Ok, so background: cycling back home from work last Wednesday I was passing on the inside of a queue of stationary traffic up to a junction with lights. As I was doing so, a car pulled out of the queue (without indicating or looking) into a side road, hitting me and knocking me for six onto the tarmac.
(N.B. I was wearing a helmet, hi vis jacket, had good working lights and reflectors and generally doing everything I'm supposed to)
Needless to say I was pretty shaken up - I've come off a few times before but never because of a car. I was battered and bruised but no serious physical bodily damage done. I did tear my (cycle-specific) jeans and gloves though, and while there is no apparent serious damage to the frame, fork, wheels or drivetrain, my mudguards, left brake/gear lever, bar tape and front rack all took a battering, as did (I think) my front brake callipers.
The driver was very apologetic (admitting he was in the wrong) and gave me his number to follow up (I haven't yet). There were also a couple of witnesses who stopped to help me, though stupidly I didn't take their details (though to be fair the wind was knocked out of me and I could barely talk). I also got the driver's reg number.
The question is, what next? My plan now is to get a quote tomorrow for the cost of repair and ask the driver to pay. But if it gets awkward, does anyone have any idea of my options? Was a crime committed, and do I have a 'nuclear option' of reporting the collision to the police (I'm not keen on being vindictive though, firstly because it was carelessness rather than recklessness, and secondly because I just want to get my bike fixed and put the whole thing behind me with a minimum of fuss)? All advice welcome!