Transportation agencies are subject to increasing numbers of tort suits brought against them for improper performance and alleged deficiencies. The objectives of this synthesis are to familiarize organizations and their employees with this changing situation, make them aware of their duties and responsibilities to the traveling public, and recommend steps that can be taken to mitigate tort liability. Specific recommendations are set forth to minimize tort liability under each of a typical agency's functional areas--managing, planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining facilities. The proposed actions are directed primarily toward public agencies having responsibilities for highway systems. Much of the information presented, however, should also be of interest and value to other groups and functions. The same principles are applicable to all facets of a department of transportation. Much of the material is also pertinent to quasi-public agencies, such as toll highway authorities, and to private companies, such as highway contractors. (Author)

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    • Lewis, R M
  • Publication Date: 1983-12

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 40 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00386441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 367
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1985 12:00AM