Summarized is one of the reports found in "Transportation Research Board Circular No. 361, July 1990, concerning transportation tort liability cases. Findings were that only 12 percent of the states responding to the survey have full sovereign immunity; annual claims and suits increased from 1972 to 1986 from 2,168 to between 24,000 and 27,000; pending claims increased over 100 percent while the dollar value of such claims increased between 300 and 400 percent between 1978 and 1987; settlements and judgments went from $6,297,000 in FY 1975 to $117,613,000 in FY 1985; types of claims differed from state to state; types of claims included flying objects, slip and fall, insufficient warning of hazard, defective road surface, defective design, potholes, and failure to maintain; and that most states presently have some type of tort claims act which allows for a jury trial and puts a ceiling on the amount of monetary damages to be awarded.

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    TranSafety, Incorporated

    5811 Oak Leather Drive
    Burke, VA  United States  22015
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, R W G
  • Publication Date: 1990-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 4-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 8
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: TranSafety, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0884-612X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00497223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM