The complementary roles of road safety audits and the law of torts in promoting road safety

The law of torts, and particularly the tort of negligence, determines whether road authorities may be liable to compensate road users who are injured as a result of the manner in which authorities construct, manage and repair roads. The Austroads Manual states that road authorities' effective management of the Australian road network will benefit from the use of road safety audits. The primary role of these audits is the prevention and reduction in severity of road accidents. Allied to this is the role of reducing the costs of remedial treatment of roads and of road accidents. This paper will examine the role the law of torts has to play in complementing the role of road safety audits. In so doing the paper will examine the nature of the complementary relationship between road safety audits and the tort of negligence. It will also examine the circumstances in which a road safety audit may be relevant to the development of the law as it effects road users, road authorities and those who conduct road safety audits.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 73-84
  • Monograph Title: Road accidents in their legal context

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  • Accession Number: 01435773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0868569895
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 7:15PM