Blog > 2016 > January > Preventing a Pedestrian Accident
Quick thinking can often help a pedestrian about to be hit by a car or truck. While many pedestrian/vehicle accidents can be fatal, they don’t necessarily have to be deadly. By reacting quickly, you can keep from becoming another statistic if you are in the path of a vehicle that doesn’t stop.
If you notice that you are about to be hit by a vehicle, you need to react in such a way that keeps you from being run over by the car or truck. Since most vehicles weigh about a ton, if not more, it limits the amount of reaction time by the driver to make sudden changes. The best way to react when you are about to be hit is to jump up or to the side of the vehicle. This will help minimize the chances that you will be hit and dragged under the vehicle or run over.
Even being able to lift yourself up slightly may help you be able to roll over the hood of the car and land to the side, not in front of it. This can help diminish the impact of a hit and help prevent more severe injuries. However, if the vehicle you are about to be hit with is tall, you need to jump to the side instead of trying to jump up.
The best way to lessen the impact of a pedestrian/vehicle accident is to prevent it in the first place. Some of the best ways to prevent being struck when walking across the street are:
– Look both ways before crossing a street
– Don’t assume vehicles will stop, wait for them to do so before stepping off the curb
– Do not wear headphones or turn down music in order to hear warning horns
– Carry your identification and medical insurance card in your purse or wallet
If you or a loved one is hit by a car or truck, contact an attorney at SM Law Group to see if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, along with pain and suffering.
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