I am a newby but had a question about bicyclists getting by cars in crosswalks.
Yesterday around noon my son (16yo) and his friends were riding thier bikes westbound down the sidewalk of a pretty busy street. the westbound side of the street was blocked off due to flooding so they were going westbound down the eastbound side sidewalks. The intersetion they crossed only had a stop sign for the cars crossing it from the southside the street that the kids were riding on had no stop. There was a car stopped at the stop sign looking to the left as the 1st kid rode past her. He made it through, my son followed shortly there after and she didnt see him and tried to shoot out into traffic hitting my son directly in the middle of her car. Funny thing is that there was a police officer that was blocking traffic that basically saw the whole thing and was there in seconds as he was no more than 50 feet away. the woman did get out to assist my son and see how he was. He was obviosly freaked out and such but didnt seem to be in too bad of shape except bruises and such (he didnt hit his head) the officer asked if he wanted an ambulance he said no and also said he just wanted to go home. so the officer let him. Keep in mind he is 16 and a minor. he would report an incident at the station and his parents (me) could get a report there. The bike was totally unridable and both wheels damaged along with the frame. When he got home we decided after hearing what happened to take him to the Emergency room, luckily he was not in too bad of shape. Deep tissue contusions and back strain. So we got lucky that he seems to be ok so far.
I call the police this morning to get a police report and find out that there was not one done. The dispatcher that answeres the non emergency number looked up my sons name and said that since he refused an ambulance and didnt want a police report nothing was filed. I asked what should i do next, he stated that I should contact my insurance and let them decide.
I didnt realize a Minor can be released like that and based on his word, a person can get off totally on hitting him with a car and leave the parents holding the whole bag.
Any advice anyone out there can give would be greatly appreciated.