Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 16,800+ case briefs...

Bedor v. Johnson

Colorado Supreme Court
292 P.3d 924 (2013)


Facts

Michael Johnson (defendant) hit an ice patch, spun out of control across the center line, and collided with Richard Bedor (plaintiff), injuring both drivers. In the ensuing negligence action, the evidence conflicted as to whether Johnson was speeding or intoxicated. However, the investigating police officer confirmed that an ice patch often formed where the accident occurred, and Johnson admitted he was aware that ice might be present. The trial court instructed the jury that under the sudden-emergency doctrine, “a person who, through no fault of his own, is placed in a sudden emergency, is not chargeable with negligence if the person exercises that degree of care that a reasonably careful person would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances.” The jury found for Johnson and Bedor appealed. The appellate court found the sudden-emergency instruction proper because competent evidence showed a sudden or unexpected emergency (the ice patch) that Johnson did not create. Bedor appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rice, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 449,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 449,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,800 briefs, keyed to 224 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers


Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial