Woman’s X-ray from car crash reveals dangers of common habit
A UK police officer has released an X-ray of a car crash victim to warn other passengers against putting their feet on the dashboard.
An unidentified woman had one of her hips broken and the other dislocated in a car accident while her feet were propped on the vehicle’s dashboard.
Wales police sergeant Ian Price took to Twitter to share the X-ray initially posted by the Platinum Ambulance Service to warn other front-seat passengers against the habit.
“Here is an X-ray of horrific injuries sustained to the front seat passenger who had their feet on the dashboard at the time of a collision,” he wrote. “If you see your passenger doing it stop driving and show them this.”
According to trauma surgeon Dr John Crozier, putting up feet on the dashboard may in a crash cause death or serious injuries such as a ruptured bowl, spinal cord damage and paralysis.
Here is an X-ray of horrific injuries sustained to the front seat passenger who had their feet on the dashboard at the time of a collision. If you see your passenger doing it stop driving and show them this. pic.twitter.com/f3XCT8ePvi
— 🏴 Sgt 121 Ian Price 🏴 (@DPGoSafeSkipper) January 22, 2020
In 2016, more than 400 people in Australia were admitted to hospital with injuries related to putting their feet up on the dashboard.
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