After an impact severe enough to break the fork I'd write the bike off, I wouldn't ride it, you don't know what other unseen damage there is, I would imagine the frames out of shape at the least, there also might be other damage, cracked or weakened tubes etc. What about you, how are you feeling today?I've had a hobble and looked a bit closer at the bike today. Amazingly, the front wheel doesn't even look buckled. It doesn't spin freely, but that could be the caliper thats been pushed a bit. On the surface of it, it looks like it could be a cheapish fix. Obviously, I'm in no fit state to be lifting the bike around, but on first look the damage is only the tube inside the headtube (sure it has a name) which has snapped in half. The forks appear to be fine, so it looks like the bending/snapping of the tube took the brunt of the force and absorbed the impact (for the bike only, unfortunately).
As for making a claim, I'm ringing the Police officer who attended the scene tonight. I'm not sure if it's worth the bother of trying to make a claim if they can't trace the driver, for a few reasons.
Firstly, I've only worked for my present company for a couple of months, so when I rang in on Monday, I asked to take a weeks holiday. Then, later in ther afternoon, my manager rang back saying he'd been on to H.R. and they've said they'll give me full pay for at least a week. Didn't ask, didn't expect, so as I'm not on statutory sick pay, I'll not lose out financially.
Secondly, and hopefully, the bike will be a quick cheapish fix.
Thirdly, and even more hopefully, I'll be recovered and back to work next week. Yes it was a painfull 'off' and a horrible few hours lying strapped to a board in hospital, so I can't see it being a megabucks payout. I wonder if I'd even get a no win-no fee solicitors to take it?