The Colorado Supreme Court has abolished the sudden emergency doctrine in negligence cases stating that it is repetitive to ‘reasonable care under the circumstances,’ and therefore unnecessary. Additionally, it was felt that Jury instruction could be misleading because it is implied that sudden emergency situations require a reduced standard of care focusing the jury on the events that occurred around the emergency, rather than the circumstances.

Justification for the abolishment occurred during Bedor v. Johnson, in which the defendant lost control of his car after encountering an icy patch of road. The argument was whether or not the defendant should be held liable for unforeseeable circumstances or if because the weather was inclement, speed should have been reduced to accommodate for such potential emergencies.

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