A team of Australians, including an artist, a trauma surgeon and a crash investigator have designed a hypothetical human body that shows us what our bodies would have to evolve into in order to survive what would be fatal car accident injuries.
As explained by IFLScience.com, the evolved body would not have a neck, so that a broken neck could not result from a high impact collision. Further, the head would have a reinforced skull, to prevent the blunt force trauma injuries and brain injuries that result from crashes at high speeds. The body would also be designed with air pockets between the ribs, which would serve as a type of airbag to prevent fatal injuries to the internal organs. The knees would also be designed to bend in all directions, to prevent them from breaking in a car accident.
While this is a hypothetical, it is helpful in showing how our bodies are not meant to endure the forces involved in car accidents and why the injuries can be so severe in car accidents. The human body has not had enough time to evolve to take into account the speed at which motor vehicles can travel and at which they can collide with each other.
The article points out that last year, in 2015, there were approximately 1,250,000 traffic collision deaths throughout the world. Further, the odds of dying in a car accident are about one in 5,000. While many people think traveling by airplane is more dangerous, the odds of dying in a plane crash are only one in 11,000,000.
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