Road safety audits and their scope to reduce legal liability

Road authorities in most countries around the world with advanced legal cultures, are exposed to some form of legal liability for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of their road networks. It is unreasonable for anyone in any profession to assume that work undertaken by any professional will be perfect. Whilst advancements in technology and processes can help us reach our goal towards a perfect world or environment, until that time we can only strive to improve. Road safety audits have the potential to reduce accident occurrence and its associated costs and trauma by implementing quality assurance techniques to remove or rectify road safety hazards. The additional benefit is that road safety audits can assist road authorities in lessening their exposure to legal liability, improve the road networks they manage, and produce an overall improvement to the existing quality of their networks. This paper discusses how the legal system views the existing exposure to legal liability, discusses a number of cases where the road system has failed, and how road safety audits could have prevented the failures before any incident occurred.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 55-65
  • Monograph Title: Road accidents in their legal context

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01435771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0868569895
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 7:15PM