on every car trip, even though the Centers for Disease Control notes that serious injury and the chance of death are reduced by 50% just by wearing a seat belt.

A new study, from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reviewed data from 878,546 pregnant women between the ages of 16 and 46 in North Carolina. The study, which included births between 2001 and 2008, found that pregnant drivers who were involved in car accidents had increased rates of placental abruption, premature rupture of the membranes, and preterm birth when compared with women who were not involved in car accidents. Furthermore, the study determined that pregnant women who skip wearing a seat belt face three times the risk when it comes to stillbirth.

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According to a report by CBS Chicago, two school buses that were full of children ready to go home from school collided with each other in Antioch in September. Although there were no notable injuries, the school admitted that they could have found a better way to handle the situation.

 Both buses were travelling on Route 173, travelling east, and making a right turn onto southbound Route 83. The first bus stopped suddenly after beginning the turn and the second driver was watching oncoming traffic. The second bus driver did not notice that the first bus had stopped until it was too late. The first bus sustained a dent to the rear bumper while the second bus had a dented front bumper lost all of its radiator fluid. The bus was towed and a new bus was brought to the scene to transport the children home.

The Antioch fire chief stated that the situation could have been better handled. He told CBS Chicago,"Typically when there are accidents, they call an ambulance crew to check the kids."

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel got the opportunity to be a hero while drinking his morning coffee in mid-September, when he overheard a bicyclist near the intersection of Milwaukee, Chicago and Ogden avenues get hit by a truck, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The mayor ran around the corner to find a woman on a bike had been hurt in a crash, and he stayed with her until an ambulance arrived,” spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton told the Tribune. The intersection is one of the busiest cycling spots in the city, with Milwaukee Avenue often dubbed “the hipster highway” for its heavy bike traffic. Charles Festa, a patron of Big Shoulders Coffee, where the mayor had chosen to have his morning caffeine, said that, “he saw three cyclists and their rides on the ground near a tractor-trailer. Emanuel was kneeling next to a woman,” Festa told the Tribune.

Festa said that from his perspective he supposed that the tractor-trailer had attempted to turn right onto Ogden “from the middle lane of Milwaukee,” instead of from the right-turn lane, when he struck the woman. The cyclist, however, was lucky: according to the Tribune, “nobody was hurt seriously enough to require hospitalization, according to the Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.” Adding bike lanes and starting a bike share program similar to the one that has taken off in New York in 2013 has been a priority of Mayor Emmanuel.

Cycling has become an increasingly popular mode of transportation in major cities across the U.S. in recent years. According to BicyclingInfo.org, there is no clear number of cyclists in the U.S. “because bicycle usage varies widely—from children riding to school to people commuting to work to racers going for training rides.” In 2011, however, there were 677 pedalcyclist fatalities in the U.S., accounting for 2.1 percent of all traffic deaths in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The majority of these “occurred in urban areas (69 percent) and at non-intersections (59 percent),” according to the NHTSA.

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Two west suburban Chicago women were killed in mid-September in a fiery crash on the Eisenhower Expressway, according to the Chicago Tribune. A man was arrested in connection with the crash and was “charged with aggravated driving under the influence,” Illinois State Police told the Tribune of Miguel Rico, 20. “But State Police spokesperson Monique Bond and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said [later] that Rico has not yet been charged.” Rico is, however, allegedly the man who was operating the vehicle responsible for the crash, and, according to the Tribune, “after the crash was arrested and held without bail on a charge of violating probation in a 2011 felony drug-possession case.”

Regardless of whether Rico is found guilty of aggravated DUI, it’s clear that he was held on charges of probation violation and could face additional consequences because of these charges, separate of the Eisenhower Expressway incident. According to FindLaw.com, “generally, a probation violation occurs when you ignore, avoid, refuse, or otherwise break the terms or conditions of your probation at any time during the probation period.” Probation times vary by state and type of offense, but generally range anywhere from one to three years. Violent crimes or incidents that involved death or bodily harm tend to carry longer probation periods—they could, according to FindLaw.com, “last for several years depending on the original offense.”

According to a publication issued by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, the number of drivers arrested for DUI has continued to decline in recent years. In the first district of Cook County, for example, there were 3,862 drivers arrested for DUI in 2009. In 2011, that number had declined significantly to 3,175. The decline could be a result of stepped up efforts on the part of the criminal justice system in Illinois to deter drivers from drunk driving, and are consistent with an overall decline in drunk driving arrests in the U.S. since the beginning of the decade.

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A teen’s death at a Chicago Park District pool in mid-August has his family and friends seeking a reason for the tragedy, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We just want to know what happened and why,” the teen’s aunt, Sherry Hedge, 45, told the paper. Christopher Bowen, 14, died while swimming on a Friday afternoon. Family members told the Tribune that Bowen was a strong swimmer, and came “from a family of former Chicago Park District lifeguards.” He was a regular at the McKinley Park Pool, where he swam for the last time on August 9. Hedge, drawing on eyewitness accounts, told the Tribune that she believes her nephew dove into the deep end and hit his head on the bottom of the pool. A friend, Eduardo Gonzalez, 17, poked Bowen when he did not surface for more than a minute, citing that the young boy was “getting purple in his face.”

Damen Root, another swimmer at the pool, agreed with Gonzalez: neither saw a lifeguard perform CPR, according to the Tribune. Nor did the lifeguard “blow a whistle to alert the other eight or so guards on duty or enter the pool to offer assistance.” Root told the Tribune that it was “very apparent the boy was in trouble.” Root attempted to save Bowen when he saw a “pinkish fluid streaming from Christopher’s nose,” and began to push “the boy toward the pool’s edge while yelling for help from the lifeguard seated 10 feet away.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning,” and “of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.” One main factor, according to the CDC, that these numbers are so high is a lack of close supervision. “Drowning can happen quickly and quietly anywhere there is water… and even in the presence of lifeguards,” reports the CDC. Most children ages 1 to 4 that drown die in home swimming pools, but there are not statistics available for the number or demographic of drowning victims who die in a public pool, such as Bowen did.

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