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How to Survive a Getting Hit by a Car, According to a Professional Stuntwoman

It’s a nightmare that seems to be happening more often as pedestrians are getting hit by cars, trucks, and buses. Last week, a child was struck as he darted across a street in Brooklyn, N.Y. He fortunately bounced right back and was okay.

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Experts say there are lessons to be learned and steps you can take to survive being mowed down by a moving vehicle if you can’t get out of the way in time. Tammie Baird is a professional stuntwoman and she says the reaction time must be a split-second long.

The first thing to do is to pick up the leg closest to the car in order not to have any weight on the leg so the car can sweep you off. Sometimes you can even jump on the hood, if you find yourself in a situation where the car is behind you.


Being hit and thrown by a car is much more violent and forceful than falling from a standing position. It involves two impacts: car->body and body->ground.There are two things you want most to protect: your brain and your spine. Be prepared to sacrifice your lower leg bones, arm bones and ribs. Use the largest muscles of your body to take the hit: the thighs and glutes.