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James R. Davis
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Posted - 04/15/2013 :  12:03 AM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend                        Like
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For example, a motorcycle and rider weight 590 lbs. and collides into a brick wall at 35 MPH. The amount of Kinetic energy that exists is 32,758 joules. That's enough energy to move an object weighing 24,161 lbs. a foot. You read that right ... That impact creates enough energy to move a 12 TON object one foot. (From different perspectives, it is slightly more than 31 BTU, or 7,824 calories.)

By the way, it's the same energy that would be created by a 590 lb. object falling 41 feet.

Any wonder why a 35 MPH crash can be fatal?
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