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Coming back from an auto-bicycle collision

Any type of auto accident can end badly, with not only severe damages to your vehicle, but catastrophic injuries or death. This is not news to anyone. But those injuries can be even more severe if it is an auto-pedestrian or auto-bicycle accident. A pedestrian or bicycle rider are much less protected than a driver or passenger in an automotive vehicle.

When a person suffers severe injury, the recovery can be lengthy and costly — not only monetarily — but to the person’s livelihood. Their hopes and dreams can be shattered in one quick moment. A story about a San Antonio, Texas, triathlete shows an inspiring recovery from such an accident.

In 2012, a woman was on her bicycle preparing for an upcoming triathlon when she was struck by a truck. She was riding on the access road beside Interstate 10. When the truck hit her, she was thrown 30 feet, leaving her in a partially paralyzed state.

This story, although still a work in progress, has turned out to be an inspiring story because this triathlete didn’t accept the fate of giving up her dreams. Three years later, after constant therapy and medical treatment, she has progressed from being paralyzed from her waist down to training again for her next triathlon.

But it didn’t happen overnight. It took lots of hours of therapy and work. She underwent surgery to insert a spinal stimulator, and hours of physical therapy before progressing to leg braces and now to a customized bike.

This woman’s progress, no doubt, would not have happened without her "never give up attitude," but it also takes money for this type of ongoing medical treatment. Those who suffer accidents like this and have no insurance or money seldom have the opportunity to have such an inspiring comeback.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, and the accident was caused by someone else, such as a negligent driver, the "at-fault" party may have the insurance or coverage you need to pay for your medical costs. If you are unsure how to go about checking on this, you may talk to a personal injury attorney to see how they can help you.

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