Checking back in to answer questions posed.
I did not get the other guy’s information. As soon as I started pressing him he rode off, and by the time I figured out I should pursue him, I couldn’t catch up to him (rather, didn’t find him). I was very angry and considering following him to his house to get his information, so, probably best I didn’t do so.
However, if it ever happens again (mind, I’ve been biking a good many years, and this is the worst accident I’ve had), I plan on being a lot nicer but also much more insistent on getting the person’s information. It’s not so much the financial aspects (at least, this time, I was insured, and other than the deductible the bike has now been repaired and literally is as good as new). But, people should be held accountable for stupid decision making so they have a chance of learning.
I was so angry at the time that it came close to being a physical confrontation after the crash. That lessened the possibility of holding the guy responsible (in his mind, while he admitted he caused the crash in front of witnesses, he probably justified riding off since “that guy was being an asshole” (he was just as nasty)).
The insurance company did ask if I got his information. When I asked them if they pursue litigation or what not in this situation (if they have the contact information) they said no, not usually.
But, if I did have the guy’s contact information I could have followed up and let him know about the damage he did to my bike (and me, my shoulder is still sore) and the inconvenience of having the bike I love be unavailable to me at the end of a great cycling summer and fall. I got it back in time to put a couple hundred miles on it (and will go out again when weather permits in Chicago).
Who knows, maybe if I had been in contact enough with him later I could have turned a bad situation into one where we could ride together instead of having terrible feelings about the whole frikkin’ episode!