Spot on Guys.
When I first started riding it seemed cars were pulling out on me, when in actuality my over the speed limit driving caused the drivers to misjudge my actual closing speed. I now ride speed limit or less in town, added a Head Lamp Modulator, and LED Brake-Flash Lights to license plate.
That being said, Emergency Stopping was one of the biggest learning experiences I had in the safety course. Keeping my balance with all of that energy being absorbed into the suspension system was a challenge. (learning to stand on the pegs and balance the bike helped a-lot)
Braking fast and looking for "away out" of the collision is a combination to think about and consider.
Do you Emergency Brake, then slowly point for that ditch to avoid a truck that is crossing your path? After-all, that ditch may be a bit softer than the side of a truck.
Each situation is unique and each rider's bike and ability is different.
I find myself "looking for away out" even when there is no clear emergency.
I do this to cut reaction/decision time down. I also keep my distance from other motorist, because let's face it; no matter who is at fault, in the end the rider is going to loose some skin.