Q&A - Brake Checking a Tailgater
Suppose a driver is following a vehicle closely (about 1 second distance), and the front vehicle is travelling below the municipal speed limit, suppose at ~40~35km/h, all happening on a quiet 10:30pm on an August' Sunday, with the road being dry and well lit, and not a single other moving vehicle in a 300 meters radius, when the driver of the lead vehicle suddenly comes to a full sudden stop in the middle of the road, causing the following vehicle to "kiss the bumper".
Exact sequence of events:
- 40km/h, following at 5 meters
- brake light appears on lead vehicle for about <1 second, 35km/h, distance = 3 m
- brake light dissapears, lead vehicle makes a small "lean" as to right turn, distance = 2 m
- lead vehicle slams brakes, following vehicle slams brakes, bumpers kiss
Yes the lead vehicle driver is a bona-fide psych warfare expert.
When asked "Hey! Why did you stop right here for no apparent reason, causing me to rear-end you?" the reply was "Hello there! You were tailgating me!"
I can see the ICBC's position (follow too closely - against the rules ) it's the following vehicle's fault for collision.
But I was wondering if these supposed actions (also known as brake checking) would fit under an "assault with a deadly weapon" criminal charge, since harm is caused and the intent to cause harm is admitted,
provided the events leading to the collision are video recorded, and the exact reply (admission of action) of the lead driver is also on camera?
It's obviously a bit harsh if not ridiculous to ascertain such heavy charge, but consider the mental process of the lead driver, as the next time they may have no problem doing the same to a van full of people, or a transit bus, or a hazmat truck filled with nitroglycerin... whatever the case may be, the actions of the lead driver are not in good faith imho.
(Something that happened to me about 5 years back - taught me a lesson that people don't actually mind getting into an accident sometimes. Luckily the kiss didn't result in any damages to the lead vehicle, so no ICBC claim was put forth, I've duly reported the accident with-in 24 hours and made a statement, and was given the answer as to the probable fault distribution - 100% the following vehicle. My only accident - good lesson though)