May 10, 2023


8:15AM - 4:00PM

Contact Hours



University of Virginia
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Zehmer Hall
104 Midmont Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903


This road safety workshop provides an overview of the legal duties and responsibilities of roadway personnel.  The overall goal of the class is to use the lessons learned from tort claims filed against road agencies to develop countermeasures to enhance traffic safety and reduce crashes.  Key legal concepts relating to the liability of roadway agencies are reviewed from a risk management standpoint.  Common types of claims/lawsuits brought against street departments and roadway agencies are identified through examples/case studies.  Examples include traffic control devices, work zones, roadway and shoulder surface conditions, sight distance, drainage, vegetation management and pedestrian incidents.  Risk management principles, aimed at: (1) reducing/preventing crashes and claims and (2) helping agencies defend claims, are highlighted.  Practical risk management activities are identified.


MODULE 1: Introduction—What Is a Tort and How Does it Relate to Road Safety?
MODULE 2: Duties of Road Agencies and Related Concepts
MODULE 3: Elements of a Tort Claim
MODULE 4: Defenses toTort Liability
MODULE 5: Agency and Employee Liability
MODULE 6: Tort Claims Process
MODULE 7: Examples of Common Tort Claims
MODULE 8: Principles of Risk Management to Reduce and Prevent Crashes
MODULE 9: Specific Measures to Reduce the Risk of Liability
MODULE 10: Case Studies—Traffic Safety Lessons Learned from Actual Tort Claims (including hazard trees, intersection traffic control, roadway drainage, roadside safety, temporary traffic control and crosswalks)


Ronald W. Eck

Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University is a Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 35 years. He is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia.

Who Should Attend

This workshop should be of interest to state and local roadway engineers and technicians (involved in design, construction, traffic operations, and maintenance), public works directors, roadway maintenance supervisors, and elected officials. The session will be beneficial to roadway personnel with responsibilities in traffic safety and countermeasure implementation.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $85.00
State/Federal: $140.00
Private Industry: $325.00
Tribes: $0

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.