A CAR accident forced Colac’s Buckley Greenfield to change careers as well as recover from his injuries.
Another car hit the 27-year-old’s car head-on on the Anglesea-Bellbrae Road near Lorne in January 2010.
“The driver going the other way fell asleep and went through the corner,” Mr Greenfield said.
He suffered a fractured wrist, dislocated left shoulder, shattered knee cap, and a lisfranc fracture to his foot as well as multiple cuts.
Mr Greenfield said a lisfranc fracture involved multiple breaks and dislocations in his foot.
He had surgery and spent a week and a half in hospital, and six months in plaster.
“They removed most of my kneecap, and put wires in my foot,” Mr Greenfield said.
“I’ve probably got a knee-cap the size of a ten-cent-piece,” he said.
Mr Greenfield had a landscape business at Lorne, and was a keen surfer and competitive motocross rider before the accident.
“I was competing at state level for a couple of years, it’s now out the window,” he said.
Mr Greenfield had 15 months off work, then started to look for a job that he could do with his injuries.
He decided to be a mechanic and is doing an apprenticeship, but it took him a while to get used to eight-hour days at work.
“I was pretty knackered after the first month,” he said.
“I’m standing up, still alive, that’s the main thing.
“It could have been a lot worse.”
Mr Greenfield said he had started to feel confident in his body, more than two years after the accident.
“You still have hesitations in what you do, still double-think things,” he said.
But Mr Greenfield hasn’t given up on getting back on a surf board.
“No I’m not going to take it lying down,” he said.
“Definitely I want to be as good as I can be.”
TAC road safety manager Samantha Cockfield said about 5500 Victorians had serious injuries in collisions each year.
“That’s about 15 people a day who are seriously injured and in some cases, they are catastrophically injured,” she said.
“While we tend to focus on the road toll figure as an indication of our success in road safety, we cannot forget the pain and suffering those who are seriously injured go through each day.”