Feet on Dash Airbag Injuries

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TriMark Legal Funding is one of America’s foremost legal funding companies. We offer pre-settlement car accident loans for feet on dashboard airbag injury accidents.

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First of all, let’s be clear. We absolutely hate this kind of accident.

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Hands down, feet on dash airbag injury accidents are the worst; they just are.

The injuries are always terrible and often fatal. The worst part is that they are 100% preventable.

That means all of the excruciating agony and suffering they cause is entirely avoidable.

And let’s face it; there’s just no such thing as minor injuries when your own knees blast through the windshield and smash into your face at up to 200 miles per hour (MPH), propelled there by an exploding airbag.

If you are the unfortunate recipient of a feet on dashboard airbag injury and are behind on bills, accident loans from TriMark Legal Funding could get you all caught up as quickly as tomorrow.

Lawsuit loans could help you regain control of your finances and keep your head above water until your attorney finishes negotiating your insurance settlement.

✔️ Were you seriously injured in a “feet on the dashboard” accident?

✔️ Have you retained a contingent fee attorney?

✔️ Are you behind on bills and need money before your case settles?

If you answered yes to all three questions, you might qualify for a lawsuit cash advance from TriMark Legal Funding and could receive cash in as little as 4 hours after you are approved.

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At 200 MPH, a feet on dash airbag injury almost always results in catastrophic injuries or death.

Feet On The Dash Accident

If you’ve ever ridden in a car with a person who insists on putting their feet on the dashboard, you’re probably familiar with the excuse:

“I’ll just put my feet down real quick if we’re ever in an accident.”

Famous. Last. Words.

Unfortunately, that is flawed thinking. Here are two reasons why:

  1. Speed
    The speed of human thought doesn’t even come close to the speed of an exploding airbag.

  2. There’s a better-than-average chance the guy who caused the accident won’t have to pay your medical bills
    Vehicles with airbags have multiple warnings (similar to the one at right) to never put your feet on the dashboard. If someone does and they get seriously injured, in the eyes of the law, it’s on them because they caused or, at the very least, contributed significantly to the severity of their own injuries. Contributory and comparative negligence laws vary by state and you can bet the other guy’s insurance company will rely heavily on them to minimize the damages they must pay, or in some states, prevent them from paying any damages at all.

How Fast And How Bad?

Really fast and really bad.

Studies show that a thought, like “quick, get my feet off the dashboard!”, can be generated and acted on in about 150 ms (milliseconds).

A properly functioning automotive airbag typically inflates in 15 to 50 ms. That’s between 3 and 10 times faster than the human mind is capable of even generating a thought, let alone acting on it.

In other words, long before a person’s brain has ever even sent the impulse to start moving their feet, the airbag has already exploded, already expanded up to 18 inches thick, and already sent the person’s feet, legs, and knees rocketing upward through the windshield and backward into their unprotected face at a velocity of up to 200 MPH.

An especially cringe-worthy reality is that an airbag inflating under the legs, instead of on top of them as it’s intended to do, often prevents the seatbelt from functioning properly. When this happens during high-speed front-end collisions, the entire torso is propelled butt-first underneath the seatbelt at the impact speed of between 60 and 170 MPH.

The body gets forcefully jammed and then wedged butt-first into the smashed front-end, under the dashboard in a legs-on-chest, knees-in-face, feet-in-the-backseat presentation until rescue workers arrive and extract them from the wreckage. Ouch.

How Fast Is 200 MPH?

That’s a great question because most people will live their whole lives and never once think about what would happen if they got hit with something that was traveling that fast.

  • Imagine a major league baseball player “swingin’ for the fences” with a bat at full-force (70 MPH) aimed at a stationary object, like a head-sized pumpkin, for example. Can you visualize it? Now triple the speed. What do you think happens to the pumpkin?

  • Not a baseball fan? Okay, then imagine a NASCAR race car screaming around the track as fast as it can go. Now visualize what happens when Mr. Race Car meets Mr. Pumpkinhead. That’s right; it disintegrates.

That is 200 MPH. That’s how fast an airbag is moving when it hits someone’s feet on the dashboard during a car crash.

Damage: How Serious Can A Feet On Dash Airbag Injury Be?

As far as damage is concerned, well, it’s absolute and utter destruction. Every single time.

According to Dr John Crozier, possible injuries with such events include “things like a ruptured bowel, a torn aorta and the spinal column itself can be torn apart.” The trauma surgeon also added that “Injuries like that will paralyse [and] they may well kill.”


The damage is always catastrophic and frequently includes injuries such as:

  • Amputation of toes, feet, or legs
  • Brain damage or traumatic brain injury
  • Broken or shattered arms and shoulders
  • Broken or shattered leg bones, ankles, feet
  • Broken or shattered neck and vertebrae
  • Broken or shattered pelvis and back
  • Broken or shattered ribs and chest cavity
  • Broken, dislocated, or shattered hips
  • Crushed or shattered skull and forehead
  • Death
  • Degloving injuries (skinning)
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Ruptured eyeballs, sockets, and sinuses
  • Shattered jaws, facial bones, and teeth
  • Torn heart, lungs, and other organs
  • Torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Torn or severed spinal cord
  • Or any combination of these injuries

Like we said; we hate this kind of accident.

At TriMark Legal Funding, we provide non-recourse pre-settlement funding and post-settlement funding to seriously injured plaintiffs throughout the United States, often in 24 hours or less.

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Take it from a crash test dummy: Riding in a car with your feet on the dashboard is ALWAYS a terrible idea.

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“Basically my whole right side was broken, and it’s simply because of my ignorance.” ~Audra Tatum

Feet on Dashboard Airbag Injury FAQ

❓ Q: Does TriMark offer legal funding on “feet on the dashboard” airbag injuries?

A: Yes, as long as:

✳️ You are represented by a contingent fee attorney
✳️ You live in a state where contributory and comparative negligence laws won’t be an issue, and
✳️ There is sufficient insurance coverage available

❓ Q: How long do feet on the dash injury lawsuits take to settle?

A: A long time. Years, in fact.

Like other personal injury lawsuits, you should achieve maximum medical improvement (MMI) before your attorney starts negotiating your compensation.

Only then will they have a clear idea of your total medical and recovery costs, lost wages, future medical expenses, and future earning capacity.

Due to the catastrophic nature of most feet on dashboard injuries, reaching MMI can require many surgeries and take several years or longer.

❓ Q: Why is contributory or comparative negligence so much bigger of a factor in feet on dashboard accidents than for lawsuit settlement funding on other personal injury cases?

A: Almost always in personal injury law, the plaintiff sues the defendant for injuries that were caused by the defendant’s negligence.

With a feet on dashboard airbag injury, however, the plaintiff is suing for injuries that were caused by their own negligence.

BIG difference.

Since September 1, 1998, every passenger vehicle sold in the US is required under federal law to have airbags on both sides of the front seat. Along with them come multiple warnings – in the owner’s manual, on the sun visors, and often on the dashboard itself; “Never place feet on dashboard” and “failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious bodily injury.”

From a legal perspective, drivers are responsible for enforcing those warnings with their passengers. In addition, those warnings are common knowledge to practically every person who has ever been in a passenger car, truck, or SUV. As such, to the extent that someone ignores the warning and gets hurt or killed as a result, they’re doing so out of their own negligence.

Negligence laws vary by state. In some states, if the injured party is found to have contributed even 1% fault for their injuries, the defendant’s insurance company doesn’t have to pay them a dime. Most states, however, use some variation of a percentage system for assigning liability.

All that is to say that insurance companies rely heavily on contributory and comparative negligence laws to mitigate their losses. They will argue that the plaintiff’s own negligence was the direct and proximate cause of their injuries. As such, they bear no liability and thus, should not have to pay anything for the injuries. This is an especially persuasive argument if other occupants, such as the driver, suffered only minor injuries from the accident.

More Resources About Feet on the Dashboard Accidents

Although airbags are designed to protect us, even when used properly, airbag injuries are not uncommon.

Over the last two decades, however, airbags have proven to be invaluable in preventing tens of thousands of deaths and serious or catastrophic injuries in high-speed collisions.

