You will receive an overview of the legal duties and responsibilities of roadway personnel.
Key legal concepts relating to the liability of roadway agencies are reviewed from a risk management standpoint. Common types of claims and lawsuits brought against street departments and highway agencies are identified through examples and case studies, along with examples including traffic control devices, work zones, roadway and shoulder surface conditions, sight distance and pedestrian incidents. Risk management principles and activities, aimed at reducing and preventing crashes and claims and helping agencies defend claims, will be highlighted.
Specific topics covered will include: brief background to the legal process, elements of a tort claim, agency and employee liability, tort claims process, analysis of tort claims data, defenses to tort liability, principles of risk management, specific measures to reduce the risk of liability, litigation activities and case studies.