Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Bikes: 2015 Trek Emonda SLR, 2002 Litespeed Classic, 2005 Bianchi Pista, 2016 Devinci Hatchet, Some BikesDirect MTB I never ride.
Do you use a tail light? I find that these actually do help, even in bright daylight. Just set it to the brightest setting and it usually gets most drivers' attention. Actually, I can't say that for sure, but I do notice on average cars will give me more room when they pass or wait until it's actually safe instead of squeezing by. It may not stop some dumb teenager from running you over, only to be sentenced to a few years probation, but at least it makes me feel better.
If the car actually touched you, that seems like it crosses the line into being some kind of assault or whatever, but I'm no lawyer. The driver definitely would have gotten an earful from me, especially if they were on a cell phone.