12th August 2017
It coincides with National Road Victims Month this August.
Margaret was driving home along the A533 Davenham Bypass, when she was hit head on by a drunk lorry driver on the wrong side of the carriageway.
The offender, Stanislaw Michalski, 53, has since been convicted and jailed.
Six weeks on, the 50 year old who was left unable to walk has been opening up about her recovery and the impact the crash has had on her life and family.
It coincides with National Road Victims Month, which Cheshire Police is supporting to recognise the more than 400 lives torn apart by a collision on the road.
Margaret said, “On the night of the collision I was just driving home as normal, my life was great and I’d recently achieved my ambition having started my dream job as a tram driver in Manchester – little did I know that my whole life was about the change forever.
“I still get flashbacks to the night of the crash. I was driving on the bypass, then suddenly as I went around the bend the headlights of the HGV were shining in my face and my car bonnet was abruptly crumpled in in front of me. I knew instantly that my legs were crushed.
“I just felt trapped, there was nothing I could do – I’m so grateful for the people who stopped at the scene, called the emergency services and then supported me. I’ve also got to say a huge thanks to all of the emergency services – Police, Fire, Ambulance – and the fantastic trauma team at the Royal Stoke Hospital who rebuilt my legs and looked after me so well.
“Following the crash I spent over a month in hospital, first the Royal Stoke, then Leighton before moving to Elmhurt Recovery Centre in Winsford.
“Now, six weeks on, I’ve finally been able to return home, although I am still in extreme pain. I’m currently learning to walk again; meaning that I’m relying on support from my friends and family.
“The impact of the crash on my life has been huge. All the stress and expense he has caused my family – I would liken it to throwing a pebble into a pool; it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and impacting on my whole family.
“One of the biggest areas affected is my finances, since the crash my income has been drastically reduced, yet I still have to pay my mortgage and all of my other bills.
“The crash has also affected so many other things, it happened on my daughter’s birthday, meaning the day was totally ruined for everyone.
“I feel like I’ve abandoned my teenage son and left him to fend for himself. He’s only just started his first job and I should be there to support him – but instead he’s the one supporting me, I just feel useless.
“It’s also the simple things, I can no longer look after my grandson, go out for a quick walk with the dog or go out for a ride on my motorbike. I’ve also lost my car, which was a total write-off, and I honestly don’t know whether I’ll ever be able to face driving again.
“Despite everything that I have been through, and whilst I don’t yet know what the long term effects of the collision will be, I’m determined not to let Stanislaw ruin my life, which is why I will do everything I can to return to work and get my life back to normality.”