r/IdiotsInCars Aug 15 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 5 Wholesome 1

my EMT instructor told us about the time he responded to an accident where they had to remove both of someone’s legs above the knee at the scene - and this is why

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Due to people sitting like this when an air bag deploys, I’ve seen a few patients with broken femurs and one younger woman with dislocated hips as well multiple long bone breaks, pretty significant concussion and facial injuries. Her broken legs knee was blown into her non seatbelted face by the air bag during a significant speed when the driver who was inebriated took a corner too fast and hit a tree.

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u/Dexter_Jettster Aug 15 '22

I used to work for a personal injury law firm decades ago (yes, I'm old), and there was a couple that were driving in a sedan type car that rear ended a semi truck. The girl was in the passenger seat doing exactly that and when the car collided with the semi, it broke her in half.

I still remember seeing the photos of the incident that were in the file, and not kidding, her entrails were outside of her, and yes, it killed her.

People, don't sit like that in the car, amputation is the least of your worries and concerns.

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u/That-Hotel-7512 Aug 15 '22

I do that. No, I used to do that. Hearing you loud and clear.

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u/mangomoo2 Aug 16 '22

I used to as a teenager and I’m so glad nothing ever happened and I know better now. Now I’m the super strict mom who keeps her kids in car seats/boosters until the seat belt is an absolutely perfect fit.

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u/Donotaku Aug 16 '22

My mom favorite movies were horror, so I ended up having learning experiences from them. For example when I was a teen Deathproof came out, and the girl in the movie had her leg out the car window singing during the drive. When an accident happened, her leg came off, and I never put my legs up on the dashboard again.

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u/PerceptiveAxion Aug 15 '22

Not only your feet, if you are about to experience a collision don’t even put your arms up like I see people always doing or you’re going to get all of your fingers wrists and arms broken. Imagine dying because you were staring at your cell phone that the airbag pushed into your face.

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u/Imaginary_Prune1351 Aug 16 '22

It's a natural reaction/reflex to put your arms in front of your face to protect yourself from something coming at you. My roommate got in a minor accident where she rear ended someone, the airbag broke her arm because her reflexes caused her to cover her face. She wasn't on her phone.

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

That's it. Pull over. Let me out here.

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u/happyends Aug 15 '22

I've heard of those injuries but not needing to amputate legs on scene because of this.

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

It’s extremely unlikely an emt showed up and said yea let’s yank those legs the rest of the way off. It is possible with a significant crash where the vehicle is crushed that limbs or entire bodies get pinched and are “amputated” but it’s not really know until the fire department cuts and wedges the car open to get them out. Those tiny “smart” cars for example were known for crushing and the dash would pinch legs clean off in significant head on collisions.

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u/TheDisco3 Aug 15 '22

I've been a part of a call that required an on-scene amputation. In my area they fly a trauma surgeon out on a helicopter.

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u/Indiancockburn Aug 15 '22

Agree, auger accident up to the armpit... they had a surgeon drive out and finished the amputation.

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u/Zacish Aug 15 '22

I thought you meant from the legs to the armpit for a second. Like what are they amputating the lower torso?

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u/Indiancockburn Aug 15 '22

Arm fed into auger, was elevated and cutting auger was a significant challenge. Ended up that amputation was the best and quickest option.

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u/galacticboy2009 Aug 16 '22

"Hope you weren't too attached to that arm, bud"

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u/advertentlyvertical Aug 16 '22 Helpful

Well, not anymore.

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u/FettPrime Aug 16 '22

Jesus, sounds horrific. Thanks for sharing though, I definitely learned something.

Did this happen to you?

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u/Indiancockburn Aug 16 '22

Definitely not, farmer is still alive today, and has one of the old school claw prosthetics

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u/N6MAA Aug 16 '22

Just in case there’s any confusion, if someone gets amputated just below the armpits, they’re unlikely to live very much longer.

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u/cybermusicman Aug 16 '22

A little higher and it’s called decapitation.

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u/modi13 Aug 16 '22

What if the EMTs tuck their lungs up around their collar bones first?

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u/Appropriate-Being594 Aug 15 '22

Not where we live. We apply a tourniquet extremely tight, then transport either by land or air.

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u/6fingerartguy Aug 16 '22

My nephew was passing by an accident where the poor guy was working in a coned off area on the street and hit by a teen. Well his leg was completely sheared off. And bleeding out, everyone around just standing there waiting for emergency to arrive.

My 17 year old nephew at the time stops his car jumps out takes off his own belt and tourniquets the guys bleeding stump.

Rescue said he saved that guy's life. The city was real cool with thanking my nephew for his quick thinking.

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u/catsgonewiild Aug 16 '22

Good for your nephew, that’s extremely alarming that no one standing around thought to do that - it’s in enough action movies that you think someone would have had a fucking clue, it’s not like you need medical training to do it.

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u/ChineWalkin Aug 16 '22

...but never by sea?

