Hi guys, I was in a collision with a truck about a week ago, and i’d like to get your opinions/some advice. I was heading down a road about 11am, in a 1.5m+ gap between parked cars and a long line of stopped traffic.
Just before an intersection I saw a small delivery truck pulling out from between a gap in the cars to turn right from the other lane. I was about 1 or 2 car lengths away, braked but still ended up colliding with the side of the truck, came off and hit the ground. I had hit my head of the side of the truck and pretty much everything hurt, a couple of people came over and called an ambulance.
Off I went in a neck brace etc, spent overnight in hospital, luckily just some bruises, muscle damage and stitches in the knee. Not so lucky, bike is a write off, bent frame, forks etc.
I got the drivers details from the police, when I called him he seemed to think it wasn’t his fault, but gave me his supervisors details. His supervisor said he would send the incident report to the insurance company but didn’t really sound like he would bother.
I called the police again and asked him what his report said, basically the driver told him that he stopped and checked before turning, and “just didn’t see me”. The officer said that “neither party was at fault” and it was “just unlucky that we didn’t see each other”. When I told him that my bike was wrecked he said “oh it looked pretty old anyway”, (its a restored ~1983 Ricardo that I bought for $500 and have put a lot more money in to) and that I could try contact the insurance company but it probably wouldn’t do any good.
I think he just turned considering the stopped line of cars, and didn’t even think about bikes. Obviously he would tell the police he stopped and checked, I don’t know if he did, when I saw him he was moving.
The TAC is paying for all the ambulance/hospital bills, Im just wondering if I can get some money for my bike.
A few people I have spoken to have said that I should fight it, I would have no idea how to do that. What do you guys think? has anyone dealt with something like this before?