The Driver Ahead Of Me Slammed On His Brakes To Keep From Hitting A Cat And I Hit His Car From Behind. I Like Cats As Much As Anyone, But Wasn’t He Negligent To Make This Abrupt Stop And Cause Me To Collide With His Car?

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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You might want to question his judgment for precipitating an accident over a cat, but you were expected to have your car under control. In this situation, control means being far enough behind the other car to stop safely — even in the event of an unexpected stop.

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