Weighing the Dangers of Flying Missiles in Motor means Crashes

I will never forget an image that I saw several years ago from a motor means crash. A driver in that crash had a pen stuck right to his neck, as if it was a flying dart stuck to a dart board. The driver did survive the crash, but had to go by an intense surgery procedure to remove the so-called “pen” from his neck.

A weightless tissue box, a music CD, a portable iPod, or already a petite pen might not seem like deadly objects. However, they sure can be during the impact time of a speeding motor means crash. When a crash does occur, speed worsens its severity by increasing the energy of the impact. The higher the speed of the means, the more harsh the impact during the crashes’ secondary collision. The secondary collision is when drivers and passengers make impact with objects inside the means. That object can definitely be a loose item in the means that has transformed into a dangerous flying missile during the crash.

When a means and all its contents, including passengers and objects are traveling at speed, they have inertia which method that they will want to continue forward with that direction and speed (Newton’s first law of motion). In the event of a sudden deceleration of a stiff framed means due to impact, contents that are unrestrained inside the means will continue moving forward at their past speed due to inertia. They will impact the means interior, with a force equivalent to many times their normal weight due to gravity. During this frightening situation in a speeding motor means crash, a “tissue box” can transform itself into a heavy brick and has been cited as the cause of death in at the minimum one crash. And yes a “petite pen” can transform itself into a flying arrow or dart.

Thousands of individuals have been severely injured and killed in motor vehicles crashes chiefly due to the secondary collision with an unsecured object in the means. So here is where prevention can be your lifesaver to avoid these tragic situations from occurring. Some tips to consider:

  • The first prevention tip is an obvious one but one that should never be underestimated, and that is “do not speed”; to reiterate, the higher the speed, the heavier the object in a motor means crash.
  • The second prevention tip is to ask yourself if it’s a necessity for an object to be inside your means, for example “Is it really necessary to have 60 music compact disc’s in my means?” The more objects inside the means, the greater the chance that they can strike victims as flying missiles in a crash; In other words, “less is better”.
  • The third prevention tip is to obtain objects that are of a necessity to travel with you in a motor means, store them in the means’s glove compartment or trunk’s interior. It is also a very valuable tip when it comes to auto theft prevention.

We can all do our part so we do not become targets of flying missiles in motor means crashes. Be aware of the dangers that lie both inside and outside of your means. Reduce the items you carry inside your means and store them in your glove compartment or trunk.

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