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X-Ray Image of Car Crash Victim Goes Viral

February 03, 2020

CHARLOTTE, NC- An X-ray image taken of a passenger in a car crash indicates the severe harm that can be caused by putting one’s feet on a dashboard, according to WCNC.COM. One police officer likened the damage caused by the crash to that which would occur if a person were to sit on a “keg of dynamite.”*

An orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte reviewed the X-ray and described how the horrific image shows the victim’s left thigh bone protruding from her skin, and the right hip completely displaced. While the images did not identify the victim, the surgeon said that the bone structure appears to be from a female between the ages of eleven and fourteen. 

Riding with feet on the dashboard is not against the law in either of the Carolinas. However, experts say that they highly recommend avoiding this position when riding in a car. In the event of a crash, the resulting injuries can be extreme. In addition to the injury risks, having one’s legs on the dashboard can create a blind spot for the person operating the car and can increase the risk of a crash occurring. 

According to state troopers, most of the injuries are likely the result of the airbag deploying in the event of a car crash. Surgeons stated that the injuries caused in the crash could have severe long-term impacts, including arthritis and the need for hip replacements.

It is important to note that while airbags can cause injuries when a person is not seated properly, frontal airbags have saved an estimated 50,457 lives between 1987 to 2017.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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