Although doctors said she wouldn’t have normally needed to come to the hospital after such a mild accident, that wasn’t the case for one Georgia woman. Unfortunately for her, the relatively small crash left her legs shattered – and now, she’s issuing a warning about the one shockingly common practice many passengers have while riding in the car that left her with a serious injury in a crash she should have been able to walk away from unscathed.
According to Breitbart, the incident took place on August 2, 2015, as Audra Tatum and her husband were going to pick up their two sons. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t quite make it on time as another driver pulled out in front of them, resulting in a T-bone collision.
At about 45 miles-per-hour, doctors say that cars have enough safety features in them these days that normally no one would have been hurt. However, that wasn’t the case as Audra’s legs were shattered along with a few bones in her face.
Come to find out, it wasn’t the cars fault, but rather Audra’s – and now, two years later, she’s come forward with an important warning. As FOX 10 Phoenix reports, the female passenger did one thing wrong, and shockingly, it’s something that countless passengers do while riding in the car.
Audra had her feet up on the dashboard at the time of the crash. When the airbag naturally went off on impact, that’s when things went horribly wrong as the life-saving device actually had an adverse effect, rocketing out of its compartment within the dash somewhere between 100 and 200 miles-per-hour.
Audra’s legs were sent flying upwards and straight into her face. The resulting impact shattered the woman’s legs in four different places, but that’s not all. Sadly, she also sustained massive bone breaks to her shoulder, ankle, and nose, not to mention muscle and tendon tears.
With her body now riddled with reinforcement plates and several screws, Audra still walks with a limp to this day. However, the worst part comes as doctors told her during recovery that if she didn’t have her feet up on the dash at the time, she wouldn’t have even needed to come into the hospital when the dust had settled.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and Audra is issuing a warning in hopes that others will learn from her mistake. As a result of her injuries, she has not only been left physically impaired, she has lost her job due to time she needed off for the many surgeries and years of rehab that followed the initial injury.
We’ve all seen someone riding along with their feet up on the dashboard at some time or another and maybe even done it ourselves. However, now that we’re seeing the devastating effects that doing so can have, it’s important to break such a habit and ensure that everyone we love is informed of the dangers.
Airbags are there to save our lives. However, like so many other things in life, if they’re not properly used, they can seriously hurt us. Sadly, that was the case for Audra, but now, because she’s come forward, that doesn’t have to be the case for anyone else. Be smart, stay informed, and be sure that your family and loved ones are too.