Last spring I drove down a lane in my local library parking lot. Cars were parked on both sides, and ahead of me a golf cart was parked in the middle of the lane. It seemed strange to me, but I could see there was room on either side of the golf cart to go around it. I passed around it on the right. As I proceeded I saw back-up lights flash from a truck parked just ahead on my right, and it began backing up into my path. I hit my horn and tried to also get out of the way. The truck stopped just as there was an impact--the back bumper of this large extended-cab truck and the right side of my car. I assumed I had the only damaged vehicle. So I drove my car to the nearest available parking spot, out of the way of others entering the lot. I intended to survey my damage and then promptly go over to the other driver. To my surprise there was little damage to my car. When I approached the other driver, a woman was standing up in the golf cart yelling at me, calling me a "hit and run" driver. As she continued screaming at me and behaving like someone mentally disturbed, I tried to talk to the other driver who was demanding the name of my insurance company. I said I understood that it is difficult to determine guilt in parking lot accidents and that each party generally contacts their own insurance co. and that I believed I had the right of way. They(driver and his wife) claimed they had damage to their bumper, tho' I couldn't see it . They again demanded the name of my insurance co., not asking for my name or any other information. All this time, the woman in the golf cart continued verbally attacking me and it seemed impossible to carry on a conversation. Out of frustration, I threw up my hands and said I was going into the library and advised them I would call my insurance co., they should call theirs. When I came out of library, there was a note on my car with their phone no. again requesting my insurance carrier. I went home and immediately called my insurance co. They advised me that I was under no obligation to call the other party with my insurance information.
Several months later, I received a letter from my local sheriff office charging me with two Class Three Misdemeanors--Failure to stop at scene of an accident and failure to give information. At my first court hearing, the other party handed me a bill for $500 in damages to their bumper. My insurance company first denied their claim. Some time later after reconsidering, they decided because there was a witness(the crazy golf cart woman), it would be best to pay the claim and avoid a possible lawsuit which could cost more.
I have a "Case Management Conference" date in court coming up this week. Can you advise me?