Car Accident Crash Test Man Introduced in Australia

If you’re in a car accident, the experience can be frightening.

I was in my first car accident in September 2015, and I wrote about it here, here, and here on the Alan’s Collision Center website.

Alan’s Collision receives the wrecked car via a tow truck, usually. You can tell the tow truck driver where to haul your vehicle, and if you are unable to communication that information, often the police officer on the scene of the accident tows your car to the police pound until someone is able to get there and have it towed to a collision center.

Alan’s Collision Center always intends to put your car back together in pre-accident condition. It’s called ‘making it whole’ again. Sometimes that’s not always possible because the car is a total loss.

It’s interesting to me that a vehicle can be made whole again, but a driver and passengers cannot.

Human bodies are not physically built to sustain the impact of a car accident. Over the weekend, two collegiate football players lost their lives in an auto accident after the vehicle they were riding in spun out of control on wet pavement. They were teaching a summer training camp in Wisconsin.

Meet Graham, The Car Accident Crash Test Dummy

In what appears to be a global public relations campaign to introduce Graham, the Australian crash test man, the Australian Transport Accident Commission has done a great job providing us with — what? At first glimpse, Graham looks like an unsightly gorilla with a smashed face, bulging head and fortified mid section. Graham is part of a road-safety campaign in Australia by the Transport Accident Commission. We need to give credit to Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini who had help designing the crash-test dummy with a road safety engineer named Dr. David Logan and a trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield.

This story from the Huffington Post, called ‘Car Accidents,’ states:

  • His superhuman features include a massive skull to protect the brain
  • A flat, fatty face capable of absorbing energy of impact
  • No neck, eliminating possibility of it being broken
  • Stronger, thicker skin
  • Ribs fortified with their own air bags (hope they’re not Takata!)
  • Knees capable of bending in all directions
  • Extra leg going that allows him to jump out of the way of a moving vehicle.

How fascinating that the Transport Accident Commission has gone to the expense of developing Graham and is calling for improvement in road design and road systems to protect drivers from mistakes.

The Huffington Post story quotes the World Health Organization data in 2013 stating 1.25 million people died globally in traffic accidents.