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Aug 08

Posts: 7

Snozzeltoff says:

Low speed rear bumper nudge

Travelling at 25mph, the car in front of me made a last ditch decision to enter a turn right box to a garage because their "fuel light came on suddenly". This turning box started about 2-300 yards back (see picture) but they entered at the last possible moment, half in and half out and braked hard (last arrow just out of picture on road). I had glanced at my mirror to see if the cars behind were going to come alongside me - when I glanced up I had just enough time to get to 10mph before running into the bumper. 

Minor scrape to the bumper but the whole fairing of my bike is ruined and could have front fork damage (pictures attached). Originally they said they wouldn't claim but now they are. I feel they didn't leave me enough stopping space as the decision was so last minute to turn in. They didn't look to see me.

Can I claim 50/50 on the insurance or will I basically be held at fault regardless of their poor manoeuvre?

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Mar 09

Posts: 9012

jaffa90 says:


If you or anybody runs into the back of another vehicle it`s your/there fault.

That minor scrape to the bumper is a new one plus what looks like some damage above it.

I hope your fully comp because your damage could cost more.

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Jul 11

Posts: 244

MakemRider says:


but I have to agree with Jaffa, no matter why the car in front brakes hard to a halt, all following traffic should be travelling at 'a speed at which they can stop in the distance they can see to be safe'.

When teaching learners I used to refer to 'dead elephants' on the road ahead, why? because it's the last thing you would expect to see on a road in England.

Expect the unexpected, that way when it does happen you're ready for it & can stop in time.

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:


either your distance was too close, or speed too fast, or both, even though their manouevre was a bit daft (though bear in mind there are people who'll cause a "crash for cash", ie purposely do something daft precisely to claim insurance).

If the damage / cost to the car isn't too stupid, you could offer to pay it out of your pocket (pick up a second-hand bumper and offer to pay the fitting, it may be cheaper than going through insurance).  Your damage, even without fucked forks, could be far higher.

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