It must be in the air...
I was doored this afternoon near Palmer Square while biking with both of my kids (ages 1 and 5) on my bike. Riding in a bike lane and the door felt like it came out of nowhere.
After assessing myself and my kids and determining that only myself as the rider suffered any bodily damage, I was able to take down the driver's name, number, car info (make/model/license) and get his insurance information. The driver did not want to call 911 in the moment and in all honestly, I did not either. A bit over 2 weeks ago an officer and I were involved in an incident over bike road rules a block from this spot and since I have since filed a report against him, I was concerned he would be the responding officer. My bike is no longer rideable and the driver's door was unable to be closed. The driver was parked in front of a home and did not leave.
After the incident,I walked across the park to inquire from 2 officers sitting in their unmarked car if I needed to file a report immediately or if I could go in to the station. They assured me the information I had obtained was enough to walk into the station and file a report.
I attempted to do so this evening. The officer on duty didn't know it was possible to report a dooring and after asking around found the proper paperwork. I guess there is more information I need such as the car VIN# that I don't have. He suggested that in the morning, I go back to the site of the accident and call 911 to have the police come out. I passed by the site on my way home and the car is no longer there.
So, now what? I am bruised and scraped and thank goodness my kids are ok but my bike has a lot of damage. Am I on a wild goose chase in order to receive compensation for my damages?