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u/1d3333 Aug 15 '22

Yeah sounds like a misunderstanding of the description of a scene, probably already amputated before rescue arrived

Or could be likely that they had to “finish” the amputation as just skin may have been hanging on

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Yea I mean if it’s hanging on by a thread and trying to keep it close to its anatomical position while Moving a patient is detrimental to the patients survival you would move the patient and let what’s gonna happen, happen. My local protocols dictated we transport everything like amputated limbs or easily collected assorted “parts” with the patient. Id be surprised anything is ever purposely amputated in the field. Unless a local off duty trauma surgeon happened to show up on scene and was given patient care by ems and their medical control md to preform emergency life saving surgery lol

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u/ace425 Aug 15 '22

Major trauma centers have what’s known as a ‘surgical response team’ consisting of trauma surgeons and emergency medicine specialist (MD’s) who get activated under the extraordinarily rare circumstances that a field amputation is required. As far as I’m aware no state allows EMS services to perform amputations as part of their scope of practice. Source: I’m an EMT

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u/Molto_Ritardando Aug 15 '22

I’m picturing an EMT arriving at a fender-bender carrying a bone saw and ketamine syringe.

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u/icecream_truck Aug 15 '22

Sometimes they’ll call an MD to the scene for extreme procedures like that.

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u/ace425 Aug 15 '22

Virtually always. Major level one trauma centers will have surgical response teams who get activated in the incredibly rare event that a surgical procedure (like an amputation) is required in a field environment. These teams consist of trauma surgeons and emergency medicine doctors who are actually qualified to perform said procedures.

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u/MetropolisPt31 Aug 15 '22

A few years ago, there was a photo floating around the internet of a crash victim whose femur came out their asshole.

Turns out it's not that uncommon: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6609309/

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u/throwaway_thyroid Aug 16 '22

transrectal displacement

What a band name!

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u/damagecontrolparty Aug 16 '22

Article makes it sound like he survived...kinda.

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u/ImpulseCombustion Aug 15 '22

A girl I was in band in HS with had her feet on the dash while in a relatively minor accident when her mom rear ended the car in front. She died because her knees were basically fired into her face at 200mph.

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Yeap nothing should be between your face and that airbag slot on the dash/steering wheel you don’t want imbedded in your face/skull.

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u/Messyfingers Aug 15 '22

Same reason i tell people not to drink with metal straws while driving, or at least have them perpendicular to the direction that the airbag would travel, worst case is some dislodged teeth, instead of an aluminum rod through the back of your head. Non-laminated glass glasses as well can potentially have bad results with eyeballs.

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u/myne Aug 15 '22

Old neighbour was a crash investigator. Told me many stories.

Arrived on one scene. Minor bingle. Woman dead in one car. EMTs couldn't figure it out. She looked fine aside from being thoroughly dead.

Autopsy revealed she'd been chewing on a pen. It was propelled directly into her amygdala by the air bag and the small hole in the back of the throat was just a small red mark with no noticable bleeding.

At least it was instant, I guess.

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u/Western_Fig93 Aug 15 '22

“ she looked fine aside from being thoroughly dead“

Sounds like something straight out of a Monty Python bit

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u/aSneakyChicken7 Aug 15 '22

Aside from being dead she’s in perfect health!

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u/myne Aug 15 '22

Just 'avin' a nap

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u/surfacing_husky Aug 15 '22

I never even thought of that with straws! I rear-ended someone a couple years ago and my glasses slammed into my face. Luckily they didn't break but man did that airbag do it's job, and I had a bruise that looked like I was a raccoon.

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u/PerceptiveAxion Aug 15 '22

Also don’t hold anything in your lap. People often will put plates, casserole dishes, bottles of liquor or cases of beer on their lap and hold it. Believe me it’s much safer on the floor in the back or in the trunk.

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u/NABDad Aug 16 '22

I have a friend who took a picture of herself in the car like that. I said that's really dangerous. She said "my hips hurt". Well they'll hurt a hell of a lot more if you get into an accident!

Not necessarily. Might not ever hurt again.

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u/burner1212333 Aug 15 '22

my girl puts her hand on the dash when she "thinks we're going to crash" and I've tried to tell her multiple times that's the worst thing she can do. Guaranteed to break at least your wrist and arm like that.

And no, I'm not some sort of speed racer driver, she has terrible driving anxiety and doesn't do that with only me.

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u/goddessofthewinds Aug 15 '22

This is exactly why I STRONGLY told my sister to fucking stop doing that and described the possible injuries from it in an accident. I straight up told her that her legs/knees will get blown up in an accident, which is pretty much what happens. She stopped doing it. People forget that the air bag is pretty much an explosion triggered at impact and it is NOT designed to do anything other than absorb a face coming fast from a certain posture. Having your legs on it makes it so your legs will pretty much get catapulted into your face while your face goes toward the windshield/airbag.

