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Car stopped short, hit it.

nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
edited April 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
While I was driving a car stopped early and I hit it. No real damage, but a few scratchs. We pulled over and talked and the guy said it was no big deal and no point in calling it in. It was only after a few minutes that I relized I could be in legal problem. What could happen now? I live in California.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2010
    Did he collect your info? If he said it's no big deal and didn't get your info, I'd mostly take him at his word.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Neither collected info.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    According this form, you're required to report an accident in CA if "there was an injury, death or property damage in excess of $750."

    Since he didn't get your info the money issue is probably not going to be a problem, so I think you're good. You're required to give your information to the other driver, but it's obviously too late for that. Maybe the other guy thought he was at fault, and thought he was dodging a bullet with you apologizing. I doubt he's going to show up with a repair bill.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Well that was certainly less that 750 and there was no injury so I guess were cool?

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    RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The courts are actually pretty reasonable about this stuff, if both parties at the time thought "eh fuck it" and moved on, having no reasonably suspicion that greater damage was done, then you aren't in any legal troubles.

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    VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Just let this be a lesson to not follow so close.

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    mugginnsmugginns Jawsome Fresh CoastRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah he didn't stop short, you rear-ended him.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    mugginns wrote: »
    Yeah he didn't stop short, you rear-ended him.

    You know, both can be true.

    And I didn't see anywhere in the OP where he was like, "OMG, this is totally not my fault, I am an awesome driver and everyone else sucks!!!" Which is how these usually go. So quite refreshing, actually, that he's concerned that maybe he was supposed to report it or something.

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    lunchbox12682lunchbox12682 MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    My wife basically just had this issue, but in Vermont.
    Insurance company said don't bother with the police report.
    I looked it up anyway, and it's only a $175 fine for failure to report.
    If found out, of course.
    So watch yourself, but I don't think you need to be too worried.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    mugginns wrote: »
    Yeah he didn't stop short, you rear-ended him.

    You know, both can be true.

    And I didn't see anywhere in the OP where he was like, "OMG, this is totally not my fault, I am an awesome driver and everyone else sucks!!!" Which is how these usually go. So quite refreshing, actually, that he's concerned that maybe he was supposed to report it or something.

    while the guy's attitude is refreshing, there's no such thing as stopping short

    if someone would have slammed their breaks and you would have hit them, you are following too close

    the guy that was hit sounds like he either doesn't know about this sort of thing, or is driving without insurance, or something similar

    or doesn't care about his car

    or has a warrant, etc



    as far as I know, you're good to go, just don't follow so close next time

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    admanbadmanb unionize your workplace Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah. Rear-ending someone is always your fault. Doesn't matter if they slammed on their breaks because a five-year-old ran into the street or because they thought a plastic bag was a cat.

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    VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    admanb wrote: »
    Yeah. Rear-ending someone is always your fault. Doesn't matter if they slammed on their breaks because a five-year-old ran into the street or because they thought a plastic bag was a cat.

    Or slammed on their brakes because you were following too close

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    mugginns wrote: »
    Yeah he didn't stop short, you rear-ended him.

    You know, both can be true.

    And I didn't see anywhere in the OP where he was like, "OMG, this is totally not my fault, I am an awesome driver and everyone else sucks!!!" Which is how these usually go. So quite refreshing, actually, that he's concerned that maybe he was supposed to report it or something.

    while the guy's attitude is refreshing, there's no such thing as stopping short

    if someone would have slammed their breaks and you would have hit them, you are following too close

    the guy that was hit sounds like he either doesn't know about this sort of thing, or is driving without insurance, or something similar

    or doesn't care about his car

    or has a warrant, etc



    as far as I know, you're good to go, just don't follow so close next time

    What do you mean there's no such thing as "stopping short"? He just means that the person in front of him stopped abruptly. Are you claiming that it's impossible for the car in front of you to stop with little or no notice?

    Again, stopping short is a physical act. It's not a legal term. If a driver hits their brakes and suddenly stops, they "stopped short." If you are following too close to someone who stopped short, then you probably are going to rear-end them.

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    Ashaman42Ashaman42 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I'd agree that in most cases hitting someone in the rear is the fault of the follower.

    It's not always cut and dried though, if you were driving along leaving plenty of space to the car in front and someone dives into the gap whilst leaping on their brakes and you hit them I'm sure your insurance would be able to argue the case.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah, you'll be fine. My first "accident" was very minor, probably 15 mph, but we were both teenagers without much experience so we called the police. The cop that showed up told us it was up to us if we wanted to report it, but it would most likely cause our insurance to go up and the damage was only cosmetic. We elected not to, and he left without filling anything out.

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Ashaman42 wrote: »
    I'd agree that in most cases hitting someone in the rear is the fault of the follower.

    It's not always cut and dried though, if you were driving along leaving plenty of space to the car in front and someone dives into the gap whilst leaping on their brakes and you hit them I'm sure your insurance would be able to argue the case.

    That's not stopping short though, that's cutting you off.

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    DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    That's called a swoop and squat, and it is highly illegal.

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    TurboGuardTurboGuard Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Obviously, the problem people are having here is with the wording. Saying that someone "stopped short and I hit them" makes it come across as if it was the fault of the person stopping instead of the person hitting them.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    That's called a swoop and squat, and it is highly illegal.

    well it's really only that when it's done for the purpose of defrauding the insurance company/scaring the guy that hits you


    otherwise it's just sillygoosery

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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    That's called a swoop and squat, and it is highly illegal.

    well it's really only that when it's done for the purpose of defrauding the insurance company/scaring the guy that hits you

    otherwise it's just sillygoosery

    I vaguely remember stories of people hanging out at the expressway overpasses. They were working with someone in a car who would get a signal to jam on their brakes to purposely get hit. Suing immediately followed.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Raneados wrote: »
    That's called a swoop and squat, and it is highly illegal.

    well it's really only that when it's done for the purpose of defrauding the insurance company/scaring the guy that hits you

    otherwise it's just sillygoosery

    I vaguely remember stories of people hanging out at the expressway overpasses. They were working with someone in a car who would get a signal to jam on their brakes to purposely get hit. Suing immediately followed.

    swoop and squat

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