We were gearing up to merge with traffic on the freeway, we were entering the on ramp, when we noticed a truck in front of us was NOT speeding up to MERGE but instead was at a STOP "waiting for a spot". (no brake lights though).
We weren't able to stop in time to avoid him, rear ended him, shot across 3 lanes of traffic on the freeway, came to a stop by the median and were hit lightly by another truck. 3 car accident.
WE got the failure to control speed citation.
(We are going to take the ticket to a lawyer to have it taken care of....But I've been reading in some other threads about talking with the county clerk first? Suggestions in this??)
However-- Our truck is totaled, and we had liability insurance only. Also, we strongly feel the truck in front of us should be partially to blame for being stopped in a moving lane of traffic. He was in no way actively merging.
Can we hire a lawyer to go after THAT guy to help pay for our truck, since THAT guy was stopped where he shouldn't have been? Or are we out of luck?
Also, we don't know what the police report says, should we get a copy of it? We know rear endings tend to not go so well for the rear-endER (us, in this case) but when does the other party have any fault?
Thanks so much, I'd appreciate any response!