'It would have been a head-on had I not gone off road'
AS THOUSANDS of people get ready to take to the roads over the Easter long weekend, an Ipswich mum is pleading with people to take the risks of driving seriously.
Cassandra Worn is still recovering from a serious crash that fractured her neck and put the life of her son Beau at risk.
She was travelling along the Cunningham Hwy on January 22 when another driver travelling in the opposite direction allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.
The other car crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into the driver's side of Cassandra's car at 100km/h.
"It happened very quickly," Cassandra said.
"It was quarter to five (in the morning), so it was still dark.
"I instinctively swerved, according to pictures. I didn't know I'd really reacted until after the event.
"It would have been head-on had I not gone off the road."
Cassandra blacked out immediately after the car was hit and woke to the yells of her son Beau sitting in the back seat.
She said Beau, who will turn three next month, still has nightmares as a result of the crash.
She urged all parents to secure their children properly in the car. Beau received only bruising in the crash thanks to being strapped securely into his car seat.
Cassandra was not as lucky. She spent seven weeks in a neck brace thanks to a fractured vertebra and also received a minor collapsed lung, ligament sprain to her ankle and continuing issues with her knee.
"For seven hours I was completely bedridden," she said.
"I've just gotten the neck brace off in the last two weeks."
The occupants of the other vehicle were also injured.
Cassandra said it was important not to forgo sleep to get somewhere earlier.
The crash has had a long-term impact on her ability to work. She has only recently returned to work on light duties and won't know for several weeks whether she has the all-clear to go back to work full time.
Fatigue is one of the 'fatal five' causes of crashes on Queensland roads and among the actions that are targeted by Queensland Police Service during major holidays such as the Easter long weekend.