Reporting to the police has been mentioned but I cannot see that achieving much in relation to getting your money. I suspect that the line would be that this was not a reportable accident. I don't know what the current rules may say but a dependable member of this forum has previously posted that even "fatals" involving cyclists have not been recorded as such.
It is a reportable accident should the OP choose to report it. I can quite believe he may get some reluctance to take the report with various excuses. I would suggest if possible face to face at a police station and take along a print out of the Home Office Stats 20 form which is the guidelines for recording road accidents. Section 2 lists reportable accidents.
ttps://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk ... 0-2011.pdf
2. ACCIDENTS TO BE REPORTED
2.1 All road accidents involving human death or personal injury occurring on the Highway and notified to the police within 30 days of occurrence, and in which one or more vehicles are involved, are to be reported. .................... Examples of accidents to be reported include........
(c) accidents to pedal cyclists or horse riders, where they injure themselves or a pedestria
Had this happened in SCotland there is the ready made criminal charge of Sec 101 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/19 ... ection/101
Placing rope, wire or other apparatus in road without adequate warning.
A person who, for any purpose, places or causes to be placed in a road rope, wire or other apparatus in such manner as endangers road users and who fails to take all necessary steps to give adequate warning of the danger, commits an offence.