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The Human Impact of Injuries

“Statistics are people with the tears wiped away”
Dr. Irving Selikoff, public health clinician

Micaela, Chelsea, Julie, Bridget, Ken, Antonio, Daniela, Josh, Joel, Hilary, Simon, Pariyada, Anthony, David, Guido, Sarah, Angela, Dita, Anariá, Scott, Victor.

What is the true impact of road trauma.  Thanks to TAC and Vital Strategies we are able to share their stories.  Stories of a life with brain injury, quadriplegia, spinal injury and limb fractures.  Stories of a loved one lost.  Stories that began with a preventable hit pedestrian crash, run-off road crash, head-on crash, intersection crash, bicycle or motorcycle crash.  Stories of courage and despair.  Real stories of human impact – and our need to apply the Vaccines for Roads and the other safe system actions that will prevent crashes and needless suffering.

Stop. Think. Cry. Act.

We need to wake up to the reality of road trauma.

Explore the human impact of:

Severe Brain Injury


“There are so many hard days” Micaela has had to choose a different path for her life after a run-off road crash into a tree.


“For the first month they weren’t sure if she’d survive” Chelsea was 5 year’s old when she was hit by a 4WD and left with a severe brain injury.  Chelsea’s Mum Susie immediately finished working to care for Chelsea and is always proud of her progress.

Limb Fractures


“I don’t mind if I can’t move it that well I just want to keep my leg”.  Julie was in an induced coma for eight days after her head-on crash left her trapped in the vehicle.  “Every part of my limb has been rebuilt”


“…who is going to take care of my family? My children need me. How will I go to work?” Bridget was run over trying to cross the road as a pedestrian.


“Why did it happen to me?”  Ken considered self-harm after being struck by a car while on his bicycle crash on a rural road.  With help, he is positive and things are working again.

Quadriplegia and Paraplegia


“It affects me by obviously not being able to walk…” Antonio was injured in a car crash on the way to work.  “I can’t walk but at the end of the day I’m going to go out there and give life a crack”.


“The car crash could have been avoided” Daniela is now a quadriplegic after an intersection crash where a driver ran a red light and hit her car.  “I would prefer not to be in this place, as an example for others.”


“I dislocated my neck and became a C6/C7 quadriplegic” Josh was heading to the coast and the car he was in lost control and rolled down a 20-foot embankment.  “Being in a wheelchair is not going to hold me back”.


“There’s certainly times when I’ve been depressed” Joel has learnt to live with his injuries after he was struck down as a pedestrian and is now in a wheelchair. “My future is complex”.


“Each person…is an individual that has a history before an accident and a life after an accident and that it can be huge a struggle to piece themselves back together” Hilary broke her wrist, rib and her neck and is now a C7 quadriplegic after hitting loose gravel and rolling her car.

Head and Brain Injury


“He had to relearn to speak…not walking for about a year” Simon had a closed head injury at age 8 when Simon’s Mum Ros was doing a right hand turn at an intersection and didn’t see the car coming straight through.


“I was hit on a zebra crossing” Pariyada wanted to be a vet prior to being hit at the crossing on a high-speed road.

Spinal Injury


“on the Great Barrier Reef, I did some snorkelling…you’ve got a life and you need to live it to the full” Anthony was 6 years old when he was crossing the road and hit by a car.  He has the challenge of only having movement of his head and breathing through a ventilator.


“I’ve been a claimant of TAC for 10 years and one month” David was going for a ride on a nice sunny day and was hit by a car, rolled down the bonnet and the car ran him over.  With a broken back, 11 broken ribs, broken wrist, collar-bone and jaw it “was quite a big impact”.


“Not sure what the next 6 months look like” Guido hopes by next summer he can be back to doing what he did before a rear-end crash on the way home from work.



“It really hit me hard”  Sarah had her right leg amputated after a motorcycle crash.  She is now a wheelchair tennis champion.

Other Injuries


“I remember singing to the music in the car – ♫ It’s a kind of magic ♫” Angela woke up in the hospital unable to speak after a run-off road crash.  “I knew I had to overcome the pain”


“My helmet came off and the back of my neck hit the pavement” Dita has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) after her motorcycle crash at an intersection. Dita has severe pain 24 hours a day.

Lives Lost


“I lost my dreams. I lost my 50 years of happy marriage. I lost my happiness” Savio’s wife of one year was killed by a drunk driver.


“He could make anyone smile no matter what you were going through”  Danielle talks about her big brother Scott who was killed in a road crash and the hurt it continues to cause her and her family.  “You don’t get over it you just learn to live with the grief every day”.


“She sentenced the whole family to life imprisonment of pain” Nilton’s nephew Victor was 23 when he was walking along a sidewalk and killed by a speeding driver.

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