Low speed crash shows importance of taking care

KAITLAN Barnham was driving along Glenlyon Rd when her airbag hit her in the face at the Breslin St intersection.

The 20-year-old property management assistant was on lunch break in October when the passenger side of her Holden Cruze was hit by another car.

"The airbags came out before I even realised I was in an accident," she said.

"I couldn't see anything, but I could hear the two girls in the other car and they were upset."

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She had a green light and the other car was turning right into Derby St.

The other car had to wait for her to go through the intersection because she was turning across a lane of traffic.

"She just didn't see me coming and then we collided," Ms Barnham said.

"My car swung out away from them and then I saw everyone from other cars running out to help.

"They were really shaken up because they didn't have airbags. They couldn't really speak.

"I was shaken up too, but more concerned about them.

"My boss's wife was driving past and sat with me for a little while."

Police and ambulance arrived and Ms Barnham was the first person taken to hospital.

"I didn't want to go into the hospital, but my parents and the paramedics made me," she said.

"I felt bad because they put me on high priority, but I was only in there for 10 minutes."

Ms Barnham had the next day off work to sort out car insurance.

"Both cars were written off," she said. "I have a Hyundai i30 now and it definitely has airbags."

Ms Barnham's crash on a 60kmh road was not uncommon. In fact, half of all serious road crashes occur in 60kmh zones.

One of the key messages in the Queensland Road Safety Week is that most crashes are caused by ordinary people making simple mistakes.



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