Keeping Your Agency (And You!) Out of Court (virtual)

This course is scheduled for May 29-30, 2024 (9:00am – 12:00pm PT).

Can you effectively do your job in a way that minimizes liability for yourself and the agency? Join this class to discover practical tips for every level of your organization.

This workshop introduces essential components of tort liability and risk management for transportation workers. Participants will increase their knowledge of assessing and managing the risk of tort liability, considering negligence, documenting their work, and preparing for court if necessary.

Participants will explore a variety of scenarios and case studies in this highly engaging and interactive virtual training. Claims and lawsuit case studies include traffic control devices, work zones, roadside conditions, roadway design, and pedestrian incidents.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the implications of tort liability risk for roadway agencies. (Key topics: tort, duty, reasonableness, standard of care, negligence, and the four elements necessary for tort action to proceed to trial);
  2. Describe the elements of the tort liability process. (Key topics: discovery, depositions, steps in a trial, and handling contacts from outside the agency);
  3. Identify at least five common roadway and pedestrian hazards and propose countermeasures for each hazard. (Key topics: tort liability risk, enterprise-wide strategies, personal responsibility and strategies, and risk reduction techniques).

Who Should Attend

This training is recommended for transportation agency personnel who need to manage risk and may be involved in legal proceedings. This may include:

  • State and local roadway engineers and technicians involved in design, construction, traffic operations, and maintenance;
  • Public works directors;
  • Roadway maintenance foremen and supervisors;
  • Elected officials.

Keeping Your Agency (and You) Out of Court is a required course of the Road Scholar Program.


Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E. is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Director of the West Virginia LTAP Center. Ron’s career has focused on traffic engineering and roadway safety. He has been involved in forensic engineering matters for 40 years and has testified in roadway cases in 20 states.


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The non-refundable/non-transferable registration fee is $20 and is payable by check or credit card. Payment must be received prior to the first day of class.

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For questions, please call 217-693-3290 or email April Marshall.

Keeping Your Agency (And You) Out of Court (virtual)