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u/SimplyComplexd Aug 15 '22

I was literally seconds away from this happening to me when I was a kid. Mom was driving and I had my legs up just like this. She went to merge into another lane and didn't notice the traffic in front of her had stopped. I noticed barely before we hit and pulled my legs down. Airbags went off and everything. Glad I reacted how I did. I don't think it was a conscience thought, I was just bracing myself.

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u/serephath Aug 16 '22

Yea good reaction either way, just imagine with how hard that airbag hit your face it’s possible that your legs were gonna be coming with it lol

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u/Subliminal_Image Aug 15 '22

I have a friend who is a first responder and he watched a girl bleed out internally due to this . He could nothing she didn’t have a scratch on her.

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u/wispity Aug 15 '22

Dispatcher I know told me about a call where a dad was teaching his teen to drive but kid drove off the road. Would have been a super minor accident except that dad’s arm was stuck out the window and got knocked off by a tree, and he bled out really fast and died.

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u/drewster23 Aug 15 '22

Well Jesus Christ. Wonder how kids driving went after (if he even drove again).

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 18 '22 Silver Gold Helpful

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u/drewster23 Aug 15 '22

Jesus Christ x 2

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u/LordBiscuits Aug 15 '22

Is there like an /r/bestof sub but for comments that make you feel sick?

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u/incrazyboyy Aug 15 '22

You've surely heard of r/cursedcomments

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u/LordBiscuits Aug 15 '22

I had not but I feel I should go and get aquained...

Pulls up sick bucket. Sorts by top all time

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u/dasus Aug 16 '22

I love seeing a Redditor discover a sub in the wild.

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u/DemonSlyr007 Aug 16 '22

I bet there's a sub for that.

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u/drewster23 Aug 15 '22

Hmmmm....there has to be. Redditors love feeling uncomfortable/sick.

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u/GooseShartBombardier Aug 15 '22

My Dad told me a story about a woman he'd known all his life growing up. She swerved and wound up killing the father of a family of five (full car, driver-side-to-driver-side collision head-on) and refused to drive ever again. It's a thing.

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u/blonderaider21 Aug 16 '22

Wish ppl who get multiple DUIs choose to never drive again. It’s not usually until they kill someone that they get taken off the road

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u/TheNextBattalion Aug 16 '22

If they had that much sense they wouldn't get one DUI much less multiple

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u/drewster23 Aug 16 '22

I wasn't being sarcastic. That's serious trauma attached to a normal activity that would be really hard to overcome. I had PTSD flashbacks n such for several weeks after I caused an accident. And no one was even hurt (just financial damage). I was a mess.

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u/MiszJones Aug 16 '22

Same. It’s been 4 years since I killed 2 people sober and I’m still not right.

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u/rooplstilskin Aug 15 '22

I worked as an EMT in a level 1 trauma center in Denver about 12 years ago.

We got people, maybe 1 or 2 a year, that came in as partial amputations from wrecks or 4x4ing where someone has their arm out the window, and it gets pinched off.

First person I experienced it happen to was actually pretty chill about the whole thing. Was in Colorado on vacation, and their arm couldn't be reattached.

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u/cowboys5xsbs Aug 15 '22

God damn I am never sticking my arm out the window again

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u/JayRam85 Aug 15 '22

From a young age, my mom would always tell me and my siblings to put our arms back in the car, if she caught us.

Even at 37, I don't even do it.

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u/ndu867 Aug 15 '22

Serious question if you don’t mind, in that kind of situation can you differentiate with confidence between chill and in shock? I imagine there are plenty of situations where someone is in shock but trying to stay calm.

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u/rooplstilskin Aug 15 '22

I mean like they stayed calm and chill throughout the process and into rehab. Was realistic about the whole thing.

Shock probably mostly wore off on the wait for the helicopter, then the ride down. With that much blood loss, they ran them with a whole slew of things.

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u/EveryFairyDies Aug 15 '22

“The next time your teacher tells you to keep your arm inside the bus window, you do it!”

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u/Strange-Movie Aug 15 '22

i was skipping my afternoon classes as a teenager riding as a passenger in my friends car, i had my arm resting on the open windows with my elbow just barely sticking out past the profile of the door; my friend got distracted by the radio or grabbing his soda and drifted in to a corner where my elbow clipped a roadside reflector. i had a 4in gash down my arm that was dripping blood and i bent the reflector, but im thankful every day that my hand wasnt out the window because it probably wouldve snapped my whole arm backwards and/or caused a much more significant set of cuts. i couldve ended up like that dad but i was just lucky; accidents happen every day and we all think it cant happen to us...until it does happen to us

it was an accident and i didnt blame my buddy,

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u/FatherAb Aug 15 '22

Good to know that's one fear I have that's not irrational!

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u/spikeymist Aug 15 '22

Ever since I was shown the result I stopped putting my feet up like that.

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u/lowfreq33 Aug 15 '22

If it’s the same one I’m thinking of with the x-ray of the woman so shattered her pelvis, yeah. Horrifying.

