Cars Versus Physics

March 14, 2020
Cars Versus Physics Peel Law Firm

According to Newton's first law of physics, an object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an outside force. In my injury practice, that outside force is often another car on yours.

All objects resist changes in their state of motion, or put another way, objects tend to keep on doing whatever they're doing. Whether they are at rest or in motion. This is “inertia.” Inertia is a physics principal commonly experienced when riding in automobiles and motorcycles.

The key to survival is to slow down the deceleration rate. This is easier understood in an example:

Let’s say you are driving down Austin Peay Highway at 60 mph and a loaded dump truck runs a red light. Your car then hits the 50,000 lb. dump truck broadside, in the classic T-Bone crash.

The resulting force of course, acts upon your car to begin to crumple it. Your engine drops, your steering column buckles, and your frame bends. This is crash number 1: Your Car’s crumple zone vs the truck.

The metal only gives so far, and your car decelerates violently to a sudden stop. This is crash number 2.

You and the unfortunate passengers in your car will now continue at 60 mph until the seat belts lock down. This “outside force” of the seat belts slows the occupants violently. This is crash number 3. (The humans’ deceleration also will be slowed by expanding frontal airbags, if your car is so equipped.)

If no seat belt is worn, the passengers in motion would continue in motion. They will likely be propelled from the car becoming projectiles and continue in motion.

Buckle up ya’ll!

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