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A warning to leave your feet on the floor and off of the dashboard

Audra Tatum was riding in the passenger seat of this car when it T-boned another vehicle. (Audra Tatum)

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WTVC) - While buckling up is at the top of every safety checklist when it comes to a road trip, there's another precaution that can more easily go overlooked.

Before Aug. 2, 2015, Audra Tatum used to ride with her foot pressed up against the dashboard of her car all the time.

"My husband would tell me, 'If we have a wreck it's going to break your leg.' I dismissed him," Tatum told NewsChannel 9.

Nearly two years ago, her perspective changed completely.

"We were heading to my parents' to pick up our two sons. A car came up to a stop sign and we were coming down the road and he pulled out in front of us .. .we T-boned him," she described.

At the time of the crash, Tatum wasn't wearing a seat belt and was resting her foot up against the dashboard.

"When the airbag exploded, it pushed my foot up into my face," she said.

Her nose, ankle, femur and shoulder were all broken by the force.

At the hospital, doctors told Tatum that had she had both feet firmly planted on the floor, she "wouldn't have had any issues whatsoever."

Two years later, Tatum is still in recovery.

"It took my career from me. It took so much from me in life," she said.

Now, she wants others to make sure they don't make the same mistake she did.

"I regret it every single day. Every hour of every day because every time I put pressure on my leg I feel it ... Do not sit like that. If you sit like that, you're asking for it," Tatum told NewsChannel 9.

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