There have been more than 20 freak accidents in Australia this year alone.
Leanne and her partner Warren have had first hand experience when a one-and-a-half-tonne ute crashed into their bedroom.
The accident occurred just past midnight when Leanne was in bed, the ute smashed into her bedroom and came to a stop right on the edge of her doona.More stories from Today Tonight
Warren recalls Leanne on her knees screaming when the ute hit her bed.
"That's when I told the driver to take his foot off the accelerator and that's when he started reversing out," Warren said.
Fortunately both Leanne and the driver escaped injury, but Leanne says memories of the accident flood back every time she hears the screeching of tyres.
"The accident scared me because you wonder if you'll be as lucky the next time, hopefully it doesn't happen again," Leanne said.
Motoring expert John Cadogan says the spate of accidents should prompt authorities to use more crash barriers such as bollards to prevent serious injury in freak car accidents.
"Your average car weighs one-and-a-half-tonne and when that goes off the rails it's only a matter of time before someone gets badly injured or killed," Mr Cadogan said.
He says crash barriers should be placed around al fresco dining.
"Thousands of people are sitting down at cafes now within inches of the traffic," he said.
According to Dr Mark King from the Queensland University of Technology new advances in car safety systems can help detect trouble ahead and automatically apply brakes, which could prevent some of the tragedies in freak car accidents.
"You can envisage a situation where if a vehicle is travelling at a certain speed and goes off what is considered to be a normal road surface, the automatic intervention will ensure the vehicle breaks in time," Dr King said.
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