Professional Stuntwoman Shows How You Can Survive After Getting Hit by a Car

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It's a nightmare scenario that seems to be happening much more often: Pedestrians who are struck by cars, trucks and buses.

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Last week, a little boy was hit by a car as he darted across a street in Brooklyn, N.Y. Fortunately for him, he bounced right back up and appeared to be okay.

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 who says the reaction time must be a split-second.

“The most important thing is getting up on that hood because you don't want it to hit you and ricochet you down to the ground,” she said.

She demonstrated and instructed how to do it.

“Make sure you pick up the leg closest to that car, so there's no weight on it, and it'll help swoop you up,” she said. “I cannot stress that enough, no weight on the leg closest to the car."

In one circumstance, a man did exactly as she said and was able to walk away.

“When I go up, I’m on the car, I roll, and I like to keep my hands [by her head], so I protect the side of my head because if not, it's gonna hit that windshield,” she said.

In another scenario, she said you can jump on the car.

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“Sometimes you wanna mad dash and run away, but the car's right behind you. What are you gonna do? You have to make sure that you can jump on it, and then be able to push yourself off,” she said. “Don't let the adrenaline rush fool you into believing that you're not hurt.”

Dr. Armand Dorian, an emergency room physician at County/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, stresses that even if you walk away from a collision, be warned.

“There is no question we're seeing a rise because of smartphones and headphones,” he said. “If you're ever hit by an automobile, you should be seen by a physician. You will be surprised at the injuries that you feel like you may not have that actually do occur. Internal damage is very common.”

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