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A car crashed into the back of my car, is it my fault?


If a car crashes into the back of your car on a public road it will in the majority of cases be their fault - not yours. If you would like to make an accident claim now, call us on 02392 484 244 and we can look to report your claim for you.

A driver of a vehicle traveling behind you, has a responsibility to maintain enough distance between themselves and any vehicle in front to enable them to stop safely without crashing into them.

This is a very important fact to remember for any road user. Even if the driver in front of you brakes suddenly for no particular reason, you must ensure that you allow a safe braking distance for the speed you are traveling at. The law states “You must always be able to stop in the distance at which you can see to be clear”


What is a safe distance?

The distance you should keep between your car and the vehicle in front will depend on the speed at which you are traveling and the prevailing road and weather conditions.

As a general rule, it is recommended that drivers keep at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front to maintain a safe stopping distance.


The '2 Second Rule'

Back in the 1970's the government ran a successful TV campaign which provided a simple but effective way for car driver's to judge the distance they need to maintain.

When traveling behind a vehicle, look ahead and pick a roadside object such as a lamp post or road sign. As the vehicle in front of you passes the object say this phrase to yourself - 'Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule'. If the front of your vehicle passes the object before you have finished the phrase, then you are too close and need to create a larger gap.

Because the phrase takes approximately 2 seconds to say, it enables you to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front.

Please feel free to give us a call on 02392 484 244 for further information, and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.
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