I braked quite hard at amber traffic lights (not an emergency stop). The car behind stopped in time and avoided a collission. A third car did not stop in time and rear ended the car behind me. My insurance company have advised that they have been contacted by a third party and it is alleged that I am responsible for the accident. Where do I stand?
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There may be an argument that you should not have been approaching the lights at such speed that you had to brake particularly hard and so liability may be reduced slightly in that way but its really just clutching at straws.The law is quite clear. It is a driver's responsibility to leave enough space between his car and the car in front to enable him to stop if he needs to perform an emergency stop. Whichever way you look at this, either the driver in question did not leave enough space or he did leave enough space but was not properly observing the need to stop.The only criticism of you may be that you stopped particularly short without warning but that isnt' going to make a substantial difference.Hope this helps. Please remember to rate my answer either OK SERVICE or above and then I will give you related information for free.
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