The Daytona Speedway Crash Highlights The Extreme Forces At Work During a Car Accident
The recent high-speed crash-up at Daytona speed way illustrates the violent forces at work during a car crash in spectacular fashion. Perhaps a little too spectacular for the fans seated close to the action as fragments of the cars were hurled through the barrier protecting the fans. When a massive object like an engine block gets moving at high speed the amount of potential energy is increased exponentially. Anyone getting impacted by flying debris would be in serious trouble. The forces withing the car are just as powerful. When a car suddenly stops or changes directions the drivers and passengers are subjected to extreme G forces. If not properly secured and protected the G forces at work on a drive while a car is slammed into a wall can break bones, cause damage to the brain as the brain is pressed against the inside of the skull and even damage soft tissues within the body.
While the professional drivers of the stock cars have the latest in safety technology from the engineered roll cages, five-point seat belts that hold a driver safely to the seat even when the car is flipping end over end, to the fireproof suits that give the driver some time to get out is the car is burning the average driver on Florida's roadways do not. While safety equipment has certainly improved leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades the extreme forces of acceleration on the human body during a car crash can leave a both an immediate trauma and lasting medical effects.
As an experienced car crash attorney I have seen the effects of auto accidents on my clients for many years. Most of the time these terrible accidents are the result of carelessness or irresponsibility from one or more parties. Drivers should slow it down near intersections and check their mirrors twice before changing lands. A few simple driving habits can go along way to avoiding the terrible and long-lasting effects of a violent car crash.