I thought about writing this post back in the Springtime, but forgot. Today, while driving from Aiken to Columbia on I-20 and then from Columbia to Charleston on I-77 and then I-26 I noticed something that reminded me how important this message would be.
During most of that three and a half hour drive, except when I had to exit the Interstates to deliver some papers in Columbia, I was driving between 70-75 mph, (I would never admit to driving faster) and I counted five cars that passed me where the passengers (all appeared to be female) had their feet on the dashboard. Note that they were passing me, so they were going even faster, thus a higher chance of something going wrong.
Back during my Fire/EMS days. I saw more than my share of “Dashboard Injuries” where pretty feet got mangled, but the fun didn’t stop at the feet as evidenced by the X-ray of a young person below, discovered during a Google search.
When something goes bad at 80 mph there is no time to react and you are left to the mercy of some very unforgiving principles of physics and kinematics. One does not need to be a medical professional to see the obvious femur and pelvic fractures and my guess is that there were some other interesting films from that patient. One would be their skull films after both knees were likely driven into their face with astonishing force.
A good lesson to share with everyone in your circle of influence. . . especially your children as they don’t think about things like this.
You are welcome.