sudden emergency doctrine
- A principle in personal injury law stating that an individual confronted with an unexpected and dangerous situation, not caused by their own actions, won't be legally responsible if their response, albeit not the best one, was reasonably prudent under the circumstances
- The sudden emergency doctrine was invoked, arguing they acted reasonably under surprising and hazardous conditions.
- Due to the sudden emergency doctrine, the driver was not held responsible for his immediate decision during an unexpected deer-crossing accident.
- The defense used the sudden emergency doctrine to protect the homeowner from liability after they made a quick and arguably flawed decision during a sudden house fire.