BicyclistAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 500,000 cyclists went to the emergency room over injuries sustained in a bicycle accident in 2013. If you ever find yourself the victim of a bicycle accident, here’s what you need to know about filing a legal claim:

1. Call the police right away – The best thing to do is to call the police from the scene. Wait for them to arrive, then tell your side of the story. This is important even if you do not think you are injured. The details you give at the scene will be freshest, and can help you make your case in your legal claim. If you have already left the scene, write down everything you remember about the accident in as much detail as possible. Your attorney can still use this information to put a claim together.

2. Leave your bicycle as-is – It’s natural to want to fix your bike after an accident, but it is important to leave the bicycle in its damaged state. Your bike is now important evidence, as are any cycling gear or bloody clothes. Take photographs.

3. Call an attorney – It’s critical to find a lawyer who has experience with car-bicycle collisions and who can represent your best interests. Find a lawyer as soon after the incident as possible to press forward with your legal claim.

If you were injured in a bicycle-car accident, we at I.S. Law Firm are here to talk with you about your legal claim, your options, and your outcomes. Schedule a free consultation now to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your bicycle accident claim. Call us at +1-703-527-1779 or email [email protected] to set up your free consultation today.