Tort Liability/Risk Management
This class provides 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/lawsuits brought against street departments and roadway agencies are identified through examples and case studies. Risk management principles, aimed at 1) reducing and preventing crashes and claims and 2) helping agencies defend claims will be highlighted. Practical risk management activities will also be identified.
Upon completion of the class, attendees should be able to:
Understand the elements of a tort claim
Understand agency and employee liability
Understand the tort claims process
Understand the principles of risk management
Understand measures to reduce the risk of tort liability
This class should be of interest to roadway engineers and technicians (involved in design, construction, traffic operations, and maintenance), public works directors, roadway maintenance supervisors, and elected/appointed officials.