There are few injuries as catastrophic and life changing as a spinal cord injury. These injuries completely alter a victim’s entire life, requiring major modifications in order to perform even simple activities. Since getting out of bed in the morning, making dinner, and even showering often seem like daunting tasks, getting back on your motorcycle after a serious spinal cord injury seems downright impossible.
Yet for a Walworth, New York man, getting a chance to ride his motorcycle again is becoming a reality, thanks to a neighbor. Vaughn Pemroke had just one dream before his catastrophic motorcycle accident—to ride across country on his motorcycle. In 2010, however, all that changed when he was severely injured in a dust storm accident in Utah. The crash left him with a T-4 spinal cord injury which paralyzed Pemroke from the chest down. Luckily, he was still able to use his hands and arms, which is a huge blessing for a paralyzed individual.
Even after his motorcycle accident, his dream to ride across the country never left him, so he purchased a specially-equipped motorcycle in the hopes of riding again. Yet one hurdle remained that he could not work around. It was impossible for him to get on board his motorcycle and stay sitting without the use of his legs and abdomen—and that’s where his friend and neighbor Gregory Hartman stepped in.
Hartman made a frame with an electric tongue jack from a camping trailer that would hoist the wheelchair up and over the bike before locking the wheelchair in place. This ingenious invention gave Pembroke back his freedom and his ability to ride his motorcycle again—something he never thought would happen. Now, the two aim to help other paralyzed individuals ride again.
At Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, we love stories that show how passionate motorcyclists are about riding. These inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles in order to ride again serve as a reminder to us all that you can never break a motorcyclist’s spirit. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney immediately. We fight aggressively for all of our clients to ensure that they receive the compensation they need to fully recover and pay for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and more. Call the motorcycle accident lawyer at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys today at 1-800-4-BIKERS. We Ride—We Care—We Win!
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