This is What Humans Would Look Like if Built to Survive a Car Crash

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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA -- The way it is today, the human body isn't built to survive a car crash.

"In the modern world, we're subjecting our bodies to much higher speeds, and the body just doesn't have the physiology to absorb the energy when things go wrong," said Dr. David Logan, a road safety engineer at Monash University in Australia.

And even though that's unfortunate in many aspects, it's not if you're a little vain. Why? Because of this:

graham crash test


This (pictured above) is what the human body would look like if it were built to survive the impact of a car crash. His name is Graham. He was created by Australia's Transport Accident Commission to remind folks of how vulnerable humans are when they get behind the wheel.

"The most significant part of the body for injury is the head," said Christian Kenfield, a Trauma Surgeon. "And so as the head stops, the brain actually keeps moving forwards, smashing against the front part of the skull and then bouncing backwards and getting an injury on the back of the head as well."

Let's break Graham down a little bit:

  • There's no neck
  • The face is flat and full of fat.
  • The chest has air cushions between each rib.
  • The knees have movement in all directions.

So be careful the next time you jump behind the wheel - and remember Graham - because (unlike this song) this story is about you.