Meet Graham, the unforgettable face of Australian road safety

If humans had continued to evolve in order to survive car crashes, it wouldn’t be a pretty sight. We would look a little something like Graham, according to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Victoria’s government-owned organization that promotes road safety in Australia.

Graham, dubbed “the only person designed to survive our roads”, is an interactive sculpture developed for TAC by a team of professionals, including a trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and an artist, as part of a “Towards Zero” road safety campaign. His main goal is to “remind citizens how vulnerable our bodies really are by showing them what we might look like if we were built to survive a crash on our roads,” according to Towards Zero.

Graham has a flat, fatty face to protect his nose and ears; airbags in between each rib; a thicker, tougher skin and his knees bend in all directions.

His rib cage extends upwards into his neck for added protection, and his skull is almost helmet-like, in order to absorb more of the impact to protect the brain.

TAC’s chief executive officer, Joe Calafiore, said in a news release that people can survive impacts at speeds they can reach on their own (such as running at full pace into a wall). But when it comes to collisions involving vehicles, “the chances of survival are much slimmer.”

“Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes,” Calafiore added.

To find out more about Graham, and to experience an interactive 360 view of the sculpture, check out the Towards Zero website.

The Carlson Law Firm has been providing exceptional representation and service to individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents through no fault of their own for over 40 years.

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