You’ll never rest your feet on the dashboard again after you read this woman’s story
Posted August 15
Updated August 16
Nothing says summer quite like a long road trip…the windows down, music blaring, Red Vines in one hand, the other dangling out the window. And your legs? Well, if you’re lucky enough to be riding shotgun, they are probably propped up on the dash, of course!
Uh, better rethink that last part. In 2015, Audra Tatum casually had a foot up on her husband’s dashboard when their car was suddenly T-boned at an intersection. The airbags deployed, rapidly forcing Tatum’s foot straight into her face. She broke her nose and shattered her femur in four places, as well as her shoulder and arm.
“Basically my whole right side was broken,” she told KTVQ.
While she did eventually recover, Tatum has four metal screws and a rod in her leg, and she had to quit her job with Emergency Medical Services, as she could no longer perform her duties.
Had Tatum not had her foot on the dash, doctors told her she would have walked away from the accident unscathed. Instead, she has spent the last two years dealing with excruciating pain, not to mention attending physical therapy, learning to walk again-and having to pay large hospital bills.
Sadly, Tatum is not the first person who has been badly injured as a result of riding with her feet on the dash. In 2010, 22-year-old Bethany Benson had her feet up on the dashboard when her boyfriend struck a tractor-trailer that stopped suddenly on the highway. She cracked her left eyesocket and cheekbone. But, worst of all, the impact of her feet against her face caused her brain to bleed. Although she thankfully survived the crash, the brain-bleed has left with her lifelong memory and hearing issues.
Wow. Suddenly the dashboard doesn’t sound like such a cozy place to rest your legs. In the event of an accident, your airbags are going to deploy with such speed and velocity that you could suffer severe damage or even death if your feet are propped up on the dashboard. Here’s a recent warning from the Chattanooga Fire Department:
Tatum is using her accident to help spread awareness about the major risks associated with this seemingly “harmless” habit.
“It could have done so much more damage. It did make it break my nose, but I could’ve hit the dash a whole lot harder without that airbag,” she told KTVQ. “If I can save one person from doing this and they’re not going through it, that would be wonderful.”
Now go make sure you remind your friends and family to keep their feet where they belong-on the floor!