In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) “estimates that as of 2017, 50,457 lives have been saved by frontal airbags” and “in frontal crashes, front airbags reduce driver fatalities by 29 percent and fatalities of front-seat passengers age 13 and older by 32 percent.”

Airbags = Good, Feet on Airbags = BAD

So bottom line, airbags are good but during a car accident when someone’s feet are on the dashboard, an airbag deployment will create massive injuries, pain, and suffering where there otherwise wouldn’t be any.

Our blog has an ever-expanding trove of excellent articles where you can learn more.

Here are a few examples:

See All of Our Articles About Feet on the Dashboard Accident Injuries

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How Airbag Injury Lawsuit Loans Work

TriMark Legal Funding specializes in helping personal injury and car accident victims.
Our non-recourse legal funding is a simple 3-step process:

1. Apply for Funding

You can either apply online or call us toll-free at (877) 932-2628. We’ll answer all of your questions and gather some basic facts about your case.

2. Review & Approval

Our team will work directly with your attorney to review your case. Approvals can happen as quickly as 1 hour after receipt of all required information.

3. Receive Cash

A funding agreement is sent via DocuSign. After signed copies are returned, your cash is sent to you by wire transfer or FedEx Overnight.

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At a minimum, all you need to qualify is that you must:

  • Have received significant injuries
  • Be represented by a contingent-fee attorney
  • Have clear liability against a sufficiently-insured defendant

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Latest News About Feet on the Dashboard Accidents…

