Sudden Emergency Law and Legal Definition

Sudden emergency means a "peril caused by circumstances in which the defendant did not participate and which offered him a choice of conduct without time for thought so that negligence in his choice might be attributable not to lack of care but to lack of time to assess the situation." Highsmith v. Tractor Trailer Serv., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46156 (N.D. Ga. Nov. 21, 2005)