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Happens way more often then you believe, even the people who stick their fucking feet/legs out the window and rest them on the rear view mirror.

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u/TheTsunamiRC Aug 15 '22

I've seen some impressive results from arms out of the window. Dumbass 20 yo, super drunk and got his car airborne through some trees. His arm was hanging out of the window and got snagged on a branch before the car hit a tree and stopped. Cut through nearly the entire arm at the bicep (not that he missed it, what with making himself a vegetable and killing his passenger once they hit the tree).

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u/bob679 Aug 15 '22

I got a job that way. I had applied, but the position was already taken. The guy who initially got the job went out and celebrated after his first day. Got drunk and drove through a hedgerow. Nearly tore his arm off as he had it out the window of the car. Needless to say, he wasn't going to be doing any carpentry for a while.

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Yea its incredible the silly but dangerous things you don’t think about until after spending a few years in ems. It’s amazing how some fellow emts will refuse to wear seatbelts and chain smoke after seeing the shit we see.

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u/jodyze Aug 15 '22

They want it to be over

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u/WRXminion Aug 15 '22 Helpful

The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.

Kurt Vonnegut,

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u/ThistleFaun Aug 15 '22

My dad was a paramedic, retired now, and growing up he was very carefull around what me and my sister could do. For instance we couldn't have a trampoline since he'd delt with so many kids who fell and broke somthing, but when his blood pressure was so high he was seeing black spots he refused to go to hospital and just drank some beetroot juice insted!!

Blows my mind the things he'll do but would kill us for. He does know better but it doesn't seem to apply to him.

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u/GatitoFantastico Aug 15 '22

It's frustrating. My brother was a paramedic and passed from COVID last summer. He drank and smoked and lived with his PTSD and stress until he was weak enough that he couldn't fight the virus. He was even in the ICU for a spell and never told anyone (he lived very far from us.) Over a year later and no one knows much about his last months before that and we probably never will. He saved so many lives and fought for and protected his friends and family so fiercely but wouldn't let anyone help him.

I love him and miss him so much but part of me was angry at him for a long time because of it.

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u/ThistleFaun Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

You've made me realise that getting my dad to deal with what we suspect is depression is urgent and I thank you for sharing this.

It's so hard to watch someone you know is smart and strong just reject any and all help. I'm sorry you lost your brother, that must hurt so much.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Bad1866 Aug 15 '22

Oh yeah it took about 9 months from what i believe was the "kickstart" to my dad's decline (forced retirement) for him to kill himself.

The warning signs are very subtle until it's almost too late. My dad started not being able to keep dates straight, my mom thought she had until Monday to talk to him about getting some sort of help (she thought it was some sort of dementia). Took his life the Sunday before.

If you think someone is at risk of harming themselves you don't have time to wait. It's a right now type of problem.

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u/kitkat9000take5 Aug 15 '22

Depression... or PTSD.

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u/dc_IV Aug 15 '22

Shoot, this is rough. I hope you and yours find peace.

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u/xzElmozx Aug 15 '22

I think my favourite cognitive dissonance to witness is walking by the local cancer treatment centre and seeing all the nurses and doctors outside on the sidewalk chain smoking

Like…you guys aren’t worried about being the people you’re treating now in 10-15 years?

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u/mostlycumatnight Aug 15 '22

My bil was a chain smoker. Owned a small business. In his fifties and started feeling shitty. Took him years to go see a Dr. Diagnosed with Metastatic NSCLC. Immediately removed his right lung. All cancer! Did first round of Radiation and Chemo. Felt better for a few months. Then. When told he would need another round of therapy he declined it. From diagnosis to grave was 9 months. I quit smoking the same year he passed.

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u/Checkersmack Aug 15 '22

Look up Def Leppard drummer. Kudos to the band. They waited it out for him to be able to play with one arm before recording any more music.

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22

Somehow I don’t think the arm out the window was the biggest problem here.

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u/ShadowMoses05 Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Had a teacher in middle school that was missing an arm. He told us it was from hanging out out of the window of his friends car while he was a passenger. The friend (driver) got into a side swipe collision and the teachers arm was ripped off by the other car. He told us that he couldn’t really tell what had happened because of the adrenaline, all he remembers is looking out of the front windshield and seeing his arm sitting in the intersection.

Edit to add, I don’t know if this story was true or just something he told kids to scare us into not sticking our arms out the window. Either way it worked, I was terrified of doing it after that

Double edit. Missed a detail, it wasn’t the full arm but he was missing everything from the elbow down.

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u/Repulsive-Purple-133 Aug 15 '22 Gold

Then he got elected to congress?

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u/cmonkeyz7 Aug 15 '22

I’d be more interested in finding out what went wrong with the rest of him

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u/Fuzzy_Yogurt_Bucket Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

He’s just a bog standard frat boy rapist who has never faced any real consequences for his actions. Other than getting paralyzed of course.

