Oct 26

Risk Management Lessons Learned from Lawsuits Against Local Road Agencies

Event Details

October 26, 2023


This free webinar will begin at 12:00 p.m. (Central Time)


Details to access the Webex webinar will be emailed along with a confirmation after you register.

Event Contact
Keith Knapp
InTrans, Iowa LTAP


A road agency’s legal duties and the implications of tort liability are discussed in this webinar. The speaker examined about 50 fatal and serious injury crashes on low-volume roads from his forensic experience, and the results of this analysis will be presented. Noteworthy findings include the role of driveways as a source of contamination of the roadway surface and the significance of transitions such as from a paved road to gravel road or from one cross-section width to another. Risk management strategies discussed include conducting operational reviews, paying attention to written and spoken words, regularly reviewing policies and manuals, safety training for maintainers, and good documentation.

Speaker Bio

Ronald W. Eck, PE, PhD, is professor emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and director of the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). His 45-year career has focused on roadway safety and pedestrians. As a forensic engineer, he has testified in 20 states.