How to survive a car accident as a pedestrian

05/21/2019

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When a pedestrian is hit by car, it is usually fatal! Therefore, here are some essential tips to guide you on how to survive a car accident as a pedestrian.

Road accidents can involve two cars, a car and as object or a car and a pedestrian. Most of the time, those involving pedestrians end up being quite fatal. In as much as everyone hopes never to get hit by a car, it's important to know what to do when you're in such situation. You might be on the side walk, trying to cross the road or even in an open field with no vehicular activity, and still get hit. It doesn't mean you have resign to fate to either survive or not. Here are some essential tips to guide you on how to survive a car accident as a pedestrian.

1. Be at alert when walking close to the road

Before thinking of how to survive a car accident as a pedestrian, you need to know how to avoid it. Being at alert is a first step. It's important to always be aware of what's going on around you while walking on the road side. In as much as you know that no vehicle should have any business on the sidewalk, look back and sideways once in a while to be sure. Also keep an ear to the ground for strange sounds like screeching. Before crossing the road, look left, right, left again.

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Learning how to use pedestrian bridge is the very first step to survive

2. Always walk facing oncoming vehicles

When walking on the side of the road, walk in opposite direction to cars on the lane closest to you. That way you can easily dock when you notice eminent danger. This technique also goes a long way in helping you survive when an accident eventually occurs - as would be explained in subsequent tips.

>>> Pedestrians in such crowded cities as Lagos need extra attention, that's why we have this for you: How to be a smart pedestrian in Lagos?

3. Jump onto the bonnet

When you notice a car approaching and you can't get out of the way on time, move towards the car and jump on the bonnet. This stunt happens a lot in Hollywood movies - and it works real life. It's better to be hit by the windshield than be crushed by the tyres and tons of metal underneath. Therefore, dive towards the bonnet and windshield sideways to reduce the impact of the hit. Keep in mind that most cars made after 1970 were made to be shatter proof. It's likely to absorb the force exerted on it without causing harm to the object. So you don't have to worry about being pierced or cut by glass. You would mostly bounce off or above the vehicle.

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Jumping towards the bonnet reduces the gravity of the impact between you and the car

4. Protect your head

The head is one of the most delicate parts of the body. Hence the need to protect your head while jumping on the bonnet of the car. Use your arms to protect your head with your palms straight at the back of your neck like someone who is docking. You would likely sustain injuries on other parts of your body and even a few broken bones but they won't be as life threatening as a hit on the head.

Finally, when you land on the floor after the impact, do not try to run off immediately so you don't get hit by oncoming vehicles or aid a concussion. First, look around to see if there is eminent danger before making any further move. If there isn't, wait for help to come.

>>> Read more about road usage and safe driving right here on Naijauto.com!

Kennedy Ilediagu

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