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Hit by a car? Pedestrians risk serious injuries

As a pedestrian, one of the worst things that you could imagine is being hit by a car. You've done everything you can to make sure that doesn't happen. You wear light colors when you go jogging, and you usually try to exercise during the day. You've never had a problem, and you didn't expect to have one.

Then, your worst fears were made into a reality. As you were jogging on a sidewalk, an inebriated driver drove off the road and toward you. You didn't have time to get out of the way.

After you were hit, you spent many days in the hospital focusing on getting stable and recovering enough to go home.

Pedestrians face significant risks when they are hit by cars. They could be at risk of brain injuries and musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries to the back and neck could lead to lifelong pain or paralysis.

It is, unfortunately, true that many pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes each year. They may be badly injured or require hospitalization. Did you know that almost half of the crashes involving pedestrians involved a driver or pedestrian who was impaired by alcohol? Young children and the elderly are also at a higher risk of being badly hurt or killed in a crash, even at lower speeds.

What can you do to minimize your risk of falling victim to a traffic accident?

Pedestrians can be safer by making sure they do not wear earbuds or headphones while jogging or walking near roadways. You need to use all of your senses to know what is happening around you. Only use designated crosswalks, and try to use sidewalks or pathways designed for pedestrians. Another good idea is to only walk or jog in areas designated for pedestrians, such as in parks or on school tracks. This could help you stay safer by being in an area where no traffic is present.

It isn't going to be possible to eliminate all risk when you're on or around the roads, so it's important for you to do all you can to make yourself easy to see. Don't do anything that seems sudden or that would catch a driver off-guard, like suddenly running out onto the road. Make eye contact, and be aware of what's going on around you.

If you do end up in a collision with a drowsy, drunk or distracted driver, then you need to seek medical care right away.

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