Mississippi Natchez Trace Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway has become one to the South’s most popular spots for all types of recreation. In fact the Natchez Trace Parkway has become one of the top destinations for bicyclists because of the 100s of miles of beautiful scenery and the excellent condition of the asphalt. Bikers come from all over the World to enjoy this stretch of federal park land.
However, bikers should use extreme caution when riding on “The Trace.” The combination of the narrow roadway and the scenic views make for a dangerous and sometimes deadly combination. Often drivers of motorcycles, cars and RVs are not always looking where they are going, or are driving when fatigued or distracted by a cell phone. There have been several serious injuries and some deaths due to these factors along The Natchez Trace Parkway. Natchez trace is narrow, offers no bike lane and people on “The Trace” are not always using good judgment and occasionally hit these bikers.
If you are in Mississippi and you are riding on Mississippi roads, by law, you have the right of way, and new laws have been passed in our state giving bikes a three-foot cushion. However, you should use extra caution as some drivers do not understand that. Many of the accidents involving bicyclists are a result of bad judgment used by drivers.
Pedestrians also have the right of way while hiking or walking “The Trace.” Many people are hurt, severely injured or even killed while enjoying the park. Although people are encouraged to stay within the hiking trails away from the roadway, many people will stop to walk certain parts of the roadway especially around areas near the reservoir.
It is advised that all bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists use extreme caution when enjoying The Natchez Trace Parkway. It is also advised that you wear all the necessary protective equipment such as helmets, eye wear, and padding. To make yourself more visible at a greater distance, you should also wear bright colored and reflective jackets to increase your visibility.