SHE still shudders in fear when she thinks about it. It is three years on and she continues to jump at every unexpected move on the road.
But 20-year-old Sharna McIntosh is one of the lucky ones.
In 2008 while driving to Brisbane with her boyfriend she gained a new respect for the dangers of driving.
After he failed to shoulder check on the highway, her boyfriend veered into a neighbouring truck before swerving off the road.
"The car rolled about six times. It lasted only a few seconds but it felt like it was never going to stop," Ms McIntosh says.
The two climbed out of the smashed vehicle in a daze.
Ms McIntosh said the truck driver told them he was surprised to see them alive let alone walking away.
Unfortunately, Ms McIntosh's story seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, each in year in Queensland 100 fatalities occur as a result of an accident involving a young driver.
More than 2000 young drivers are involved in crashes which involve someone being seriously injured.
The over representation of young drivers is of great concern to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland.
The centre is responsible for much research that goes into government road safety policy.
One such research project found there were several major factors behind young drivers being in a higher risk category, including inexperience, overconfidence, deliberate risk-taking behaviour and less developed perceptual skills.
New learner and provisional licensing laws, such as 100 logbook hours on learners and peer restrictions on provisional, were introduced in July 2007 to help fix some of these problems
CARRS PhD candidate Bridie Scott-Parker said she decided to concentrate her research on road safety because it was something concerning everybody.
"Whether they're a pedestrian or a driver or a cyclist it's something that applies to everyone," she said.
Ms Scott-Parker said despite only a slight decrease in the number of young drivers involved in accidents since the new licensing laws, they were still a step in the right direction.
"Driving isn't just about being able to operate a vehicle. A lot of it is hazard perception, being able to see ahead and identify risks," she says.
"That's something that develops over time."
She said parents played a key role in developing safe driving behaviour, not only as teachers but as role models.
"The majority of the 100 hours is done by mum or dad so we need to be able to communicate with them what sorts of things that their children need to learn," she says.
Many local schools participate in the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program.
Burnside High School principal Kerri Dunn said he had not lost one student to a road incident since getting involved with road safety programs.
Ms McIntosh hopes people can learn from past mistakes so no one goes through what she did.
"Maybe if there was more training in driver awareness he wouldn't have made an error in judgement," she said.
"Hopefully in the future young deaths in cars will not be a part of everyday news."
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