A group of researchers from the University of Leicester found that being saved by the Flash would most likely be more deadly than being hit by a car. The study specifically focused on one scene in the debut trailer from when the show was premiering in May. In it, the Flash saves a man mid-air from being hit by a taxi after he was flung from his bike – but how much saving Flash actually did is up for debate.
Flash leaped over the car, presumably at full speed, and caught the man. The problem is the fact that the man’s momentum had slowed and the worst of the collision appeared to be over, but Barry Allen swooped in and broke his spine in several directions as he saved him from gently landing on the vehicle’s roof.
Using the size of the taxi’s tire, the number of times the tire rotated, and an estimated area speed limit of 30 mph it was determined that the Flash was travelling at approximately 182 mph. No where near the top speed of 700+ mph he reached in the airfield with Harrison and Cisco mind you, but still incredibly fast.
The biggest nail in the “Flash is a murderer” coffin is point of impact. If the flying cyclist had just landed on the taxi, researchers theorized that he would have been hit on the torso and upper legs. The Flash, however, made contact with the man’s chest at 182 MPH – meaning he had a larger amount of force on a smaller area; thus causing more damage. As an over-simplified analogy, compare it to how you are told to spread out if you are walking on thin ice. If all your weight (or force in the Flash’s case) is in one area, there is going to be more damage to the ice (or an innocent man’s torso).
Researches concluded that the Flash’s actions were in fact more harmful to the victim in this case than just letting him hit the taxi. It was also suggested that he could somehow spread out his area of contact with the cyclist to reduce the amount of impact in one specific area.
So if you happen to run into CW’s The Flash star Grant Gustin on the street some day, please remind him to flare out before he bullet trains his potential victims into an early grave.Source: Leicester University