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# Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?

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06/18/2017 05:26 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
In high speed deceleration injury there is tearing of the aorta with massive hemmorhage especially In younger people

Deceleration is hard to calculate as car can crumple and deflect decreasing the direct forces on the organs

Also the brain does not like severe deceleration or rotation
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06/18/2017 05:35 PM
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06/18/2017 05:55 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
Yes, deceleration from 70mph to 0 in a fraction of a second = your brain is mush
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06/18/2017 06:03 PM
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Wouldn't the deceleration knock someone unconscious immediately?
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Yeah hell yeah,even wearing a seatbelt,the displacement of the engine inside of the cabin will fracture your legs immediately and the collapsing roof along with the windshield will snap your neck,horrible painful death
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06/18/2017 06:07 PM
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I work for an insurance company and I have investigated hundred of cases where this has happened. The answer is no, no one in the car would survive with or without a seat belt. On a side not your eyes would pop out of your head from the force. Very few cases where the eyes didn't pop out.
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WRONG!

The airbag would secure you. You'd have internal organ damage, but you would survive.
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You clearly have no idea how much force a sudden stop from 70 mph would generate.
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06/18/2017 06:12 PM
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Wouldn't the deceleration knock someone unconscious immediately?
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72598943

Yeah hell yeah,even wearing a seatbelt,the displacement of the engine inside of the cabin will fracture your legs immediately and the collapsing roof along with the windshield will snap your neck,horrible painful death
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Hence the damge to the top of feet by the pedals.
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06/18/2017 06:13 PM

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I was in Durham University Hospital in August last year having both of my knees replaced........there was a lad in hospital a bit of a wide boy who must have made a questionable living, but he was okay to talk to.......
He was in hospital following a horrific car crash whereby he lost a leg, his mate sat in the car was totally unscathed.............his car was an Audi A3 RS3 a indecently quick car it was 5 weeks old.
Been trying to find the news item
Anyhow he was traveling at 130 mph apparently when he clipped a Vauxhall Corsa car carrerering into a Armco post launching the car 120 yards into a cow field
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06/18/2017 06:13 PM

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Lot of variables but the instant deceleration from 70mph would defeat most protective airbags, etc. and death would be instant.
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I imagine that taking seatbelts out of the equation would result in the body ejecting but wouldn't that technically increase chances of survival?
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I was hit from behind at 55 mph. My PT told me had I of been seat belted in my neck likely would've snapped, rather than the horrible double whiplash I had.

I don't think I came anywhere close to being ejected from the car, but my car seat did come off its runners. The car was totaled.
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06/18/2017 06:21 PM
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Lot of variables but the instant deceleration from 70mph would defeat most protective airbags, etc. and death would be instant.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75088615

Well if the car stopped instantaneous which it wouldn't, everything in the car would be traveling 70 mph, if the human body stopped instantaneous then their organs would still be traveling 70mph which would kill you.
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06/18/2017 06:30 PM

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That burned woman on America's Got Talent was the only survivor of a plane hitting the ground at 300 MPH.

Only God can answer your question, when it's time to go and when to stay.
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she's suffering on Earth while the rest are dead and at peace. she lost
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God is a sick fucker.
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06/18/2017 06:43 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
Lot of variables but the instant deceleration from 70mph would defeat most protective airbags, etc. and death would be instant.
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would you mind being extremely specific - eg if you hit a solid object at 70 mph that was also travelling 70 miles per hour it would be termed a kiss

specifics....
I imagine that taking seatbelts out of the equation would result in the body ejecting but wouldn't that technically increase chances of survival?
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06/18/2017 06:44 PM
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Lot of variables but the instant deceleration from 70mph would defeat most protective airbags, etc. and death would be instant.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75088615

would you mind being extremely specific - eg if you hit a solid object at 70 mph that was also travelling 70 miles per hour it would be termed a kiss

specifics....
I imagine that taking seatbelts out of the equation would result in the body ejecting but wouldn't that technically increase chances of survival?
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Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75097707

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supposed to be to op - would you mind being extremely specific - eg if you hit a solid object at 70 mph that was also travelling 70 miles per hour it would be termed a kiss

specifics....
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06/18/2017 10:02 PM
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06/18/2017 10:09 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
If you aren't wearing a seatbelt then you'd probably die immediately from the tearing of your heart valve, blunt force trauma etc.

Most speeds over 55mph are fatal.

