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Event Held to Support Victim of Spinal Cord Injury

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Cyclists in the Bay Area are well aware of the dangers of sharing the roads with cars and trucks. Although cyclists legally share the roadways with vehicles, accidents at the hands of a reckless or negligent driver are fairly common. These accidents can result in serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, that can be life changing and leave a person with a permanent disability.

An event was recently held to support the victim of one such car accident. The victim was a 39-year-old triathlete and mother of two. She suffered a serious spinal cord injury when an elderly driver struck her from behind with her pickup truck.

More than 400 cyclists showed up to the event. The cyclists sported bright orange t-shirts with the phrase "Can You See Me Now?" on the back. Organizers hope to send a message to drivers, asking them to watch out for cyclists and use more caution on the roadways. It's hoped the event will raise awareness so that such accidents can be prevented in the future.

The 20-mile bike ride raised money to help pay the medical expenses of the victim. She has no health insurance and was recently laid off from her job. She has already undergone surgery for her injuries and is facing months of difficult rehabilitation. The victim has regained some feeling in her legs and can slightly move her toes. However, due to the severity of her injuries, doctors won't have an actual prognosis for at least another month. The victim was training for her second Ironman triathlon when the accident occurred.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help people who have suffered similar injuries recover compensation from the responsible parties.

Source:, "Injured cyclist's allies to drivers: pay attention," Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, Oct. 29, 2012