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Pedestrians of all kinds can be in danger when they're around the roads. Even if you're using a sidewalk, there is always going to be the risk of a driver hitting you. It could be someone who hits you because of losing control or a driver who moves from park into drive instead of reverse, but the results are the same. You'll end up with injuries, and you could spend days, weeks or even months in a hospital.

Pedestrians are at a greater risk of serious injuries in crashes because of their relatively small size compared to cars, trucks, motorcycles and other motorized vehicles. If you're hit, you have no real protection against the collision. Though you may be able to brace yourself or try to get out of the way, chances are that you'll be badly hurt, could be run over or might be thrown onto the vehicle itself as a result.

What should you do if you're hit by a car and are a pedestrian?

Whatever you're doing when you're hit, it's important that you make sure you stay where you are and try not to move after the incident.You might not be able to move on your own, and if not, do not try to. If you feel that you can stand and move, be extremely cautious and only move when it's absolutely necessary. It's possible to have internal injuries and wounds that you don't recognize, so moving as little as possible is helpful in preventing further damage to your body.

When the emergency team arrives, you'll likely be taken to the hospital by ambulance or helicopter, depending on the severity of your injuries and the hospital that you're going to be taken to. At that point, you may not have much control over your situation. However, as you reach a point where you're medically stable, you can start to look into additional support, such as speaking with your attorney about filing a claim against the driver who hit you.

After you're hit by a car, your entire life changes, at least in the short term. It's smart to start looking into your legal options, because the reality is that you may have thousands of dollars in medical bills coming. Compensation from the responsible party plays an important role in covering a personal injury victims' expenses, so they can continue to focus on recovery.

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