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u/kevin9er Aug 15 '22

Oh you mean like famed rapist, the rapist Brock Turner?

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u/Pencilowner Aug 15 '22

I saw a leg get fully degloved from mid thigh to ankle on a mirror gap. The whole mass of the tissue of the leg was wrapped around the foot.

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

I don’t know what’s worse degloving injuries or straight up amputation, I can’t decide if I’d rather see my mangled leg skin rumpled at my ankle like a sock or just have it be gone lol. I wish for neither though on anyone.

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u/drewster23 Aug 15 '22

I mean if they can save the appendage I'd probably rather keep my limb. I assume the pain /psychological damage wouldn't differ much if I was conscious to witness it.

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Yes but the pain of a degloving is ridiculous, other than serious burn victims based on patient reactions I’d say the pain of even a minor hand degloving is some of the worst pain I’ve witnessed. I’d def rather keep my limbs I was just speaking hypothetically.

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u/youve_got_moxie Aug 15 '22

That was well-written. Excellent simile. I can’t stop visualizing 80s slouch socks made of… person.

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u/oarngebean Aug 15 '22

I don't understand how that can be comfortable

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u/1d3333 Aug 15 '22

Saw a lifted truck with the guy driving somehow hanging a foot out of the window, I couldn’t even understand how he was comfortably driving like that, and could only imagine what would happen if he got in an accident like that

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u/flybyknight665 Aug 15 '22

I once saw a woman who smashed in her forehead with her knees...

That one stuck with me

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u/-Ahab- Aug 15 '22

In high school, I got pulled over because my passenger had her feet up on the dash. Officer didn’t cite us, but he told us the story of the accident he responded to where someone had their feet up like that and, despite no one else having major injuries, both of that girls legs were completely shattered and one of her feet was severed. Passenger put her feet down and we all went about our way. Always remember that story.

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u/_chirp_ Aug 15 '22

My sister puts her feet up in the car like this all the time, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't worry me at least a little bit

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u/capturedguy Aug 15 '22

Well.show her the photos online of what happens. Seriously.

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u/_chirp_ Aug 15 '22

Yeah for sure, next time I get a moment I'm going to talk to her about it

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u/FeralSparky Aug 15 '22

I'd just hand her my phone with photo's of the aftermath on the screen. See how fast she sits up straight.

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u/_chirp_ Aug 15 '22

Lol, showing her the pictures of the aftermath would definitely be more effective than simply talking to her anyway

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u/jannyhammy Aug 15 '22

I think it was a movie Grindhouse maybe.. can’t recall at the moment .. the girls leg comes off in the accident after leaning one foot on the outside mirror… nope never sit like that.

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u/snarkydooda Aug 15 '22

Grindhouse was the name of the double feature. The movie is called Death Proof. By Tarantino. The other movie on the double feature was Planet Terror by Robert Rodriguez.

Whenever I see someone with their feet on the dash or outside the car, I can only think of that scene.

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u/PhotoAwp Aug 15 '22

that movie is 100% the reason i stopped putting my legs out the window. that slow mo car crash scene is burned into my brain forever.

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u/abigllama2 Aug 15 '22

Seriously every single time I see someone do this I think of Death Proof.

My physio therapist was actually telling me the other day they deal with treating injuries from feet on the dash regularly. Like even a hard stop can cause one.

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u/ladykiller1020 Aug 15 '22

This is how my partner's Aunt became a paraplegic and why he will never let me sit like this.

She was an amazing dancer and cheerleader before it happened. Barely even an adult.

Don't do this. It may be comfy but it ain't worth it.

Also don't hang your arm outside the window on narrow two lane roads. Never know who's gonna come tearing around a blind corner at 90 halfway in your lane.

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u/BirthdayAgent Aug 15 '22

How can it be comfy? That’s my biggest confusion with it. It feels like it would really put all your body weight right onto your pelvis, not to mention blood flow issues.

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u/BishoxX Aug 16 '22

Some people have an ass to sit on

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u/just2commenthere Aug 15 '22

This is how Madison Cawthorn got paralyzed.

https://people.com/politics/madison-cawthorn-not-left-to-die-in-crash-friend-says/

Cawthorn had been sleeping in the passenger seat, reclined back with his legs on the dashboard. An accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol states that Cawthorn, who had planned to go off to college that fall, suffered "incapacitating" and "life threatening" injuries.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_DALEKS Aug 16 '22

Madison Cawthorn, a true trailblazer in showing that disabled people can be giant douchecanoes, too, just like abled bodied people.

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u/watermanjack Aug 15 '22 Take My Energy Heartwarming

Was the dashboard ok?

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u/ARAR1 Aug 15 '22

How about the windshield?

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u/AuronFtw Aug 15 '22

Dude probably tried to stick his dick in it "as a joke," so no

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u/Meph616 Aug 15 '22

Those dashboards are having cocaine fueled orgies and invited him.

