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Mom's horrific accident shows why you should never put your feet on the dashboard

Mom's horrific accident shows why you should never put your feet on the dashboard
From Global News - August 11, 2017

For years Audra Tatums husband repeatedly warned her to not put her feet up on the dashboard of the car when she was a passenger as it was a dangerous habit.

The mother of three from Walker County, Ga., never heeded her husbands warning. It was a mistake that would impact the rest of her life. She argued that she would have enough time to bring her feet down should an accident happen.

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But on Aug. 2, 2015 as Tatum and her husband were heading to her parents house about four miles away to pick up her two sons, the couple got into an accident.

I was going down the road riding passenger in the car with my husband driving and a car pulled out in front of us and we T-boned him at about 45 mph, Tatum recalls. I had my right ankle crossed over onto my left knee with my foot pushed up against the dash. When we hit, the airbag deployed and it broke the whole right side of my body.

In fact, Tatum broke her ankle, femur and arm, as well as her nose.

The mom of two remembers looking at the bottom of her foot as it was facing up towards her.

There really was no time for any reaction, Tatum says. I just remember hearing the tires, the crash and the airbag explodingand then the aftermath.

Its been two years since the accident and Tatum is still recovering from her injuries.

The recovery has been slow, she says. Im at the point now where being an adult, those types of injuries are as healed as theyre going to be.

Tatum admits that her life has been forever changed.

Where I used to be able to go do things with the family and friendshiking, swimming and riding motorcycles, anythingI cant do those things like I used to. It used to be that I could take off all day and go hiking up the side of the mountain with the family. Now Im limited to just a few minutes at a time.

Now Tatum is speaking out in hopes that others will learn from her mistake.

Im just trying to warn people because I hear so many people saying they do that but dont ever think it will happen to them because what are the chances theyll get into an accident or that theyve already been in one accident their whole lives, she says. Well, this was my one accident. It only takes one time for this to happen.

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