Posted on 08-28-2016
Meet Graham - The Only "Human" Who is Designed to Survive a Car Crash
As many of my blog readers and followers know I am a Baltimore Chiropractor that spends the majority of my time treating Baltimore auto accident injury patients. My staff and I routinely diagnose and treat whiplash in Baltimore, along with Baltimore headaches, Baltimore neck pain, and Baltimore back pain. While not all of our patients are Baltimore auto accident patients, probably about half of them are. That is why I spend so much time blogging about Baltimore auto accident injuries.
I came across an interesting news story that felt very appropriate given the type of patients that we routinely treat. The Australian state of Victoria under the "Transport Accident Commission" worked alongside a trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert, and an artist to design a "human" that would be capable of surviving an auto accident. The project is meant to highlight how fragile the human body is, and how susceptible we all are to the traumatic forces involved in even slow impact motor vehicle collisions.
So what would it take to survive all types of auto accident injuries? "Graham" was designed with the following:
- a flattened face to absorb more energy
- larger skull with more cerebrospinal fluid to cut down on the incidence of concussions
- hoof-like legs with added joints to help him avoid impending crashes in the first place
- ultra-thick rib cage lined with "natural airbag" sacs
- Ribs that extend to the base of his skull, that is, an absence of a neck.
You can see some pictures of Graham here. While I do not think that his physical appearance is enough to make you "swipe right" on Tinder, the visual presentation of Graham is nonetheless quite striking. I have been treating Baltimore auto accident injuries for over four years and have been treating auto accident injuries for approximately eight years and I have not met anyone that resembles Graham in design. We all have different "human metrics" (height, weight, thickness, male/female, age, etc) that make us more or less susceptible to injuries in Baltimore auto accidents. The cars we ride in along with the vehicle crash dynamics also play into the likelihood of suffering injury. But the point is no design (not even the human body) exists perfectly to avoid injury.
We have to remember that cars, though ubiquitous, are nonetheless capable of severely injuring, or even killing those around us. We have to be mindful of the skill and attention that it takes to operate these machines and we need to be more cautious while doing so.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a Baltimore auto accident and requires treatment, please contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic at (443) 842-5500. We would be happy to help!
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