RISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. VOLUME 2. IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF RISK ELEMENTS FOR HIGHWAY SYSTEMS IN TORT LIABILITY

The report summarizes information on highway tort suits as reported inn the literature and in a survey of state practice and experience. The results illustrate the issues and problems that state DOTs face regarding tort liability. Concepts and definitions are explained with examples where possible. However, since most highway tort claims are resolved outside of court or at the level of a state's court of claims, very little case specific information has been published, because only a few states publish opinions of their courts of claims. Only a small percentage of the highway tort claims rise to the apellate level and become published in the apellate reporters. From previous state studies of highway tort liability and the analysis of existing case law, five states were chosen as representative of current trends regarding risk management associated with highway tort liability in state DOTs. A listing of common problem areas and preventative measures is derived from the information that was reviewed. The report concludes with example guideline which shows how state DOTs can use risk management to reduce tort liability for specific trouble areas in the highway system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville

    Center for Transportation Studies, P.O. Box 400742
    Charlottesville, VA  United States  22904-4742
  • Authors:
    • Hoel, L A
    • Demetsky, M J
    • Balog, A
    • Reagan, D
  • Publication Date: 1991-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 93 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00619528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MAUTC-UVA04-0191, UVA/529685/CE91/105
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1992 12:00AM