Activist Wayne Evans Survives Crash on Road He Fought to Improve
Evans is well-known in his Australian community for both his environmental activism and his efforts to fix the Pacific Highway, which is renowned as one of the most dangerous roads in the country. He and his wife were traveling on the road on November 13 when they were both critically injured after their vehicle was hit by an oncoming car.
"I've got to say I got off easily because I have no recollection of all of that pain and all of that suffering," he told the news source. "To be perfectly honest, this has been a real eye-opener for me. Every day is a golden day."
Evans suffered a broken right hip, a punctured lung, rib fractures, massive head injuries and an arterial clot. He reportedly woke up a full week after the accident with no memory of the crash.
"I feel that my recovery will be okay," he told the media outlet. "You have to be positive. I asked the doctors about my hip operation and they said it was successful."
Evans' accident only reinforced his efforts to lobby for improvements to the Pacific Highway, particularly for the road to be remade with median safety dividers.
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 1.5 million Americans were injured in car crashes in the United States in 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
People coping with the aftermath of a car crash can contact the Crash Survivors Network for information, resources and support.