Yesterday I was hit by a car as I rode into Bristol. I was riding on the A37 through a residential area and approaching a set of traffic lights.
At this particular point, the road has three sections from the curb to the centre line. Parking out side houses, a cycle path (3' wide, and a red tarmac surface), and the main part of the road.
As I approached the traffic lights which were turning from red to green, I filtered up the cycle path along side the traffic. When was approximately within 4 cars of the lights the car on my right came across the cycle path heading to a parking space. I had no where to go, catching his wing mirror with my handlebars, specifically my shifter hood, and subsequently with my hip. Somehow I managed to stay upright and not go straight over his bonnet, nor carrying straight on and into the curb.
A little shaken up, as this is the first time I've been hit, I composed myself and took the driver's details (admittedly with an occasional expletive chucked in). The drive of course blamed me for riding up the cycle lane and getting in the way of him parking.
As a result of the collision the bike appears to have come away unscathed, other than needing to straighten the shifter my a couple of mm. My injuries total a bruised hip, bruised shin and a little lost skin on my hand, and a sore shoulder (similar feeling to a muscle strain but no sign of bruising).
Question is do I claim? The injuries are I admit minor and the damage to the bike nil. There is however the principle of the matter and the fact he pulled across cycle lane and took me out.