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Good morning. You need to decide if you want to fight this or not and if you do, would need to show the Judge that the other driver caused the accident. The reason why you were cited for this was because you have an obligation to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This way, when something like this happens, you can stop safely and avoiding hitting the vehicle. The fact that he stopped short, may not be a defense, opposed to a situation where he may have been trying to back up because he missed a turn and hit you. If you go to trial and he fails to appear, the case would likely be dismissed but that it up to you. Even if he was distracted, you would need to show and prove that AND that it resulted in the accident. As I shared, we all have an obligation to keep a safe distance when driving and if you had been far enough behind, you may have been able to stop or avoid him, when he stopped short. Something you need to keep in mind, if you fight this, since the Judge may use this when deciding.
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