A Georgia woman who was severely injured in a car accident because she had her feet on the car’s dashboard is using her experience to warn others of the danger of riding in this position. She suffered a broken nose, ankle, femur, and arm when airbags deployed, causing her foot, which was resting on the dashboard, to slam into her nose, breaking her arm and her leg in two places. Emergency room doctors told her that had she not had her feet on the dashboard, she would have most likely escaped the wreck without injury.
This person is using her experience to warn others about the danger of riding in cars with one’s feet on the dashboard. While she always thought she would be able to put her feet down in time if an accident happened, she learned the hard way that it is not always possible. An airbag deploys at a speed between 100 and 220 miles per hour, but is specifically designed to protect a person sitting upright, with their feet on the floor, and their seatbelt on. For those not in the correct position, airbags can do more harm than good.
A front seat passenger airbag is designed to protect the rider from impact with the dashboard and windshield of a car in the event of an accident. Protecting the passenger requires precise measurements of distance and positioning in the passenger seat to regulate the amount of force needed to deploy the airbag safely and effectively. Any type of adjustment made to the proper seating position or distance from the dashboard and windshield can cause the airbag to injure the passenger it was designed to protect.
The Long-Lasting Effects of an Airbag Injury
In this woman’s case, having her legs crossed in front of her with her foot resting on the dashboard of the vehicle caused her own leg to become a projectile. It hit her nose with enough force to break it, while the compromised distance between her leg and the airbag caused the force to be too great for the bones in her leg and arm to withstand. After several surgeries, long recuperation periods, and extensive physical therapy, she is still suffering the effects of the car accident two years later.
According to the victim’s message, her decision to ride with her feet on the dashboard of her car resulted in the loss of her career as an EMT. She can no longer stand for more than four hours at a time, or lift patients as required of her job. She endures daily pain and limited mobility as a result of her injuries. She hopes that her message can save others from suffering the same consequences.
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