What we'd need to look like to survive a car crash

MEET Graham. Graham is the only person designed to survive on our roads.

He has a big, helmet like head that melts into his torso because he doesn't have a neck. A reinforced rib cage that will act like an airbag and extra joints in his lower leg for added flexibility.

He might not be attractive. But he's not supposed to be. Graham has been designed with the bodily features we might have if we had evolved to withstand the force in car crashes.

He demonstrates human vulnerability.

Graham is the Transport Accident Commission's poster boy for their latest road safety campaign.

In a bid to highlight just how vulnerable we are to the forces of a car crash, the TAC created Graham with the help of a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and a Melbourne artist.

The TAC said studies show the human body can cope with impacts at speed we reach on our own, not in a vehicle.

"People can survive running at full pace into a wall but when you're talking about collisions involving vehicles, the speeds are faster, the forces are greater and the chances of survival are much slimmer," TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore said.

You can interact with Graham here.

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