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First time with a new instructor and was going along a straight road when the car in front slowed quite dramatically for a pot hole. I thought the car was closer than it was so braked very suddenly - this cars brake is a lot more sensitive than what I’m used to - I didn’t hit the car in front but the one behind tried to swerve around me and slammed into the back and side of the car I was in. Who was at fault here? I know I braked too suddenly but not without reason and I was not used to the car yet as a learner.
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(Original post by Issie.4)
First time with a new instructor and was going along a straight road when the car in front slowed quite dramatically for a pot hole. I thought the car was closer than it was so braked very suddenly - this cars brake is a lot more sensitive than what I’m used to - I didn’t hit the car in front but the one behind tried to swerve around me and slammed into the back and side of the car I was in. Who was at fault here? I know I braked too suddenly but not without reason and I was not used to the car yet as a learner.
I know that you’re a learner and not used to the car but you are supposed to check behind you before slowing down to prevent this from happening. Buttt seeing as it was kind of an emergency brake, the person behind you should have been travelling far enough behind you to brake in those situations without hitting you, sounds like the may have been driving too close to you in the first place as they didn’t have adequate stopping distance.
I mean yeah maybe you shouldn’t have braked so hard, but the person who hit you was most likely driving too close to you so I wouldn’t panic
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I know that you’re a learner and not used to the car but you are supposed to check behind you before slowing down to prevent this from happening. Buttt seeing as it was kind of an emergency brake, the person behind you should have been travelling far enough behind you to brake in those situations without hitting you, sounds like the may have been driving too close to you in the first place as they didn’t have adequate stopping distance.
I mean yeah maybe you shouldn’t have braked so hard, but the person who hit you was most likely driving too close to you so I wouldn’t panic
how can she check behind when a car slowing down dramatically in front of you requires an immediate reaction
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(Original post by Issie.4)
First time with a new instructor and was going along a straight road when the car in front slowed quite dramatically for a pot hole. I thought the car was closer than it was so braked very suddenly - this cars brake is a lot more sensitive than what I’m used to - I didn’t hit the car in front but the one behind tried to swerve around me and slammed into the back and side of the car I was in. Who was at fault here? I know I braked too suddenly but not without reason and I was not used to the car yet as a learner.
Dont worry... the car behind should be travelling so they leave a distance that they can stop without hitting the vehicle in front.
The only reasons an insurer would put the blame on the front car is if the rear one had dashcam evidence of the front car deliberately braking to be hit or reversing into the rear car.
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Dont worry... the car behind should be travelling so they leave a distance that they can stop without hitting the vehicle in front.
The only reasons an insurer would put the blame on the front car is if the rear one had dashcam evidence of the front car deliberately braking to be hit or reversing into the rear car.
Yes this is basically correct. In a collision of this kind, the driver behind (who should have been maintaining a safe distance) is almost always to blame and their insurance company would be the one to pay out. It would only go against you if you had suddenly changed lanes in front of the other driver for example or emerged dangerously in front of them from a junction.

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Don L Gates

UK Driving Skills.co.uk
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how can she check behind when a car slowing down dramatically in front of you requires an immediate reaction
Yeah see where I said but
I realise that and explained it beneath lol
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The one that hit you. 9 times out of 10 insurance favours the car that's been rear ended, unless you've done something ridiculous like pull inches in front of a car on a motorway and even then insurance will back you unless they have a dash cam and prove otherwise.
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