It's a rare one. But it just goes to show how much Personal Insurance when you ride is.
If you are a BikeSA member, they can help with helping to provide cover for you and who/what ever you collide with. (this doesnt include covering your bike, that is separate cover)
I feel sorry for the rider.
A driver with an expensive car. Could this be someone who is accustomed to having their own way, and now wants the cyclist to pay, when the driver also failed to keep a lookout and avoid the collision?
From the story posted either party could be at fault as there are no details. Why question the ethics of the car owner or base an opinion of them because they have an expensive car.?
Note my sentence starts with the word could and ends with ?
Thinking of an Australian Mercedes owner who doored a Melbourne cyclist, leading to his death. It took months for police to get a statement from her and then through her lawyer. Declared that she opened the vehicle door a little but not enough to make contact with cyclist. Witnesses said otherwise, but the driver was not charged with the minimum (and provable) of opening the door on another road user.
Then there was the McGee case. He could afford QC which the average person cannot. It worked for him.
counter sue ?
The lesson in this article for all of us is simple, you are using a public road then your mad if you don't have some form of insurance for this type of situation as applies to all road users.
Also, something stated in other threads, pick up a phone and call a legal expert for some advice and if I were a cyclist believing I were in the right I would be the one taking legal action!.