Last Friday I was in Washington, DC, parked legally on a street. A woman was sitting in her car behind me, parked beyond the No Parking sign. She was, at most, 3 feet (and I’m being generous) behind me.
When I attempted to back up, I tapped her bumper. I never took my foot off the brake, but let the car slowly back up. I never used the accelerator pedal. I was going less than 1 mile per hour. She is claiming via her insurance that I cracked her bumper along with a couple other damages. My car has zero damage. It’s clear she’s lying.
My insurance is ready to settle and give her what she wants. Out of principle, I’m not backing down. This woman is lying and taking advantage of the system.
A) How fast does a Nissan Rogue need to be traveling to crack the bumper of a Mazda 3 at 3 feet distance between the two cars?
B) If my Nissan’s bumper is higher than her bumper and that’s what’s she’s claiming is damaged, does anyone know where I can find the height of a Mazda 3 front bumper?
C) Should I just give in and let her get her way even though she is clearly lying?