Our community enjoys easy access to some of the most beautiful trails in all of America. Many Northwest Arkansans take advantage of the many benefits of biking to work, shops and restaurants – or simply taking in a beautiful day on two wheels while getting some exercise.
Bicycling is one of the healthiest and efficient modes of transportation, but it is not without risks of personal injury. Even with trails as fantastic as ours, there are times when cyclists must leave the safety of the trail to access their destination points. This unfortunately requires riding in areas with vehicle traffic, which can and does lead to accidents.
One of the most common causes of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. Drivers fail to recognize the danger of ‘sharing the road’ with cyclists. While drivers and passengers of cars and trucks are protected by metal and glass, bicycles offer little protection by comparison.
In other cases, roads are not designed with bikes in mind. Road construction can also lead to further confusion as to which area of the road is designated for vehicles and which is intended for cyclists. Road signs are often misplaced or can’t be seen due to overgrown grass and shrubs.
Cyclists have the right to safely access our streets. If you have been injured while riding a bicycle through no fault of your own, it’s important to contact an experienced injury attorney immediately following the accident. Evidence needs to be preserved to ensure your claim covers all expenses incurred from your injury. Call the law offices of Elliott and Smith at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).