Friday 20 October 2017

Why passengers should never put their feet up on the dashboard, woman warns

Placing feet upon the dashboard is extremely dangerous in the event of an accident
Placing feet upon the dashboard is extremely dangerous in the event of an accident

Rachel Hosie

Many children and adults alike put their feet up on the dashboard of a car when travelling in the passenger seat - it’s comfortable and relaxing.

However it’s also potentially a lot more dangerous than you might have thought, and one woman is telling her story to spread that message.

Audra Tatum's injury Photo: NewsChannel9
Audra Tatum's injury Photo: NewsChannel9

Two years ago, Audra Tatum from Walker County, Georgia, USA, was sitting in the front of her car while her husband was driving.

As she was wont to do, she had her legs crossed and one foot on the dashboard, despite her husband’s warnings that she may injure herself doing so.

She wasn’t wearing her seatbelt either.

Out of nowhere, a car pulled out in front of them and Tatum and her husband T-boned him, the front of their car crashing into the side of the other.

Audra Tatum spoke to NewsChannel9
Audra Tatum spoke to NewsChannel9

As the airbag ballooned, Tatum’s foot was thrown into her face, breaking her nose in the process.

"Basically my whole right side was broken, and it’s simply because of my ignorance," Tatum told CBS News.

She had to have several operations and weeks of physical therapy and still walks with a limp now.

According to doctors, had she had her foot on the floor, she wouldn’t have had to go to hospital at all.

And Tatum is now trying to raise awareness of what happened to her and warn others not to sit in cars with their feet up on the dashboard.

"I keep telling everybody, you don’t want this life,” she said. “You don’t want the pain and agony every day."

It’s a huge price to pay for simply sitting a certain way.

"I regret it every single day," Tatum told NewsChannel9.

"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."

Independent News Service

Also in Life