Without (hopefully) getting into too many legalities, I was the cause of an accident once. I went to court and the other party didn't show up. The judge told me it was my lucky day because he had to throw the ticket out, even though the police officer was there. If I were your daughter and it was not too much trouble, I would go to court. This was in Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980's. Things may be different where you live and 25 years later.