Being 3 car lengths back at 45 MPH is NOT necessarily, as you found out, enough space to stop for the unexpected. At 50 mph, it can take you about 400 feet to react to something you see and bring your vehicle to a stop. That is about the length of a city block. While it may be hard to create that much separation, three car lengths is too close at that speed.
Having said that, you do have some unusual cicumstances, which, if properly presented, might help in court. And since a ticket does cost you in increased insurance, you may want to retain a lawyer to assist you in a defense. A lawyer may be able to win on the facts or get a reduced disposition that will not go on your history, or otherwise help.
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If your situation was caused by a "sudden emergency" and not by any action or inaction of your own, then that is the defense you should utilize.
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