Meet Graham. He might look a little different but I assure you that he’s human. Well, sort of. The reason he looks the way he does is because his body has been modified to withstand a car crash.

Graham was created as part of a new Australian road safety campaign by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). He was designed by sculptor Patricia Piccinini, a leading trauma surgeon, and a road safety engineer, who modified him based on their own knowledge of traffic accidents. The result isn’t a pretty sight but it’s certainly a sobering one. As you can see, Graham doesn’t have a neck because these snap easily in car accidents. He also has a flat, fleshy face to protect his ears and nose. And if you’re wondering about all those extra nipples, they’re to protect his ribs like a natural set of airbags.

Don’t have a body like Graham’s? Then think about slowing down next time you’re behind the wheel.

More info: Meetgraham.comTAC | Patricia Piccinini (h/t)

Meet Graham. He might look different but I assure you that he’s human

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The reason he looks the way he does is because his body has been modified to withstand a car crash

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Graham was created as part of a new Australian road safety campaign

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He was designed by sculptor Patricia Piccinini, a leading trauma surgeon, and a road safety engineergraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-5

He has multiple nipples to protect his ribs like a natural set of airbagsgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-3

Graham’s brain is the same as yours, but his skull is bigger with more fluid and more ligaments to support the brain when a collision occursgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-14

Graham has a rather flat face and a lot of fatty tissue to absorb the energy of an impactgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-17

Our faces are a delicate mix of bone, muscle and cartilage. Many people injured in car accidents receive fractures to their nose, damaging not only the bone but disrupting sinuses and the delicate parts behind the cheekbone. To combat this, Graham has a rather flat face. His nose is reduced and his ears are protected by the larger structure of his skull and neck

Graham has been designed with airbag-like ribs with sacks that do a similar job to that of an airbaggraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-18

Car seat belts are designed to use the strength of the ribs to help us withstand the forces of a crash. That’s why the three-point seatbelt rests across your ribs and sternum and across your pelvis. It loads the centre of your chest, spreading the force over the ribcage until the ribs break when the force becomes too great.

Graham’s skull is a lot bigger, it’s almost helmet like and it’s got these inbuilt crumple zones that would absorb the energy on impactgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-15

Graham’s knees have movement in all directions so they are less likely to be injuredgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-23

Graham’s neck is fortified with a brace-like structure that protects his head from injury when there is a sudden movementgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-21

Graham has thicker and tougher skin to shield and reduce abrasions and road rashgraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-20

Strong, hoof-like legs with added joints allow him to jump out of the way quickly in a “spring-loaded” fashiongraham-body-survive-car-crash-road-safety-victorian-government-patricia-piccinini-22

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