Someone ran up the back of me whilst I was stopped at boomgates. She claimed she had a coughing fit, we swapped info and that was that, accidents happen, no biggie.
So I get a quote for my damage and call the woman and ask her if she'd like us to provide a second quote, in case I can get it slightly cheaper for her (she has no insurance) and she says yes, get another quote, so I do.
I go to her house to give her a copy of the quotes but even though there are several cars parked outside her house and windows are open, no one answers.. so I leave the quotes in an envelope on her security door and leave. Days pass and I hear nothing from her, so I text and ask if she got them, she responds "yes, will let you know what my husband says"... OK... so I wait.
Weeks pass and I try calling her numerous times, text her etc, she doesn't reply. My texts are all very nice and polite, just asking simply if she can let me know which quote she wants to go with as I need to have my car fixed ASAP (there is significant structural damage and not at all safe to put my baby in the back while it's damaged as there's very little protection in case of impact).
So my DH calls her as the car is in his name anyway. They have a chat about the car and DH is very understanding, very polite and it seems to be a normal convo, she claims she hasn't got the money and needs to save up some cash, DH says "yeah that's absolutely fine, just keep in touch with us so we know what's going on' (as I sid she has been very hard to make contact with). She even asked for a THIRD quote and even though legally we are only required to provide one single quote, we get her a third and final quote.
Anyway, half an hour later DH gets a phone call and it's this woman's husband... he doesn't even say hello or anything like that, he starts screaming at DH saying "You called my wife? You must think I'm an effing donkey, I'm not paying you a cent! All you need is a $4 can of spray paint!" and hangs up before DH gets a single word in.
So we go straight the police station to report the whole incident but they say they can't do anything as it's a civil matter.
So we contact lawyers and leave it in their hands. Fast forward a month and the lawyers are reporting that they too are having difficulty getting a reply from these people and after all of this I'm told that if they don't reply within 7 days to a final letter of demand we can start legal proceedings; but this can take up to 12 months and will cost me an arm and a leg and i the end they might offer to pay me in dribs and drabs. So I'm left feeling hugely p!ssed off ad basically tell DH there's nothing we can do. Plus I'm out pocket $100 in legal fees.
DH is fuming at this news and decides to go their house to talk to this husband face to face (not for a fight, just to find out why they refuse to pay!)
So he comes home and says "I met the husband" and basically DH had demaded to know why they think it's OK to drive up the back of somones car and refuse to pay for the damage. The man provides no answers but tries to say that I never produced my license at the scene (this is true, even though I gave her my number I didn't actually fish out my license and she didn't ask.. I had just been slammed into, was rattled and was holding a screaming DD so yeah, I forgot) but I have a valid license and it's no reason why they shouldn't pay for my car damage, it's just a p!ss poor excuse that has never been brought up in any of our previous conversations with the wife.
DH said that the husband immediately took out his mobile phone and called someone and said "you better get down here, I've got someone here" refering to DH. DH tells the guy to look at the damage on the car etc.. I guess they exchange words, but no threats were made. DH eventually left with this guy screaming after him "go get your boys and I'll bring my boys"...
An obvious moron.
Next day the lawyers call and say that they have finally made contact and these people have agreed to pay for the damage in 3 payments; it's the best offer we're going to get, so we agree.
A week later, DH gets a call from the police- the wife has requested a restraining order against DH for "harrassment"!
After explaining our side of the story the police are very understanding but we still have go to court to defend ourselves against this crazy accusation.
So, my question is... does anybody have experience with restraining orders? Based on these circumstances is this loony lady likely to win?
And can I bring our 9 month old into the court room? I have no one to leave her with.