Here is my question.
I was in an accident today (my first ever and I am many decades old). I had 3 kids in the car and we are all safe. It was a level 3 amount of damage (on a Michigan scale of 1 - 7 ...1 being nothing). I was able to drive home.
I was in the right lane and the SUV in front of me came to an abrupt stop. I slammed on my brakes and veered to the right avoiding a direct frontal collision and damaged my passenger bumper and the SUVs back bumper with minimal scratches.
We pulled over and the driver whom was hit indicated that the car in front of him made an immediate stop, which in turn, made him have to do the same.
When the police arrived on the scene they spoke with the other driver first and then only asked me a few questions as the other driver indicated that there was really nothing I could have done as it was the driver in front of him that caused a chain reaction.
The officer came back and cited me for "failure to stop assured clear distance ahead."
The officer told me to go to court and he would speak to the Magistrate about not getting points as there was nothing I could do. I agree. While his citation
cites "assured clear distance ahead", the situation (which was standard at the time) became convoluted due to the dangerously abrupt stop of the car that escaped the chain of events. The car altered the designated speed limit as what would be safe and what would a safe turning speed. (He completely stopped to make a turn into a liquor store). I guess he didn't want to pass it.
The points are my main concern with insurance costs already sky high, The citation is $130.
Thank you in advance.