If you need a reminder not to put your legs on the dashboard as a passenger in a car, maybe Audra Tatum’s story will set you straight.

In August 2015, Tatum was sitting in the passenger seat of her husband’s car with her feet up on the dashboard despite being warned that this was a dangerous thing to do. However, in the interest of “comfort,” she ignored the warnings and continued in her ways.

“All my life I had my legs crossed and my foot on the dash,” Tatum told CBS News, who also said she would be able to “put her foot down in time” when her husband cautioning her that she could break her legs in a wreck someday.

That was precisely what happened two years ago, when Tatum and her husband when they were on their way to pick up their children. A vehicle suddenly pulled in front of them, resulting in a T-bone accident that caused the airbags to deploy on both cars.

Those involved in the accident were able to walk away with scrapes and bruises, except for Tatum. “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,” Tatum recalled.

Airbags deploy at an incredibly fast rate, and the force generated threw Tatum’s foot up into her face, shattering her nose, ankle, and four parts of her femur. According to doctors, if the mother of three had kept both her feet on the floor at the time of the crash, these injuries could have been mitigated.

“Basically, my whole right side was broken, and it’s simply because of my ignorance. I’m not Superman. I couldn’t put my foot down in time,” said Tatum, who had to endure several surgeries and weeks of physical therapy before even being able to walk again.

If there wasn’t an airbag at all, Tatum predicts her injuries could have been even worse. “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,” she explained.

Let this be a lesson to everyone to ensure they are seated properly in a car, and not to be ignorant when it comes to safety. “I keep telling everybody, you don’t want this life,” she said. “You don’t want the pain and agony every day. If I can save one person from doing this and they’re not going through it, that would be wonderful,” Tatum said.