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David HodgePHY-102Professor Flakes09/25/16The Physics of Motor Vehicle CollisionsEach year thousands of civilians are killed in motor vehicle collisions. Much of this is due tothe laws of motion and how these laws affect the vehicles and the passengers inside of them.Most people do not understand physics and how it can affect the outcome of a collision, butwould be a good piece of knowledge to learn. While the passengers of a vehicle may not feel asif they are individually moving, since they are in the vehicle that is in motion, they are alsoactually moving and this can cause violent trauma during a vehicle collision, whether from head-on, out of control acceleration, hit from behind, or many other collision types. Looking at thescene of an accident, it is clear that the three laws of motion developed by Newton can be seen inthe accident; the laws of inertia, acceleration, and action-reaction.Looking at the law of inertia as it pertains to a rear end collision with a vehicle stopped at atraffic light, the law of inertia states that “every object continues in a state of rest or of uniformspeed in a straight line unless acted on by a nonzero force” (Hewitt,Suchocki,& Hewitt, 2012,

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