But I've heard stories of peoples tires blowing out while their doing 80mph on the freeway, they slam into the railings and walk away with a few minor scratches. It all depends I guess. Instant death would be ideal if your slamming into something that fast, though. Otherwise you'll probably live with injuries for the rest of your life.
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06/18/2017 10:11 PM
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Wouldn't the deceleration knock someone unconscious immediately?
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sounds like op might be planning a crime

we have seen these "science questions" before
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06/18/2017 10:28 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
Only if they were in it.
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06/18/2017 10:41 PM
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I work for an insurance company and I have investigated hundred of cases where this has happened. The answer is no, no one in the car would survive with or without a seat belt. On a side not your eyes would pop out of your head from the force. Very few cases where the eyes didn't pop out.
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06/18/2017 10:53 PM
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Motorcycle accidents do more damage than anything. I will never understand why people ride on those things!
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06/18/2017 11:01 PM
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Motorcycle accidents do more damage than anything. I will never understand why people ride on those things!
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motorbikes are very very fun for those who have good coordination and fast reactions.

most fun of all IMO but i have tried a wing suit yet.

but streets are dangerous for anything.
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06/18/2017 11:12 PM

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Wouldn't the deceleration knock someone unconscious immediately?
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sounds like op might be planning a crime

we have seen these "science questions" before
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Or suicide. Sometimes people who attempt suicide in this way end up permanently disabled or a vegetable instead of dead. If that's what you are thinking, just give up eating--you will have time to change your mind without danger of having something worse than dying happening to you.
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06/18/2017 11:58 PM
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Wouldn't the deceleration knock someone unconscious immediately?
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06/19/2017 12:24 AM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
Wouldn't the deceleration knock someone unconscious immediately?
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No, they could push their car off a cliff not be in it, and it can reach speeds up to 200 miles an hour, and they could be on the cliff watching below as impact happens and look, they're not harmed at all.

Next question.
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06/19/2017 12:32 AM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?

I was going over 70 mph and I hit a solid object. It was a turtle crossing the road. No harm.

I was driving a racecar at 200+ mph and hit the wall and tumbled over. No instant death.

Deceleration at 70 mph into water might knock them out immediately, and in a freeway accident it might knock them out.

There is accident science in ERs about over 40 mph can knock someone out of their shoes if you hit them in the road, and over 60 mph without a seatbelt, I think is fatal without airbag. With seatbelt and no car damage originally and airbag, they'd get broken but not dead. The pressure hours after, from the swelling and internal bleeding, kills more than any impact. Although impact would rip major organs, even with seatbelt sometimes, the fatter you are the more deadly you might be, unless you were drunk at the moment of impact which changes how your body reacts to the impact.
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06/19/2017 12:33 AM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
Depends, in theory anything above 50mph will kill you.

But I crashed at 100mph and walked away with minor injuries.
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Did you catch fire?
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06/19/2017 06:34 AM
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Motorcycle accidents do more damage than anything. I will never understand why people ride on those things!
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 70886928

motorbikes are very very fun for those who have good coordination and fast reactions.

most fun of all IMO but i have tried a wing suit yet.

but streets are dangerous for anything.
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Some of the worst accidents I've ever seen have been motorcycle accidents
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06/19/2017 11:38 AM
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Motorcycle accidents do more damage than anything. I will never understand why people ride on those things!
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 70886928

motorbikes are very very fun for those who have good coordination and fast reactions.

most fun of all IMO but i have tried a wing suit yet.

but streets are dangerous for anything.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 73340379

Some of the worst accidents I've ever seen have been motorcycle accidents
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itsa risk vs reward thing for sure but you wont get burned alive on a motorbike either.
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06/19/2017 11:47 AM

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I work for an insurance company and I have investigated hundred of cases where this has happened. The answer is no, no one in the car would survive with or without a seat belt. On a side not your eyes would pop out of your head from the force. Very few cases where the eyes didn't pop out.
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Why did I read this, I don't need to know this :-(
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06/19/2017 12:24 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
Under average everyday circr, with an average everyday vehicle, most likely.
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06/19/2017 12:29 PM
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Billions is spent on getting people to buy cars, trucks, suvs and most advertising subconsciously promotes the idea that being inside your car, truck, suv, is the safest place in the world, where nothing can touch or hurt you. Reality check:

The most dangerous situation for most people on a daily basis is driving or travelling in a vehicle, not just on highways, but surface roads. In fact, most accidents occur (at least in the U.S.) close to home.
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06/19/2017 12:54 PM
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Re: Science Question: Would someone die instantly if their car hit a solid object at 70mph?
No.

science says for every action there is a reaction

action: hit wall
reaction: die

the transfer of information is limited to the speed of light.

The bumper hits the solid object but it will take time for that information to reach your body.

Instantly will never happen.