IMPACT: Every day Dean Crawford feels the effects of a traffic crash in February. He is calling on motorists to be safe on the roads over the Easter long weekend.
IMPACT: Every day Dean Crawford feels the effects of a traffic crash in February. He is calling on motorists to be safe on the roads over the Easter long weekend. Rob Williams

Dad feels impact of lucky escape every day

DEAN Crawford has a reminder of the impact of a careless driver every night when he tries to get to sleep.

The Bellbird Park father left for work ten minutes earlier than usual to get a head-start on an important job on an otherwise regular February morning.

As he drove through a set of traffic lights, the 29-year-old was struck by another driver who came through a red light, with the front corners of the vehicles colliding.

Mr Crawford knows a few split-seconds either way and he might not be around to tell his story.

He suffered injuries to his neck, back, ribs, elbow and shattered his two front teeth.

By the time the adrenaline wore off, he couldn't move and spent the next three weeks off work at home.

The pain still persists in his neck, shoulders and chest and doctors have been unable to find a solution.

 

"I can just be sitting there and can't breath because a joint in my neck moves out of joint and I'll start stressing out," he said.

"It's very hard getting to sleep, I have to keep rolling over (to get relief). Something is out of joint but they haven't been able to pin point it.

"The last specialist I went to told me the only way we can found what it is is to cut me open. The risk versus reward isn't there."

With a busy period on the roads ahead this weekend during Easter, Mr Crawford urged people to take care and look out for one another.

Already this year, 55 people have been killed on Queensland roads.

"If you're not doing the right thing you're not doing right by yourself or other people," he said.

"My bub was 10-months-old when this accident happened and it could have been a totally different scenario.

"I don't know how my wife would have coped."

He has been fortunate his work has been able to find the welder a new position to accommodate him.

"If they didn't have a job for me, (I didn't know) where I'd go and how I'd support my family because that's the only job I know," he said.

"I'm hoping the injury stays like it is and doesn't get worse. If it did it's going to be hard."



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