Michigan's Act 170 is discussed, judgements issued in 3 cases are reviewed, and the development of a positive program of response to tort litigation is outlined. Five factors are identified which are necessary to establish liability: the existence of a hazard that is the proximate cause of the accident; knowledge by the responsible agency of the hazard; failure to correct the hazard; failure to warn of the hazard; and the availability of method, time and funds to correct the hazard. The importance of an effective accident surveillance for a legally defensible safety program is emphasized. The categorization of road types, the study of concentrations of accident types and the identification of high accident locations are equally important. A 11-step review-analysis procedure to ensure that all identified locations are subjected to critical engineering appraisal is outlined.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 4-6
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00144031
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1976 12:00AM