sudden emergency doctrine

noun

sud·​den emergency doctrine
: a doctrine of tort law: a person who is confronted with a sudden and unexpected perilous situation not of his or her own making and who acts as would a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances will not be held liable even if later reflection shows that the wisest course was not chosen

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“Sudden emergency doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/sudden%20emergency%20doctrine. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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