So nice of you to respond. Im not an accident reconstruction specialist although I somehow learned a lot about cars. Must have been from fixing all the wrecks and dealing with adjusters and inspectors. Im not a medical examiner either. I did take some courses (anatomy & physiology) to kill time while studying engineering (one of my disciplines). If I remember correctly, we learned a heck of a lot of physics. By the way, dynamics is a topic within physics, so for you to say dynamics and physics was incorrect, but thats okay.<quoted text>
So, where are you certified in accident reconstruction? Or maybe you're a medical examiner? You must have some expertise in the dynamics and physics or automobile collisions to be able to make this statement. Or are you just another idiot Newsday blogger who likes to write about things you know nothing about? Do you have anything at all to back up your claim that this girl would have survived but for the fact that there were four people in the back set? Or are you just making it up?
First of all, I never stated that she would have survived just that she might have survived. I believe that if there was more room the impact directly to her would have been much less. What I heard (from police and a DOT inspector) is she was on the side that took the impact. Just for giggles the rear shoulder room of a 1997 s-class sedan is 52 1/4 inches (I looked that up). An average child of 12 years old has shoulders about 13 inches across (yes, I measured a 12 year old). Add clothing and we quickly see that they were packed in there.
Four people in the back seat is not only against the law, its dangerous.
I hope I have satisfactorily backed my opinion. If time allowed, I would have done more (get speed at time of impact, mass of vehicles, all that good stuff). I do not speak of things I cant back up like many others, but you may not like when I just state an opinion.
Enjoy whats left of the weekend and be safe.