I was on my way to work on Friday morning and I was stopped at an intersection waiting for green. I was in the right turn only bay which the bike lane merges to, it is clearly maked before the intersection that both cars and cyclist must form a single file. Since I was going straight I was stopped waiting for the green, now for some reason I don't why something made turn around. To my surprise I see this car literally an inch off my back tire, I look at him said you're too close and inched forward, the car then inches forward and I said again you're too close and inch forward again and the car inches forward again. It seems to me the guy was trying to intimidate me. So I just turned around and waited for the green light. The light turns green, so I pedal away and next thing you know I hear and feel a crunch, somehow I ended up on my feet, which probably saved me from serious injuries.
Thankfully the driver stopped and there was a witness. So I dialed 911, I ask for police to come at first they didn't want to send one as the driver stopped and stayed at the scene and didn't need an ambulance, but I insisted. So the police arrives and takes our info and stories down, he asked for the driver's side first. So after he gives us each a copy the police report he said we could go on our way and goes back to his cruiser. I'm surprised he didn't ask if I needed a ride somewhere, my bike was un-rideable and that he didn't issue a ticket to the driver. The driver who hit me actually offered me a ride which I declined.
Just before the officer left I tapped on the window of his cruiser to ask him a question, he comes out. I ask him if I was right in stopping in the middle of the right turn bay rather then stay by the curb, he said yes I am and said that cycling where I live dangerous and that I should be more careful. I though to myself how much more safe can I be, I was on a bicycle lane. I told him that I thought the driver was trying to intimidate me, he said no and that guy was impatient. He said look the driver was very apologetic and that I was lucky he stopped as most people just take off. In my mind I was incredulous.
At the time of the accident I felt like wasn't injured, I was shaking and had a hard time trying to dial 911. I called my wife to pick me up and my work to tell them would be late. After dropping off my bike at home, I drove to work, during the drive I started to feel my neck stiffen up and felt some pain between the shoulder blades. So I make it to work and my co-workers ask what happened and how I was feeling, so I told the story and said that my neck was stiffening up, they suggested I go see a doctor. After an hour I told my manager that I needed to go the clinic. The doctor examined me and told me to take some Advil and gave a prescription of a muscle relaxant.
The next day my body started to feel worse, I now have pain in my lower back, left shoulder and left knee. I called the insurance company and said that I was injured but I was suggested to call a lawyer now. So I will see what happens from here on out.
Oh one other thing I was wearing a heart rate monitor during my ride, just before the accident my BPM was around 155, at the time of the accident it shot up to 190.