After reading your statement, my first question would be .. . "Did you have a front and rear light on your bike?
I don't believe that people in cars were born with a hatred toward cyclist. No do I believe that car owners/drivers are out to kill cyclist. Perhaps, they just didn't see you.
As an 14yr. endurance road cyclist, I cycle defensively. I take extra precautions to insure my safety. I ride one cars door away from paralled parked cars. I wear bright clothing. I anticipate and try to avoid possible collisions - yielding to cars whenever necessary. At night, I use flashing lights (both front and rear lights). And, I always ride with a bike helmet.
Wishing the best of all possible worlds,