It’s the stuff of nightmares: you’re walking down the street when you see multiple tons of metal, plastic, and fiberglass on wheels coming at you, and your stomach sinks when you realize it’s not going to stop. Most people would freeze and say their prayers in this situation, thinking there is nothing that they can do. However, there are ways pedestrians facing imminent collision can take control of the outcome and increase their chances of survival!
Protect Your Head
If you see a vehicle coming and have no time to get out of the way, your immediate action should be to protect your head. Curl into a ball with your head between the elbows. Try to position your body so that some other body part takes the brunt of the impact. Above all, don’t let your head anywhere near the wheels of the vehicle.
Roll Over, Not Under
Physics can be your friend or foe in a collision. The outcome will depend on several factors including the vehicle speed, angle, and how you are moving. When the vehicle is about to hit you, your best bet is to jump straight up and aim for the safety glass (while protecting your head as previously mentioned). Ideally, the safety glass will hold and act as a cushion, absorbing the energy of the impact, and you will roll over the vehicle, sustaining only minor injuries in the process.
Change Tactics with Large Automobiles
If the incoming vehicle is tall and big, like a truck or bus, jumping straight up may not be the best course of action. Try jumping sideways instead. This way, you’ll be able to prevent a full-on impact against your center of mass, or perhaps even prevent impact altogether.
Future-Proof Yourself against Accidents
Stay on designated walkways. Look right and left before crossing the street. Wear visible clothing and make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of his or her car. When in doubt, find an alternative route. Basically, be attentive and use common sense. Safety is key to prevention.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. However, you may have two years or less to file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, so it is essential that you take action as soon as possible. Contact Wilshire Law Firm today and let us help you obtain maximum recovery for your losses. To learn more about your rights and legal options in a FREE consultation, call (800) 522-7274.