If someone ever told you to put your legs down off the car dashboard – they were most certainly right. And not because of the possible damage to the cover, but because of the danger you were putting yourself in. Audra Tatum fell victim to her carelessness more than two years ago, and it became the woman’s biggest regret in life.
Audra Tatum was driving home with her husband to pick up their two sons. She was in the passenger seat and had her one foot on the car’s dashboard. Her husband warned her that if they had a wreck, this would break her leg. But the woman dismissed him.
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Unfortunately, car accidents happen all the time, and most often they come out of the blue. The case of Audra Tatum wasn’t an exception. Out of nowhere, a car got in front of them, so that Tatum t-boned its one side.
Because of the collision, the airbag ballooned and threw the leg into Audra's face. Besides the leg, she also broke her nose. The doctors said that had she had her foot on the floor and not on the dashboard, she would have received no damage and would have been completely fine. She was wearing a seatbelt, which prevented her from breaking her lower back or neck.
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Today, the woman still feels extreme, agonizing pain every day. She is concerned and tries to raise awareness:
I regret it every single day. Every hour of every day because every time I put pressure on my leg, I feel it… Do not sit like that. If you sit like that, you’re asking for it.
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An indeed, according to Chattanooga Fire Department, airbags typically deploy between 100 & 220 mph. If a person is sitting with their legs on it, they risk having them sent through the eye sockets due to the accident.
People are sharing their stories to make sure that nobody gets hurt because of their ignorance:
Here you can see what an airbag does to a mannequin's legs when it deploys.
Remember the rules of safe car ride and take care on the roads! Don’t repeat other people’s mistakes. Stay healthy.