We were to have pulled over and then they couldn't produce their proof of insurance. I asked why he slammed on his brakes and he said the person in front of him did the same. So my damage is about a few thousand. and he has needs a detail to buff the paint and a few apron fasteners. probably 1,000.00 . So if we were to call the police to the scene he would have been sited for driving with no proof of insurance. however and we would have mandatory had to file a police report which would show up as accident. What is the best way to deal with this. Do i have to pay him because I rear ended him or is there a chance that because he admitted fault to causing the accident I would not be at fault ? Also there is a chance he has insurance just no proof is there any play to the situation by that?
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Regardless of fault, avoid potential problems and just report this to your insurance company.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
The best and safest way for you to handle this is to report it to your insurance company. Let your insurance company deal with the other driver and the fact that he did not have insurance and that he admitted fault.
Personal Injury Lawyer
You are best off letting your insurance company handle the matter, whether it is paying for the cost of repair of your car, or for the car in front of you. From your account, the car in front was successful in not hitting the vehicle in front of it, while you did not have the same success. I don't believe that his given reason for "slamming on his brakes" automatically constitutes an admission of fault. In many states, when there is a hit-in-the-rear, there is a presumption of negligence on the part of the driver of the rear vehicle. The fact that the car in front did not have insurance will not affect a determination as to who is at fault for causing the accident.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
You should let your insurance company handle this. As far as fault is concerned, the driver you hit was able to stop before hitting the car in front. He was driving carefully. He was driving with enough distance between him and the car in front and at a speed that allowed him to stop. You did not. You were too close. You were going to fast. The proof of this is the fact that you hit that person. You were careless.
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The responsibility is on you to leave enough space between your car and the car in front of you that you can stop in time if they have to slam on their breaks. The recommended distance is one car length for every 10 mph of speed you are traveling. If you are at fault, which seem likely, his lack of insurance is not defense for you. Turn this one over to your insurance company and let them figure it out. http://www.portlandlegalservices.com
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This is why everyone has insurance. Report it to your insurance company. If you were injured in the accident, you should see a medical professional, regardless of who is at fault. In Oregon you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and are covered for related medical bills regardless of fault (up to your PIP Limit). If it is just a matter of who is at fault, the insurance companies will sort it out. If you are sued, your insurance company will appoint a lawyer at no cost to you.
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