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When riding shotgun, leave your feet on the floor and off the dashboard

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Audra Tatum used to ride with her feet on the dashboard all the time until a tragic accident on August 2, 2015 changed her perspective forever.

"My husband would tell me, 'If we have a wreck it's going to break your leg.' I dismissed him," she told NewsChannel 9.

"We were heading to my parents to pick up our two sons," Tatum added. "A car came up to a stop sign and we were coming down the road and he pulled out in front of us...we T-boned him."

At the time of the crash, Tatum wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was resting her foot up against the dashboard. Her nose, ankle, femur, and shoulder were all broken by the force.

Doctors told her that if she had been riding with her feet on the floor, she wouldn’t have even needed to go to the hospital.

Two years later, Tatum is still in recovery.

"It took my career from me. It took so much from me in life," she said.

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Now, she wants others to make sure they don't make the same mistake she did.

"I regret it every single day. Every hour of every day because every time I put pressure on my leg i feel it....Do not sit like that. If you sit like that you're asking for it."
Audra Tatum

According to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety an airbag deploys at 200 miles per hour.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that from 1990-2008, more than 290 deaths were caused by frontal air-bag inflation in low-speed crashes.

More than 80 percent of people killed were not belted or improperly restrained. Most of the people who died were passengers.

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