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Old 08-26-2010, 01:23 AM
 
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Hey everybody, I really need help. I was driving home today and got into an accident, some guy without plates cut off a car in front of me, who slammed his breaks, I slammed mine. He stopped and I skidded right into him. The guy who caused the accident took off. Now I got stuck with the ticket from the Metro and an accident on my record. I don't know what to do - should I call a lawyer? I wasn't speeding or doing anything wrong - just at the wrong place at the wrong time and I really can't afford an insurance hike right now - I am going back to school in September. Any help or advice would be REALLY appreciated.

Thank you all in advance for your help!
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:45 AM
 
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Yes, you do need to call a good (an oxymoron) lawyer. Were you injured? You might not feel anything now, but you will in a few days. Talk to the person you hit. They can back up your claim of the car w/o plates who caused the accident.

Best of luck, you're going to need it.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:54 AM
 
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Worrying won't help, doesn't sound like there were any injuries. Accidents are the reason insurance was created.

Relax, keep your distance next time. It's your job to maintain enough room to stop. Learn from it and you're good.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:24 AM
 
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They can back up your claim of the car w/o plates who caused the accident.
The action of the guy without the plates is completely irrelevant. The driver of the car in front of the OP slammed on his brakes (the reason does not matter) and the OP ran into him. The OP is considered at fault because you have to be in control of your car at all times. And that includes maintaining enough distance from the car in front of you so that you can stop your car if or when the car in front of you slams on its brakes.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:54 AM
 
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The action of the guy without the plates is completely irrelevant. The driver of the car in front of the OP slammed on his brakes (the reason does not matter) and the OP ran into him. The OP is considered at fault because you have to be in control of your car at all times. And that includes maintaining enough distance from the car in front of you so that you can stop your car if or when the car in front of you slams on its brakes.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner!
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:34 AM
 
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I had to explain the same thing recently to an 18yo kid on a Philippine highway with no insurance and 8 people in his tiny old honda.

After they rammed in my bmw from behind.

I just gave up and had my insurance pay.
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:59 AM
 
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It's hard to beat a "maintaining an assured clear distance" ticket if that is what they charged you with.
Maybe if you explain the scenario to a judge and have the person driving the car in front of you back up your story of slamming on their brakes you might get a lesser fine.
But it probably wont change anything with the insurance company of you being at fault of causing damage to the car in frt of you.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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I was always told if you hit someone in the back end, you're at fault. Doesn't sound like you have any recourse.
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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hmmmm "some guy without plates"

WHY is it ALWAYS some guy without plates.....is it the same guy doing all this or what?????

You hit...you lose...

The ONLY possible chance of avoiding fault is IF you can PROVE what is termed a "Swoop n Squat"
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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Not much else to say but this is exactly right.

Now if someone cut you off and slammed on the brakes, that might be different since they could do that fast enough where you simply couldn't react. Even then, good luck proving that one.

My suggestion is to contact the traffic court and see if they can get your ticket changed to a non-moving violation and take traffic school. They may be able to reduce the ticket as well. This will help keep your insurance rates from going up.

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The action of the guy without the plates is completely irrelevant. The driver of the car in front of the OP slammed on his brakes (the reason does not matter) and the OP ran into him. The OP is considered at fault because you have to be in control of your car at all times. And that includes maintaining enough distance from the car in front of you so that you can stop your car if or when the car in front of you slams on its brakes.
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