i dont know how police can write citiations like following too close, if they werent there to see if, if it was wet and the guy infront of you stopped, and you couldnt stop off course your going to slide and hit him... they should recreate it and see if they would have slid into the car infront of them... if not then they can write the ticket, if they do slide and hit something, then they can take a look at what happend... 153 isnt much, but you should take it to court, you dont even need a lawer, just state your case and say what happend... even include the part about the vette... and show your bruses, and bring pictures of your front... (if its not fucked up too bad) or the VW's rear to show, that when you were hit... you were already stopped right behind the vw because you slid...and not because you had stopped 5 feet from the bug then was hit by the truck and rammed into the vw... if you got the insurance info from the vw, i bet he wouldnt mind you taking pictures of his "rear" for a court case...
Easy, because if you were following at a safe distance [they would argue], you'd have plenty of time to stop, even if the person in front of you slammed on his brakes.
Remember from driver's ed.: one car length for every 10 miles an hour..
that means, at 70, you should be following AT LEAST 7 car lengths behind the person in front of you.
It may not be practical, but that's how it goes