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What you’ll see is not good: About 30 to 50% of the news headlines each day that have “wheelchair” in the title usually involve some kind of vehicle-wheelchair accident; a wheelchair-user dodges out into traffic without looking in the middle of the night, a wheelchair-user is where they should be they’re still not seen (again, nighttime) and they get hit, a wheelchair-user tries to drive his wheelchair on a freeway and gets hit and killed. You get the idea…

Wheelchairs and cars, wheelchairs and trucks, vans and semis; well none of them just don’t mix. At least when it comes to sharing the road. Sometimes it’s the driver’s fault – they don’t see us, they’re ridiculously drunk and hit us despite the blinking lights and reflective tape and everything else we’ve put on our chairs to prevent