IAmA pedestrian who was hit by a bicyclist.
I can't be too specific as the case is still going on, but last year as I was walking to class, I was hit from behind by a bicyclist going at least 20mph. The impact and fall fucked up my knee, broke my laptop that was in my backpack, and sprained my ankle. I didn't hear the bicyclist coming because his bike was so silent. This was in broad daylight on a crowded campus with a slight downhill slope. My guess is that he moved to dodge someone who turned, and hit me.
As tried to get back up, realizing the horrible pain I was in, the bicyclist told me to watch where the fuck I was going and started to try to ride off. I tried to get him to stop but he didn't. I called the police. He was picked up minutes later, but released, because since he wasn't driving a motor vehicle it couldn't be prosecuted under hit and run. Instead, it is being prosecued under assault and battery.
I am suing him for the cost of medical bills (about 8k so far), the cost of replacing my laptop ($1k), and for two weeks of my salary since I wasn't able to work ($400).
They rallied their biker friends to play the 'entitled car driver' card and leave trash on my car and send me harassing Facebook messages. One time I had to get campus security to come out and physically remove them from my car, since they decided they were going to sit behind my car and play cards, since I had no other way out. I am in the process of getting a restraining order against him as well.
EDIT: Getting a lot of downvotes here. I'm sorry that some people can't drive, but don't downboat/blame me for being the messenger.
EDIT2: Apparently the guy is part of some kind of biker club and one or more of them is a Reddit reader. I found thier (public) Facebook page and there are about 50 of them conspiring to fuck with me on here. One of them also ran into me at school a while ago and said I better knock it off or that they'll make life very difficult for me. I'd post the group, but my lawyer advised against. Fuck this crowd mentality and fuck bikers.
EDIT3: I've since learned that this cyclist culture really blew up in Poland. The critical masses, the douchebaggery, the self-entitlement..it was pretty much imported from there. Cities have been locked up completely for hours because cyclists wanted more 'rights' (as in, precedence over pedestrians on the sidewalk/road/etc). Then it spread to our west coast, then our east coast, then everywhere else it goes on. You know how cities can make people with overgrown yards mow their grass, to get rid of the vermin that might take up residence there? Poland is the home owner, and these douche cyclists are the high grass. The only real solution is to invade and teach them some order. That's our burden.
EDIT4: Okay, enough with the Poland joke. The other lawyer actually pulled the 'anti-Semite' card today because apparently the defendant is Jewish. It stems from the fact that I said that he and his group can go fuck themselves the other day before I called the police to remove them from behind my car. Seriously? I didn't even know he was Jewish. It wouldn't matter. Of course, now I've been receiving calls/emails from his family and friends of his family for being anti-Jew. I've gotten about ten phone calls and a few emails today talking about how my future career is over and how I'm going to be expelled etc etc. Lawyer says to keep my cool and not talk to any of them because anything I say will only make them madder and give them more ammo to make me look anti-Semitic.