In February 2011, James Lightfoot was abruptly read-ended atop the Mathews Bridge. As a result of the collision, Lightfoot suffered permanent injuries to his neck and back, and would forever be plagued by excruciating pain due to the negligence of the driver who hit him. The injuries Lightfoot sustained required him to undergo a cervical fusion surgery in addition to recommendations that he would eventually need another cervical fusion surgery, a spinal cord stimulator, and pain management treatment for the remainder of his life, consisting of injections and radiofrequency ablations. Doctors also prescribed Lightfoot an electric wheelchair to assist him, especially for long distances.
Despite the other driver rear-ending Lightfoot, she still denied all liability for the collision. So, with mounting medical costs and nowhere to turn, Lightfoot knew he needed help.