Los Angeles, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: If a car in front of you makes a sudden stop and I run into him am I at faught

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Jonathan S. Dennis
Jonathan S. Dennis
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  • Los Angeles, CA
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A: Most likely yes.

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Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman
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  • Mill Valley, CA
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A: Almost always. The idea behind it is that you were following too closely for conditions. You may be less than 100% at fault, though, depending on the situation.

William John Light
William John Light
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  • Riverside, CA
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A: Yes. You have to allow enough time and space to stop without colliding with another car. People make sudden stops. You have to take that into consideration when following. There are occasions when a sudden stop isn't the fault of the driver who collides. I have seen this where the sudden stop is part of an insurance scam and the person is intentionally trying to create a collision. Very rare, though.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Wyomissing, PA

A: As the others say, you have to be prepared to have the car in front of you stop suddenly--for instance if a puppy was lying in the road, or more likely a child looked to be about to dart in front of them (the person in front sees a ball bounce onto the roadway). You hit, so you weren't. Only time I've won a case was where someone stopped over the crest of a hill, middle of the lane, no flashers, because they wanted to read a map--and there the company fought it all the way.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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A: Yup. What if they had to brake for a child? You have to drive slowly enough to be able to stop within the assured clear distance ahead. You didn't. Report to your insurance.

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