A woman has shared the horrific injuries she sustained in a car crash after her airbag didn't deploy. Anasa, from the U.K., uploaded a graphic video to TikTok where she showed off her injuries, including a swollen head and two black eyes. The 21-year-old added "warning, graphic content" to the images, as the montage of clips shows her black-and-blue face, with bloodshot eyes she can barely open. The video, shared on Tuesday, amassed nearly nine million views, as people were shocked at the extent of her bruising. After her video blew up on TikTok, the Brit shared a storytime, explaining the backstory to her injuries. She told followers: "In April last year I had a car accident, and my airbag didn't go off so my … Read more
One of the fastest slapshots in hockey was clocked at 175 km/h, at the 2020 AHL All-Star Weekend. Good thing then, that hockey players wear pads and helmets to protect themselves from such projectiles. Now, can you imagine getting hit by something clocking in at nearly twice that speed? Believe it or not, most airbags explode – or “deploy”, if you prefer – at a velocity of up to 322 km/h. Airbags are standard safety equipment in modern vehicles. They deploy in a split second to cushion your head and body in case of a collision. And they work as intended – provided you’re seated correctly. Putting your feet on the dashboard may be comfortable, but that won’t help an airbag protect your life – it may even endanger it. Safety equipment can’t be dangerous, can it? “Although airbags are part of the vehicle’s overall safety system, they deploy with… Read more
The Daily Mail reported a woman in Wales had her feet on the dashboard when the car she was riding in was involved in a motor vehicle crash. When the airbag deployed, she suffered the injuries seen in the x-ray (right). Her right femur was dislocated and protruding through the skin of her medial thigh. Her left femur was also broken. The police sergeant who released the photo called the injuries “horrific.” Other stories said authorities used the term “life changing.” In Ireland, a woman had her feet on the dashboard when the car her boyfriend was driving skidded and struck a wall. The airbag pushed her knees back which broke nearly every bone in her face and caused a cerebrospinal fluid leak. A few months after the injury, her infected frontal bone became infected and had to be removed resulting in the what you see. And wear your seat… Read more
Feet on Dashboard Accidents Here is an excellent reminder why it is ALWAYS a terrible idea to ride in a car, or allow anyone to ride in a car with you, with feet on the dash. Feet on dashboard accident injuries are ALWAYS horrific, ALWAYS life-changing, and ALWAYS end badly…even when everyone else in the accident walks away unscathed. An X-Ray shared by police in Wales in the U.K. tells the devastating story of what can happen to passengers who ride with their feet up on the dashboard in the event of a crash. The graphic image shows a broken femur and hip and a drastically dislocated other hip, likely caused by airbags going off during a collision, driving the passenger’s own legs back at her at speeds up to 350 km/h. Authorities call the injuries “life-changing.” So is the photo…… Read more
Whenever Audra Tatum, of Walker County, Georgia used to get into the passenger seat of a car, she'd immediately prop her feet up against the dashboard. "My husband would tell me, 'If we have a wreck, it's going to break your leg,'" Tatum told NewsChannel 9. "I dismissed him." But on a quick drive to her parents to pick up their two sons in 2015, another car T-boned Tatum and her husband. "When the airbag exploded, it pushed my foot up into my face," Tatum said. The force broke not only her ankle and femur, but also her nose and shoulder. This wasn't just a freak accident. According to a Facebook post by the Chattanooga Fire Department, airbags deploy between 100 and 220 mph. "If you ride with your feet on the dash and you're involved in an accident, the airbag may send your knees through your eye sockets," the… Read more
A woman is speaking out to warn others about the dangers of putting your feet up on the dashboard after she was left without a forehead for two years. Gráinne Kealy was just 22 when a car she was in skidded on some black ice and hit a wall; her feet were propped up on the dashboard, over the airbag, and were forced back into her face – breaking almost every bone in her face. Speaking about the crash, which took place on 16 December 2006, Gráinne said: "My boyfriend at the time was driving us through Borris-in-Ossory in County Laois to do a bit of Christmas shopping and I had my feet on the dashboard. It wasn't something I normally did, but I had new shoes on so I knew I wouldn't leave dirty marks on the dashboard. "My feet were on top of the airbag and, I know… Read more
After I started driving as a teen, and into my 20s, I had a horrible habit I didn’t even realize was dangerous. Whenever I was driving, I’d put my foot up on the seat so my knee was bent. It was a way for me to stretch out on my long commute to work, and felt so much better than just having my foot on the floor. The problem was that my knee was smack dab in front of the airbag. And if I was a passenger, my feet would always end up on the dashboard while I read, which is even worse. I never put two and two together until someone told me how dangerous this was. Because airbags deploy at between 100 and 220 miles per hour, if you’re in an accident, you could end up with broken legs — or worse. Last year Tennessee’s Chattanooga Fire Department… Read more
As soon as Audra Tatum would hop into the passenger seat of a car, the mother of three from Walker County, Georgia, would lean back and relax with her feet up on the dashboard. Her husband warned her about the dangerous habit, but Tatum didn't care — it was comfortable. "All my life I had my legs crossed and my foot on the dash," Tatum told CBS News. "My husband always told me, 'You're going to get in a wreck someday, and you're going to break your legs.'" Tatum assured him he was wrong. "I'll put my foot down in time," she would always reply. But two years ago, on August 2, 2015, Tatum's perspective changed completely. The couple was heading to her parents' house about 4 miles away to pick up her two sons when a car pulled in front of her husband and they T-boned him. Everyone was… Read more
We have all seen it before. You are cruising right down the road, and it immediately catches your attention. There is a female passenger in another vehicle with her feet up on the dash.  Imagine the horror if someone did this to your brand new vehicle! The nightmare came true for both Bob and Carol. They were running errands around town and Carol put her foot up on the glistening dash of Bob’s new SUV. Holding back his true thoughts, Bob politely says, “Honey, please get your foot off of my new dash.” Carol replies, “I am just admiring my new pedicure like you’ve been admiring your new SUV.” As the conversation heats up, Bob becomes distracted while making a left hand turn at a four-way intersection and fails to yield to an oncoming vehicle. Distracted as well, Carol still has her foot on the dash at the time of… Read more
When Susan Hayes, 29, skidded off the road into a drainage ditch in June, the air bag in her Mazda Miata slammed into her head and broke her neck. The 5-foot-2-inch Baltimore woman spent six weeks in a coma and eight weeks in intensive care. She says she was wearing a seat belt in the crash. "Without the air bag, I would have walked away," she said last week. Her 4-year-old son was belted in the front passenger seat — which did not have an air bag — and did walk away. While the risk that air bags pose to children has attracted national attention, that danger has overshadowed the fact that bags also can injure and kill adults, particularly short women. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned for some time that women, especially those over 70 who may be frail, are among the adults most at… Read more

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