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Should passengers ride with their feet on the dash?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Comfort often takes precedence over safety when a person rides as a passenger in a vehicle, especially on long, summer road trips. One common practice seen among passengers is resting their feet on the dashboard. It might feel relaxing and harmless at first, but it could lead to severe injuries during a car accident.

Car accidents occur unexpectedly and can have devastating effects. The impact of these accidents can worsen significantly for passengers who have their feet on the dashboard.

Impact of airbag deployment

Airbags deploy at high speeds during collisions. They serve to cushion occupants from striking hard surfaces inside the vehicle. However, if a passenger’s feet are on the dashboard, the deploying airbag can force their knees into their face or chest. This can result in injuries such as broken bones, damage to internal organs and facial trauma.

Damage from sudden stops

Car accidents are not the only situations where injuries can occur. Even sudden braking can force a passenger’s knees into the dashboard, potentially causing injury. This can result in damage to the knees, legs or ankles.

Increased risk of spinal injuries

In a crash, passengers with their feet on the dashboard are at an increased risk of spinal injuries. The unnatural position of the body can lead to a greater force exerted on the spine, leading to potential spinal fractures or other injuries.

Impairment of seatbelt function

A seatbelt functions optimally when passengers sit properly in their seats. If passengers put their feet on the dashboard, it can interfere with the functioning of the seatbelt, increasing the risk of injury during an accident. This can lead to injuries like whiplash, chest trauma and abdominal injuries as the seatbelt cannot adequately restrain the passenger.

While it might seem comfortable to rest your feet on the dashboard, the risk of severe injury during a car accident increases substantially. It is important for passengers to prioritize their safety over comfort to minimize potential harm in the event of an accident.