Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Meet The Weird Human Who’s Designed To Survive A Car Accident.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) just launched their latest road safety project Towards Zero, introducing a figure called Graham, "the only person designed to survive on our roads." According to the official media release, evolutionary science and human vulnerability are at the heart of this new project.

The team, which includes trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield, crash investigator David Logan, and renowned sculptor Patricia Piccinini, explored what humans might look like if our bodies evolved to withstand the forces of car accidents.

Graham wasn't designed to entertain, he is meant to be viewed and used as an educational tool. TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore says the forces involved in vehicles are great and our bodies are simply not equipped to withstand them, especially not at the pace that cars continue to evolve.

"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," Dr. Logan noted in a video interview.

Studies reveal that we can only withstand impacts at speeds that we ourselves can reach, without the assistance of vehicles.

He later noted, "In 50% of crashes, the cars don't have time to break."

"The strongest man cannot hold himself from going forward in a car accident because the forces are so great," Dr. Kenfield added.

Continue reading for more details, photos, and video of Project Graham.

Meet Graham, the only human designed to survive a vehicle accident.

Instead of diving into another traditional road safety project, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) decided to try something new.

Meet Graham, the only human designed to survive a vehicle accident.

AAP Image / Transport Accident Commission

The TAC collaborated with experts to produce this educational tool.

The TAC worked with Christian Kenfield, a leading trauma surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, David Logan, a crash investigation expert, and, Patricia Piccinini, a talented Melbourne sculptor, to develop Graham.

The TAC collaborated with experts to produce this educational tool.

AAP Image / Transport Accident Commission

Graham is meant to serve as a reminder of human vulnerability.

Our bodies are fragile and no match for the forces of traffic accidents. If our bodies evolved to successfully cope with these forces, this is what they might look like.

Graham serves as a reminder to us all that we must work on creating a safer road system. Take a look at his super human features below.

Graham is meant to serve as a reminder of human vulnerability.

AAP Image / Transport Accident Commission

Regular human skulls are designed to fracture.

According to Dr. Kenfield, a normal human skull is designed to fracture. It absorbs the force of an impact, preventing it from spreading to the brain.

"Graham’s skull is a lot bigger," artist Patricia Piccinini wrote on the Meet Graham site. "It’s almost helmet like and it’s got these inbuilt crumple zones that would absorb the energy on impact."

Regular human skulls are designed to fracture.

AAP Image / Transport Accident Commission

Our brains have little in its internal structure to protect and cushion it.

This makes it one of the most vulnerable parts of our body. Patricia explained that although Graham's brain is the same as ours, his skull is larger, with more fluid and ligaments to support the brain in the event of a collision.

Our brains have little in its internal structure to protect and cushion it.

AAP Image / Transport Accident Commission

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