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Hit and run someone's vehicle without realizing it
So yesterday I accidentally hit someone's vehicle. Problem is, I didn't think I hit it. I was following behind her on a two-lane road. I shoulder-checked to change lanes, saw the coast was clear, and started to turn and go. As I looked back in front of me, I suddenly saw that the woman in front of me had stopped. So I slammed on my brakes. We were both going slow to begin with, so I stopped almost instantly. I felt no impact, heard no noise. I sat up as much I could and looked in front of me, and it looked like I had stopped in time. Relieved, I continued into the right lane and went on my way.
I get to work today and a cop calls me. Turns out I actually did hit her and was being accused of a hit and run. After speaking with him I ran outside to look at my car, and lo and behold there was a bit of black paint smudged on the left front bumper. However, it appears like it will wash right off, and there was no other damage. The cop told me that I had scraped paint on her back bumper, didn't mention any dents or other damage. He didn't seem to believe me when I told him I truly thought I had avoided hitting her, which was frustrating.
So now I have to go to court next month, and I'm kind of freaking out. I accept full responsibility for hitting her...I was following a little too close and should have been more careful. But I did not intentionally try to get away with hitting her. I'm really worried about huge fines and even worse, losing my license. I deliver pizza for a living, I need to drive. I've never been in a situation anything like this, never been to court, never been in an accident that was my fault...and I just don't know what to do. I don't even know if I should plead guilty or not guilty in this situation. I'm scared that the judge won't believe me because the cop seemed really skeptical. Is it really that hard to believe? Considering there was literally no damage to my car and very minimal damage to hers, is it still pretty unbelievable that the impact was soft enough for me to not feel it, and quiet enough for the radio to drown it out?