Men are quite possessive about their cars. They think cars as a living thing which breaths air and take lubrication and oil. The air intake manifold which helps the engine burn the hydrocarbon given in the shape of fuel make men think it as a living thing. Well, just because of their love then can’t allow anyone to get near their car and even mistreat it.
A mother of three from Walker County learned about the obsession of men with their cars through a harder way. She spent most of her time in the car spreading her legs to the dash. Her one foot was on the dash for most of the times. She was interviewed by CBS news, she said:
All my life I had my legs crossed and my foot on the dash. My husband used to tell me, ‘You’re going to get in a wreck someday, and you’re going to break your legs.’
While the couple was one day travelling 4 miles to meet their parents. They suddenly crashed their car. Everyone was able to walk away with an exception of few bruises, everyone except Tatum [the mother of three].
The airbag went off, throwing my foot up and breaking my nose, I was looking at the bottom of my foot facing up at me. (she told CBS News)
The impact was so severe because of her legs resting on the dash that it broke the most bones of her body including arm, ankle and femur. Basically her entire right side was broken because of the impact. She now regrets for her ignorance as she haven’t forsighted anything like this coming to her during the ride. The car which hit their car came out of nowhere and Tatum had no chance to remove her feet from the dash.
The accident had happened in 2017. It has been years but Tatum has not fully recovered. She’ll be fine soon but still she feels like wasting years of her life just because of some ignorance. She wants other to know that safety standards are for reasons. One must follow safety rules while conducting any business. She told CBS:
I can’t do my career as an EMS. I can’t lift patients anymore. I can’t stand more than 4 hours at a time. Once I’m at that 4-hour mark I’m in tears. I keep telling everybody, you don’t want this life.