Yesterday was my first cycling accident. If anybody has any suggestions on what to do, please let me know. It went something like this.
It was 6:45 PM, still light out. Despite being light, I still ride with all my lights on. 3 rear and 1 front. I also wear a helmet.
I had just started my ride in the city of Orange. I was going through a traffic circle. The SUV that hit me was behind me when entering the roundabout at the yield. I proceeded into the roundabout, the car then passed me on the right, cut immediately in front of me and stopped for the traffic. When she cut in front of me and stopped, I had no time to even react and slammed into the left rear of her SUV. The girl was 18 and had no idea what was going on. I was able to eventually get her to pull over, but she refused to give me any insurance information because her dad was a police officer. I called the police. Long story short, she let the officer know her dad was a police officer. The police told me I should not be riding a bike in the street, to which I replied that the law states I have to. Their response was that it depends, and it did not get better from there when I pulled out my little booklet with all of the laws relating to cyclists. They filled out an accident report but would not fill out a police report. When leaving the officer took the girl aside and told her to have the girls dad call him and he will tell him whatever he wants him to.
What do I do?
I talked to a couple lawyers, but I refused medical treatment, and they all are into bicyclist cases with personal injury.