I would appreciate that if anyone here was present, not to post details of location, vehicle, etc.
I was on a DH/XC uni trip yesterday. The car park was a classic trail centre car park; busy and full of bikes and people. Just before we left, a bloke in a large 4x4 reversed onto my rear wheel/brake/mech/possibly frame, doing considerable damage - around £140 in parts plus a potentially compromised frame (08 SX trail)
My bike was lying on the ground at the rear corner of our LWB van (behind the van) and he was parked next to us, so turned very sharply out of his space. He nearly just drove away but enough shouting by around 13 of us persuaded him to stop.
He explained that he didn't think it was his fault because he couldn't see out of the back of the car. He was arrogant and didn't want to sort it out (didn't even check his own car for damage!) but gave me his contact details and offered me £20. I didn't take it.
After I explained for a while about the dangers of driving backwards without looking (small child?) he left shouting something along the lines of "don't leave your f* bike in the road".
I gathered contacts for four witnesses and have several club members who were travelling in a another vehicle as witnesses. Also the bike hire centre staff and centre manager are aware of what happened. No CCTV unfortunately.
I filed a police report last night, although it is likely they will not investigate as it is a civil matter.
I intend to contact him directly first and ask him to cover the costs without involving his insurance. This won't cover the potential frame damage, though, because I don't know if there is any.
If he doesn't comply, I'll contact his insurers. I'll get a repair quote from a bike shop and take it from there.
Has anyone experienced a similar situation? What was the outcome? Any ideas about how to deal with the potential frame damage?
The frame appears okay, the wheels fits and there is no creaking. But I'm worried that the car wheel, which apparently mounted the axle, might have stressed it