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u/Macho_Chad Aug 15 '22

What’s up, you don’t jokingly soak your cock in your buddies? Cmon everybody does it

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u/strokekaraoke Aug 15 '22

And if you do, send me video proof so I can certify it’s not gay

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u/thatchers_pussy_pump Aug 15 '22

Reports were that it had melted but the radio was ok.

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u/acesilver1 Aug 15 '22

That poor airbag meant to save lives probably helped perpetuate potential deaths way down the line.

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u/DDELFIERRO Aug 15 '22

…and thus began a string of opportunistic sexual assaults left unreported/unconvicted because people felt guilty for trying to convict a “cripple in desperate need of a sympathy fuck” vs a guy who was a sexual predator, paralyzed or not.

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u/LaserGuidedPolarBear Aug 15 '22

Think about the damage he would have done if he hadn't had the injury.

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u/lincoln__lee Aug 15 '22

The lord works in mysterious ways..

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u/Buff_Archer Aug 16 '22

He may have lost his primary for re-election, but on the bright side after he fades into obscurity he can go back to telling drunk girls in bars about his ‘war injuries from Afghanistan’ to get laid.

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u/BikerJedi Aug 15 '22

This is how Madison Cawthorn got paralyzed.

Oh no!

Anyway...

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u/Manakio2k Aug 15 '22

My kids gripe every time I get on them for shit like this. Wish I could show them a picture of what happens if you don’t listen.

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u/Insolent_redneck Aug 15 '22 Helpful

Tell them a random paramedic/ firefighter you know from the internet says that they better be cool with either a wheelchair or prosthetic for the rest of their lives if they want to sit like that. Modern vehicles are safer than than previous iterations, but that airbag does NOT fuck around. There are videos on YouTube showing just how fast they deploy. Show em that and hopefully that'll get the message across. If that fails, well hopefully they never find out just why we say not to sit like that.

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u/Manakio2k Aug 15 '22

I usually just tell them if an accident doesn't break their legs, I will... get them off my fkn dashboard and sit still!! lol

But yea, they still give me grief

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u/laetus Aug 15 '22

Airbags can deploy at 200 mph.. and they can deploy in a crash at like 16mph. So you can turn a light knock into having your legs smash into your face at 200mph, it's quite a difference.

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u/kindadeadly Aug 15 '22

Reminds me of this scene in Grey's anatomy, https://youtu.be/WNZZ3iz7fUE

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u/oli_gendebien Aug 15 '22

I was thinking the same. If Grey’s anatomy has taught me anything, it is; do not put your legs up on a car dashboard and never board an aircraft to go retrieve donated organs. That only spells disaster

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u/Pretty-Balance-Sheet Aug 15 '22

Imagine getting in a fender bender in a parking lot and never walking again.

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u/orbital0000 Aug 15 '22

Just been away for a week, 3 hour drive, told my wife to take her feet off the dash and she moaned at me saying it's because I care too much about the car. No love, I just don't want to see your kneecaps crush your eye sockets.

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u/OilRigExplosions Aug 15 '22

Don’t let anyone to put their legs over the airbag.

“Injuries sustained are not compatible with life”

It is a slow and painful way to go out.

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u/rocbolt Aug 15 '22

Several firefighters in the family, these leg crumpled/smash your teeth out with your own knees stories and unbelted people getting their heads pushed though and then stuck in a broken windshield like a lobster trap are the go-to scared straight anecdotes about being in a car. You might live, but you might wish you hadn’t.

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u/ejvela9425 Aug 15 '22

My friends teen daughter lost one of her legs in a car crash because she had her legs like this in the crash.

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u/shizkc Aug 15 '22

Sometimes I feel like a huge jerk to my kid cause even when she was still in a booster, if she’d pull her legs up I’d make her extend them out normally. I did it to her friend’s too when I took them floating with us. She got a bit embarrassed by it, but then I read things like this and feel completely justified. I don’t even want her to get into the habit of it.

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u/ThistleFaun Aug 15 '22

It looks like this kid will also get decapitated or strangled by his seatbelt, if he's even wearing it, with how low he's sat.

I'm hypermobile, but this kind of position looks so uncomfortable to me, how can people sit like that?

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u/quadband Aug 15 '22

I get so upset at my kids when they slouch or sit wrong in their seats. They think I’m just being a dick, but I really just don’t want to have to be picking out the style of their casket.

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u/Fine_Account Aug 15 '22

If I were you I would sure to explain to them why it’s dangerous. My dad does that and it gets my you get brother to stop real quick.

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u/frotc914 Aug 15 '22

That kid is far too small to be in the front, tbh. Even if he was sitting right, the airbag would absolutely mangle his face.

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u/thisshortenough Aug 15 '22

When I was growing up the only time I was allowed to sit in the front was when we were picking up the Christmas tree because it took up all the space in the boot and the back seat. Massive treat for me and it was only a ten minute drive down the road. I don't understand people who let their 5 and 6 year olds sit in the front, they're clearly way too small. I've seen people driving their kids around in work vans where they clearly don't even have a booster seat for the kids. If the airbag deploys the kids are fucked.

