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Woman Warns Against Putting Feet On Dashboard (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty
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A Georgia woman's horrifying crash will make you reconsider putting your feet on the dashboard in a car.

Audra Tatum suffered serious injuries to her leg after she was involved in a car crash while she had her feet propped up on the car's dashboard, WPIX reports. The Walker County mother of three said her husband had warned against the habit, but she never thought any bad would come of it.

"All my life I had my legs crossed and my foot on the dash," said Tatum, according to CBS. "My husband always told me, 'You're going to get in a wreck someday, and you're going to break your legs.'"

"I'll put my foot down in time," she had told him.

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A crash in August 2015, however, changed her view on her old habit.

Tatum was in the car with her husband when another car pulled in front of them. She suffered serious injuries in the resulting crash.

"The airbag went off, throwing my foot up and breaking my nose," she recalled. "I was looking at the bottom of my foot facing up at me."

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All of the others involved in the crash were unhurt except for Tatum, who had her legs propped on the dashboard.

"Basically my whole right side was broken, and it's simply because of my ignorance," said the mom, who broke her femur, arm, and ankle in the accident. "I'm not Superman. I couldn't put my foot down in time."

She added that she was thankful the airbag deployed, because she could have suffered even worse injuries if it hadn't.

"It could have done so much more damage," said Tatum. "It did make me break my nose, but I could've hit the dash a whole lot harder without that airbag."

Even two years after the accident, Tatum said her injuries are still affecting her daily life.

"I can't do my career as an EMS," she said. "I can't lift patients anymore. I can't stand more than 4 hours at a time. Once I'm at that 4-hour mark I'm in tears."

Tatum has warned others not to make the mistake she did, and to break their habit of putting their feet on the dashboard before it's too late.

"I keep telling everybody, you don't want this in life. You don't want the pain and agony every day," said the mom. "If I can save one person from doing this and they're not going through it, that would be wonderful."

The Chattanooga Fire Department made a post on Facebook to warn against putting your feet up in the car.

"While traveling this weekend, I noticed many passengers had their feet on the dashboard of their car," read the department's post. "Airbags deploy between 100 & 220 MPH. If you ride with your feet on the dash and you’re involved in an accident, the airbag may send your knees through your eye sockets. This post was viewed thousands of times last year, but it’s worth repeating. And yes, the driver and passenger should also be wearing seat belts too."

Sources: WPIX, CBS / Featured Image: Amber Rae/Flickr / Embedded Images: Audra Tatum via CBS

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