Michael, sorry about eventful ride but unfortunately it seems to happen to cyclists sooner or later. These Australian drivers and the lax system of driver training, education and often no reinforcement of fine for hitting a cyclist.
Report to the police and get a report number. Follow up within a few weeks as to what action has been taken -- at times police do nothing when a cyclist is hit and injured. If the driver is fined, then will help with your property damage claim. I recommend that you get photos taken of your injuries and see a doctor NOW to collaborate. Check out other posts on the AC group of Look For Cyclists, pertinent to reporting, making a claim, etc.
Report it....you might feel ok now but further down the track the knee could prove troublesome. The crash is going to cost you money for bike repairs...why should you pay, the accident was the result of someone else's negligent action.
Wouldn't hurt for the driver to receive a wake up call in the form of a phone call from the police.
Hope you heal up quickly.
Michael, it sounds as if the driver could be at fault. The way the traffic rules are set up - crashes cant happen unless someone breaks a rules. Or to put it another way - if everyone sticks to the rules all the time, crashes cant happen - barring freak events.
You have a right to report it to the police if you wish . The cops are obliged to take a report . But it is then up to them whether they act on it. They also work out who caused the crash, ie who is formally held responsible. E.g a very general example - if If I am driving and I change lanes - and go side on into car in the lane I move into, - the fault would probably be mine. So you might want to check
That novel "Slow Man", about a cyclist whom a driver cleaned up on Magill Road, --- the author portrays very accurately, the Adelaide driving technique, of treating crashes as chance. Rather than admitting error and fault.
In the novel, the cyclist is in hospital. the driver - a young kid - somes to see him.
Kid is awkward, his dad is lurking outside the door, the cyclist suspects they are there, not because they want to be, but because their lawyer advised it.
Kid says something like "Sorry about what happened to you - real bad luck, that".
Cyclist wants to answer back "No. It wasnt bad luck. Just real bad driving on your part.".
But the cyclist is injured, and hasnt the energy to pursue it. So he doesnt say it. The kid doesnt know what to say next, so departs. And thus has escaped, still believing crashes are due to luck not error. And still taking zero respnosiblity for the damage he just caused to another's life and well being.
JM Coetzee, "Slow Man".
Glad you seem reasonably OK
Hope the recovery is quick
I am not having a go at you or defending the driver, but in my view its not a great idea to go that fast in the CBD in peak hour, you were probably going faster than most cars at the time. Yes the driver should have looked but when you are going that fast you have very little time to react even if you did see it coming, and 44kmh is a lot faster than most car drivers would expect a bike to be going in the city. Like I say, not saying its your fault, but its worth thinking about doing as little to contribute to accidents as we can. Hope your knee pulls up OK!
As the roadworks man holding the stop/slow sign on Walkerville Tce said to me the other day, "It's all about staying safe"