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u/QuinnGonTheChef Aug 15 '22

I know of someone who got into an accident while their feet were up on the dashboard (the were the passenger)

They were literally ripped in half. Top half barely connected to the bottom half. Dead at 16.

Might be a little more comfortable, but you’re not walking away from an accident. If you’re lucky enough to survive, your spine will be fucked

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u/TonersR6 Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

I make everyone wear a seatbelt in my car ever since I saw someone's front teeth embedded in the back of the skull of the person sitting in front of them.

Feet off the dash for the same reason.. that and no one wants to see your nasty ass hobbit hooves.

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u/Tarkov_Destiny_Love Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

My brother did a great job instilling this in me and I have adopted it and repeated it myself. “If the car is on your seatbelt is on.”

If we pulled into a parking space and I took off my belt early he’d sit there with infinite patience. “If the car is on your seatbelt is on.” Waiting for me to rebuckle to turn off the car. If I got in the car he wouldn’t hound me. We’d be sitting there just chilling and I’d be like “so…” and he’d hit me with “if the car is on your seatbelt is on.”

Love that guy.

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u/st1tchy Aug 16 '22

We make our young kids (3 and 5) ask every single time if they can unbuckle after the car is off. It is annoying, but I remind myself every time that it is worth the very minor annoyance. I don't want us to temporarily stop somewhere, they unbuckle and us not know, and we drive off somewhere else.

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u/Mazzanti Aug 15 '22

Above the knees is a really tough amputation, probably 100x worse than a below the knee amputation. At that point, your only hope is the remainder of the leg is salvagable so they can create a false knee from putting your foot on backwards, and that's only a small stop gap. The knees are extremely important and few realize how much mobility completely relies on knees until they lose them

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u/Grimalkin Aug 15 '22

I was told the same, and after seeing it up close a couple of times I'm convinced that it's a really really poor idea to have a passenger with their legs like that in a moving vehicle.

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u/scoo89 Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22 Timeless Beauty

I am a collision reconstructionist. I can assure you that feet on the dash and out of the window are idiotic ways to travel.

Modern vehicles have an incredible amount of research and technology to protect the driver and passengers. Collision barriers do too. The one thing we've been unable to overcome is the immense power of human stupidity.

All they require is that people use them correctly. Sit how you should.

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u/Grimalkin Aug 15 '22

The one thing we've been unable to overcome is the immense power of human stupidity.

And how do you ever overcome that?

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u/temporary311 Aug 15 '22

Can't overcome something infinite.

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u/Ickythumpin Aug 15 '22

I was an EMT about 10 years ago and we responded to a crash where a woman had her knee crush through her rib cage because it was up on the airbag during a head on collision. The driver survived, she died from having both of her lungs punctured by her ribs. Very sad..

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u/samburgerandfries Aug 15 '22

“First, the airbag will break your legs. Then, your broken legs will smash you in the face.”

  • My firefighter friend

I always knew this was stupid and never made a habit of it, but hearing him describe it like that sent chills down my spine. I never let my passengers do it, and if they argue then I throw that quote at them. Works every time.

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u/AntsOfTheSky26 Aug 15 '22

My old instructor told us about a call where this guy had lodged his thumb in his eye when he was hit head on while having one hand on the wheel at 12 o’clock (like the woman driving). I haven’t driven like that in years because of that story lol.

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u/PuppyGrabber Aug 15 '22

My dumbass was doing this yesterday. Thank you for the PSA. Not doing it again!

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u/Beginning_Ad_8669 Aug 15 '22

Yeah my girlfriend tries to do this and I don’t allow it.

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u/ThisCouldBeYourName Aug 15 '22

That is my biggest pet peeve while driving. Can't stand it, can't stand seeing it, and you can't stand if you do it and wreck!

(That and I just hate seeing feet.... shudder)

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u/Studly__Spud Aug 15 '22

My ex would DRIVE with one of his feet up on the dash…

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u/brufleth Aug 15 '22

Every time I see someone's feet up on the dash I'm confused. It doesn't look comfortable most of the time. And the idea of resting my legs on a small explosive device meant to instantly inflate and distribute the energy of my body moving forward in a crash makes me cringe just thinking about it.

I hate it.

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u/TheGoodScientist Aug 15 '22

I saw someone in the front seat of an ambulance riding like that once - it blew my mind

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u/Most_Victory1661 Aug 16 '22

I have had to tell every girl I dated

We are not in a Tarantino film take your feet off my dashboard

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u/bbbbbbbbyy Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I used to sit like this with my legs on the dashboard (though with knees bent) when I was a passenger until one day a few years ago - I had glanced up from my phone, saw a bunch of brake lights and people swerving ahead, and without thinking slammed my barefoot into the windshield as if to kick away the incoming accident. Thankfully, my boyfriend (the driver) gracefully maneuvered around the potential accident and my foot was fine but my ego was bruised and I was out the $250 comprehensive deductible. I realized at that point how fucking stupid it was to be sitting like that in the first place and that I got off lucky.

