This video shows what looks like a small bus plowing at high speed into the back of a line of stationary cars waiting at a highway off-ramp. Amazingly, there are said to be no serious injuries, which is what makes the accident watchable, as otherwise it would be too tragic for words.
As Jonathan Turley points out, one possible reason for the lack of fatalities in such crashes is that past lawsuits forced automakers, over their objections, to make their cars more crashworthy and thus protect occupants
Back in the 1960s Ralph Nader with his landmark book Unsafe At Any Speed and other people began demanding more safety features, starting with seat belts, so that cars that were once death traps are now so much safer. I recall a TV interview from a long time ago in which Nader pointed to all the sharp, hard, and metallic items in a car’s interior which he said were things that would kill you if you were flung against them in an accident, even if you otherwise survived the impact. When you look at the interior of cars now, you see soft, molded, collapsible materials designed to absorb the energy of the impact and crumple, rather that piercing your body and head.
The number of people worldwide whose lives have been spared as a result of these innovations is incalculable.
So thanks, Ralph. We really owe you.