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Updated by Kyle Hunt on Mar 16, 2013
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How to Survive Getting Hit by a Car

Getting hit by a car is an unpleasant experience. I, for one, am glad to say that this has never happened to me before, but it may happen to me in the future. That why, as a pedestrian, it is important to take the right precautions while walking around busy streets. Even in Utah, drivers get a little crazy, so it may be good to have a plan in case someone makes a b-line at you through a red light.

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It's tough to avoid a fast-moving vehicle

It's tough to avoid a fast-moving vehicle

Think this trough, and imagine the physics and athleticism involved in surviving, and possibly avoiding, getting hit by a car. Sure, a ninja could probably do it, but no one has the time or money for enough Ninjutsu lessons to get to that point. So, we make do with what we have, our heads, which happen to be the most important appendage on our bodies. All body organs are vital, but they are a lesser priority than the brain, ergo the brain must suffer the least amount of damage if possible. Brains, after all, are the hardest organ to repair. No matter what angle you’re at, or how fast the car is going, protect your head. Doing so will significantly increase your chances of survival.

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Roll over the car

Roll over the car

Now here’s the hard part: rolling over the car. The last place you want to be is underneath the car, so if you want to avoid a Utah license plate print on your forehead, you need to jump up high enough to clear the hood and hit the windshield. Hitting the windshield is actually a safer bet, for all windshields on cars made after the 70’s are safer and can absorb the impact of your body. Even if acrobatics are not your strong suit, try to jump and tuck yourself into a ball, for flopping appendages are more likely to get injured. They may need windshield repair, but that’s the price they pay for mistaking you for a mere traffic cone.

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Run, jump, or bounce out of the way

Run, jump, or bounce out of the way

For those with extremely fast reflexes, there are a couple more options: jump out of the way, or run over the top of the car. The latter is only feasible if the car is going slower, but it is definitely the more cinematic approach, preventing injury and windshield repair all at once. And if someone catches a video of you doing it, you will become an instant YouTube sensation. Almost getting hit by a car may be the best thing that ever happened to you.

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Stand out above the crowd

Stand out above the crowd

But we don’t want to take those chances. Avoiding getting run over in the first place by staying on sidewalks, looking for cars before crossing a street, and by wearing clothes that make you stand out (although wearing a BYU sweater near the University of Utah may make you a target). These precautions will help avoid an unfortunate encounter with a windshield or fender. And remember, a windshield is easy to repair, but brain damage is not.

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