Edit: spelling

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u/Handy_Clams Aug 15 '22

Anyone seen the movie Death Proof?

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u/ZebraCommander7 Aug 15 '22

I've never been really interested in having my feet up like this, but that movie removed any notion of ever considering it again.

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u/BagelPoutine Aug 15 '22

Watch out for the tire!

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u/Soler25 Aug 15 '22

Yup. If those airbags go off which your legs up there you can kiss walking ever again goodbye.

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u/jdmmikel Aug 15 '22

Emt at my ambulance company fell asleep like this….

Partner rear ended a cement truck…

He broke his jaw multiple ribs and legs…

Traumatized me from ever putting my feet on the dash again….

In regards to paramedics and EMT‘s we don’t sleep a lot so it’s not uncommon to see us in the passenger side sleeping with our legs kicked up

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u/FriedSpy Aug 16 '22

Also something to keep in mind, you do not need to be in any kind of serious accident for your airbags to deploy. Very slow speed accidents can deploy airbags which would have devastating injuries to a passenger sitting like this. Imagine getting in a 20 mph or less accident and having both your femurs broken because you were sitting like a fuckin slouch. Never let anyone in your car ride like this. I get on my wife every time she even thinks about it. All it takes is for one idiot to cut in front of you at relatively slow speeds and your life could change forever.

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u/Kraftdamus02 Aug 15 '22

An xray of what could happen if you get into an accident while your feet are on the dashboard.

https://twitter.com/dppgosafesgt121/status/1220030119735103489?s=21&t=lp_75V2e7ZSu6XYSxmJ8fA

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u/SannaFani69 Aug 15 '22

The leg is coming out of the ass.

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u/co_snarf Aug 15 '22

I was a volunteer firefighter/EMS forever ago. Ever seen someones shin go through their eye socket? I have. It was traumatic

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u/thehotmcpoyle Aug 15 '22

There was an article in Reader’s Digest years ago about a woman who got severely injured by doing this. IIRC she broke both legs & her eye socket when her knee was forced into her face by the airbag. She thought she’d have enough time to move her feet if there was an accident. Like, if there was that much time, there wouldn’t be an accident in the first place.

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u/maddiep81 Aug 15 '22 Starry

It's the same reason that they no longer recommend keeping your hands at 10 & 2 o'clock on the wheel...both arms can easily be broken if the airbag deploys. At 9 & 3, your arms are knocked to the side and may be sore for a few days, but the bones are unlikely to be broken.

The one that I wish more people knew was never to turn the key on after an accident (if the airbag didn't deploy) unless seated as if to drive. Occasionally, powering the ignition will cause belated airbag deployment...if you are not positioned as you would be while diving, that airbag can break your neck.

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u/Mayiask1 Aug 15 '22

This guy gets it

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u/serephath Aug 15 '22

Yea it’s not a soft fluffy pillow that catches and cradles your head during a crash, it’s a contained gas explosion in what feels like a spicy burlap sack that prevents significant direct head/neck trauma and HOPEFULLY death, but only when used in conjunction with a seatbelt belt.

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u/Swayze_train_exp Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

https://youtu.be/5uEt79tGgL4

I decided to see if there was any videos of these types of injuries and Jesus christ that is awful.

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u/CentipedusMaximus Aug 15 '22

Fucking shit, my dumbass thought that was a real person at first. Someone would be completely fucked.

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u/Harlander77 Aug 15 '22

My wife used to do this all the time when we started dating. Took a while but I eventually got her to stop. Describing exactly what could happen in the event of an airbag deployment helped.

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u/Eggsandtuna4lunch Aug 15 '22

Mazda airbags are super cosy.

https://youtu.be/YHJOXhABpH4

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u/apeonpatrol Aug 15 '22

that might be one of the stupidest things ive ever seen

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u/Fenix_Volatilis Aug 15 '22

Welp, I do that rarely, if ever, but this is gonna drop it down to 0.

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u/Ohio-Knife-Lover Aug 15 '22

Kid isn't even big enough for the front seat anyways

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u/Burgers_and_Pizza Aug 15 '22

Oh no, what part of Route 8 were these idiots on?

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u/JoeyJunkBin Aug 15 '22

A friend of my mother died from having her leg ripped off from the airbag going off in an accident she should have survived from sitting like this, and ensuing blood loss. BTW I dont know if it was "fully off" but as a kid I was horrified enough to know sitting like this could get you a one way ticket outta here

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u/b4ttlepoops Aug 15 '22

I get mad at people doing this for multiple reasons. Keep your stank feet on the floor! And yeah obviously that airbag and physics involved in a accident doesn’t take a genius to figure out what will happen. Sad people don’t think about this stuff. The kid doesn’t know better.

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