What is worse is sometimes the other vehicle driver will not even stop, or (if they do) will insist on not calling the police given the minimal damage to their vehicle caused by a bicycle. You should always insist upon calling the police and if the other driver won’t wait, simply let the police know. If you can, use your cell phone to snap a photo of the vehicle, the driver, and the license plate, as well as any other information they may be willing to share prior to leaving. If there are witnesses on the scene, get their names and contact information, as well.
There are thousands and thousands of car versus bicycle accidents each year. Bicyclists are at increased danger due to their lack of protection against other vehicles. Many times the rider may be knocked unconscious. Too many times, we have seen that the version told to the police by the driver of the vehicle is vastly different than what actually happened once a thorough investigation is completed. If you are being told that it was your fault but you know better, it doesn’t hurt to call for a free consultation.