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PunkrockerGirl Fri 04-Dec-15 22:01:08

Driving home about 6pm, very busy main road, 30mph speed limit.
A cat ran out in front of me, I braked, the car behind went right into me.
I got out of the car to a tirade of abuse and that if anything happened to the baby in the car I would be responsible confused
I gently suggested that she had been driving very close to me right up my arse but just got screamed at.
I asked if they'd called the police and they said that they had. In the meantime, I called dh and ds to come and be with me. The police didn't turn up because they hadn't been called. Loads of incensed and abusive relatives turned up instead.

My dh and ds came, police were called and (rightly so) an ambulance to check the baby over (who was beaming and being bounced up and down by the outraged mother when dh went to see if they were ok).
Anyway, I feel very shaken up but glad that nobody was hurt.

Anyway, aibu to think if you drive so close to the person in front that you can't stop in time when they brake, then baby or no baby on board, you are driving like a twat.
And to say you've called the police when in fact what you've done is called loads of relatives to swerve up and intimidate the person you've bashed into is about as low as it gets.

LunchpackOfNotreDame Fri 04-Dec-15 22:02:33

You're in the wrong. Legally you should have hit the cat.

somepeopledontknowthat Fri 04-Dec-15 22:03:37

I thought it was always the fault of the person who goes into the back of the other car but I could be wrong.

HunterHearstHelmsley Fri 04-Dec-15 22:03:53

YANBU.

Even though you're not meant to brake for animals it's instinctive to do so. It was her fault.

What a knobber.

wanderings Fri 04-Dec-15 22:04:05

Their bluff was well and truly called! Let them enjoy the hike in the cost of their insurance, and attention from the police.

Tailgating should be an offence in itself.

AgentProvocateur Fri 04-Dec-15 22:04:08

Er, no she's not. The car behind should have left enough stopping distance.

Nishky Fri 04-Dec-15 22:05:22

Car behind should have left room to stop -they are at fault.

LunchpackOfNotreDame Fri 04-Dec-15 22:05:29

Yes she should have left more room but there again you don't expect someone to slam the anchors on for a cat.

Wombatinabathhat Fri 04-Dec-15 22:06:06

But you called your relatives rather than the police as well confused

PolterGoose Fri 04-Dec-15 22:06:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Unreasonablebetty Fri 04-Dec-15 22:08:45

She went into you, not the other way round.
Sorry you had such an experience... Pours you a whiskey, please try not to give this much more thought. It sounds like you were a bit ganged up on.

LordEmsworth Fri 04-Dec-15 22:09:10

Yes she should have left more room but there again you don't expect someone to slam the anchors on for a cat.

Lots of things happen when driving that you don't expect. That's why you have to leave enough room to stop if the car in front brakes suddenly. That's pretty much the first rule of driving, isn't it?

thecatsarecrazy Fri 04-Dec-15 22:10:14

She had been told the police had already been called.

pictish Fri 04-Dec-15 22:10:26

Yep...law states you have to leave a stopping distance according to your speed/the conditions because if the car in front slams the brakes on (for whatever reason) it's down to you to have been a safe enough distance away to stop without hitting them.

ADishBestEatenCold Fri 04-Dec-15 22:10:45

"You're in the wrong."

No, she wasn't, and I really hope OP hasn't admitted to any blame.

The cat is irrelevant. Any vehicle must leave sufficient stopping distance (at the speed they are travelling) between themselves and the vehicle in front. If they do not and collide with the vehicle in front when it does an emergency stop, they (the vehicle to the rear) is at fault.

OP could have braked for an imaginary shadow, that just wasn't there, and the other driver would still be at fault.

originalusernamefail Fri 04-Dec-15 22:11:02

Person behind is a twat. Technically you shouldn't brake for small animals but how was she to know you weren't breaking for a person/ accident / hole in the road/ your car was broken etc etc etc. You must always leave time to stop .

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 04-Dec-15 22:11:04

I think legally you can only stop/swerve for dogs. All other animals,no. (Could be wrong, happy to be told otherwise).

somepeopledontknowthat Fri 04-Dec-15 22:11:24

"you don't expect someone to slam the anchors on for a cat."

If you're in the car behind you won't necessarily see what the hazard is, anyway.

I very much doubt the driver behind thought "oh, there's a cat, I won't keep a reasonable distance because the person in front will just drive into it".

Much more likely the driver behind was driving too close and probably didn't even see the cat.

pictish Fri 04-Dec-15 22:12:42

You don't expect someone to slam the anchors on at all. Except you have to...hence stopping distances and liability.

MrsBungle Fri 04-Dec-15 22:13:08

They were at fault. They should have left a safe breaking distance. Absolute rubbish that "legally you should have hit the cat". What law is that then?

Slowjog Fri 04-Dec-15 22:15:22

She was driving too closely behind you without leaving a proper stopping distance. If she had left a proper stopping distance she would have been fine.

She LIED. She hadn't called the police. You didn't lie.

ADishBestEatenCold Fri 04-Dec-15 22:15:35

"but there again you don't expect someone to slam the anchors on for a cat."

Again irrelevant, Lunchpack. When driving behind another vehicle (indeed, when driving at all) you should expect the unexpected and drive at an appropriate speed and leave an appropriate space between you and the vehicle in front.

Nishky Fri 04-Dec-15 22:15:54

I think you are wrong, not sure there is any law about which animals you can drive into, but the Highway Code is clear about leaving enough stopping distance, I know of someone who was prosecuted for careless driving for going into the back of someone.

PolterGoose Fri 04-Dec-15 22:16:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sighing Fri 04-Dec-15 22:17:18

She hit you. She failed to stop / was not paying due attention to the road. She is at fault. Any damage she caused be it to her car or the baby she claims is not her responsibility ... all her for driving too close/ fast / carelessly to be able to stop.
As far as calling the pitchfork clan instead of an ambulance or the police. Beggars belief.

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