Sorry in advance for the long post, but really need some advice from the collective knowledge of STW.
Several weeks ago now the missus and I were out on our tandem, enjoying the sun in the Cotswolds. We were coming out of a suburb of Cheltenham (Prestbury for those who know the area) where we have to take a sharp left off a mini roundabout. As we were heading down the road towards the roundabout, oncoming traffic meant that a queue of cars had built up behind us. Once the traffic had passed two cars safely overtook and by which time we were about 50m from the mini roundabout.
As I normally do on the tandem, I asked the missus to indicate our intention to turn left and glanced right and behind to check for other vehicles, there was a car behind but as we were now signalling and approaching the roundabout I felt it was safe to pull out into the road by a couple of feet.
I feel I should explain my reasons for doing this for anybody who has never ridden a tandem before; they are long, and mine, built for two large people is very long, as a result you can't take corners too close as clipping the curb with the rear wheel is a real possibility and you certainly don't want a sliding rear wheel when two up!
As we entered the roundabout the car that was behind decided to overtake, unfortunately the clipped the front wheel of the bike as they turned in on us (they were heading the same way) causing myself, my partner and the bike all to fall in the direction of the car. The image burned on my mind is the cars rear wheel as it passed inches from my head!
The car failed to stop but I managed to get the registration number and we had a witness that also stopped and gave details, both my partner and I had minor injuries although none required hospitalisation.
After dialling 999, we had four police cars attend, three of which to chase the car in question whilst the fourth stopped to take details and give medical assistance.
Although it appeared the damage was mainly cosmetic, on further examination we had two damaged helmets from hitting the car, two bent handlebars, a bent front wheel, a bent pair of front cranks and a slightly bent frame.
I've now been chasing the police for five weeks for further details and to find out what is going on, at the very least I want to claim for the damage to my bike and equipment, but I've not spoken to anybody who can help, I have an incident number but no investigation officer name. After all my calls I'm told somebody will be in touch but still nothing!
Any advice on how to take it further much appreciated.