I hope it's ok to post this question. I came across a random video on Youtube and this deer was hit by a car. Upon impact, however, his body flew up pretty high before hitting the ground. I was wondering why that's the case? I would imagine him being thrown in the opposite side of the car's velocity instead of up.
the deer slid up the wedge-shaped windshield, which imparted a vertical component to its velocity. Pretty spectacular. I did almost the same thing in a Taurus wagon: the deer was launched almost vertically upwards while retaining a transverse velocity that carried it up, over, and then down into the opposite lane, where a minivan coming the other way struck it head-on. The blunt front of the minivan did not launch it- it bounced off sideways and ended up in the ditch.