You will receive an overview of the legal duties and responsibilities of roadway personnel.

Key legal concepts relating to the liability of roadway agencies are reviewed from a risk management standpoint. Common types of claims and lawsuits brought against street departments and highway agencies are identified through examples and case studies, along with examples including traffic control devices, work zones, roadway and shoulder surface conditions, sight distance and pedestrian incidents. Risk management principles and activities, aimed at reducing and preventing crashes and claims and helping agencies defend claims, will be highlighted.

Specific topics covered will include: brief background to the legal process, elements of a tort claim, agency and employee liability, tort claims process, analysis of tort claims data, defenses to tort liability, principles of risk management, specific measures to reduce the risk of liability, litigation activities and case studies.

Who Should Attend

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


Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E. is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and former Director of the West Virginia LTAP Center.  He currently serves as Senior Adviser with the WV LTAP Center.  Ron has been involved in traffic engineering and traffic safety for more than 30 years.  He has taught courses such as Introduction to Traffic Engineering and Traffic Engineering Operations at WVU.


  • Feb 5 – Reno: 8:30am-4:30pm, TMCC Meadowood Campus, 5270 Neil Rd., room MDWS 104
  • Feb 7 – Winnemucca: 8:30am-4:30pm, Winnemucca Convention Center, 50 Winnemucca Blvd.
  • Feb 7 – Elko: 8:30am-4:30pm, Great Basin College, 1500 College Parkway, room GHTC 111


Our Registration Form can be completed online, printed and submitted via email or fax.

Road Scholar

This class is a required course in the Road Scholar program.

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