Alive but doing it tough
WHILE road statistics put a necessary emphasis on driving deaths, the life of crash survivors is too often forgotten.
Gympie crash survivor John Prescott has spent the past two years recovering from 13 broken bones he suffered when a four-wheel-drive crashed into his Daihatsu Cuore, but he counts every day as a "blessing."
The crash happened on May 13, 2011 when Mr Prescott, who was then in his early 60s, was driving a diversion route along Gympie-Woolooga Rd on his way to work as a telemarketer for Queensland Rural Fire Brigade after the Bruce Hwy was blocked due to an earlier incident.
The driver of a Toyota Hilux crashed his four-wheel-drive into the driver's side of Mr Prescott's car.
The bullbar of the Hilux struck Mr Prescott's head, leaving a deep bloody gash.
A large scar on the left side of his forehead is a visible reminder of the accident, but Mr Prescott is still fighting a lack of concentration.
Unable to get back to the job he enjoyed, Mr Prescott still feels the impacts of a smashed left wrist, smashed right knee and two broken shoulders.
He said while surgeons fixed his knee as best they could, it still gives him trouble.
He also suffered eight torn tendons, four broken ribs and a punctured lung.
However, while Mr Prescott maintains the driver of the Hilux, who Mr Prescott said told him he was driving at 70kmh at the time of the crash, "should have had more sense", he's still thinking positively about his situation.
With the help of rehabilitation and his 35-year-old son, he said he was working hard to get his life "back on track," especially for his 10-year-old daughter.
"She said to me 'If you would have died daddy, I would have died too'," Mr Prescott recalled his young daughter as saying.
A new "toy" in the form of a super-modified Subaru WRX is now Mr Prescott's drive of choice.
However he admits he gets "scared" while driving these days.