I asked an acquaintance here about how it was the hospital staff who attended to me knew nothing about the wreck. He said it was
normal here. Yet, the ambulance guy who was carrying me in on a gurney said that I'd been hit by a car. The section of town I last remember being is traveling down SW Mill Street and was approaching SW 4th street. The wreck could have been there. I have 12 years bike commuting experience and 7 of those years was car free. I know enough what mistakes not to make, so as to how I got hit probably involved something illegal on the part of the driver.
I have a case number and this is all I have. Where I'm from you the hospital staff always knows what happened. I need cheap legal help, possibly, too. Unfortunately, I also have the issue that the cops have my bike. I went down to claim it and they said they couldn't release it too me because it was "abandoned property," and to call the officer who was present at the time. She hasn't returned my messages. I did try to get my bike with just my ID, because it seemed logical that this would be permitted.
While my friend claims this is all normal, that this policy is to keep just anybody from picking up a bike. Um, yeah, okay. Yet, to me this seems a disgrace that the cops would be so paranoid as to not let someone who was hit by a car, even check the condition of their bike.
Yeah, so I need some help. What I need most importantly now is education on what is and isn't normal behavior by the city here for cyclist accident victims. Tell me all you can, even if it is horribly depressing. I will have to handle it. For my close cyclist friends, a stolen bike, by red tape or thieves, is akin to having your lover held hostage. I will do what I need to.