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Why is it dangerous to put your feet on the dash of a car?

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2022 | Auto Accident Injuries |

Does your spouse, sibling or friend have a habit of putting their feet on your car’s dashboard? In the back of your mind, you know it’s dangerous for passengers to put their feet on the dash, but for the life of you, you can’t remember why. 

There may not be any laws that prevent people from putting their feet on a car’s dashboard, doing so could cause serious or fatal injuries. Here’s what you should know:

Keeping your feet down can prevent serious or fatal injuries

Many safety features help prevent or reduce injuries if people are in an accident. The airbag will likely deploy in an auto accident to prevent riders from taking on heavy damage. Having your seatbelt on could prevent you from flying around in your car if the car rolls over. 

One safety feature that doesn’t exist is for people who put their feet on the dash. Existing safety features may even cause more harm than good because a passenger had their feet up during an accident.

The placement of your feet on the dash puts you right against the airbag. If the airbag deploys, your legs will likely shoot up toward your chest. Your seatbelt may cause you to slip down and your knees could slam into your chest, causing hip fractures, broken bones and internal organ damage

One auto accident is all it takes to change your life forever. You may need legal help when looking to recover from your medical bills and losses if you were the victim of another driver’s mistakes.

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