TE-56 Meeting the Challenges of Transportation Liability and Risk Management

Please Note:   This is an online class

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Class Information

Location

  Location: Online   (Online, )

Instructors

  Instructor Information 

Date and Time

This class begins on 05/01/2019 and ends on 05/08/2019. The class meets W, Th & Tu, W : 10:00 AM - 12 N, 2 Sessions.

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Notes

This class has four, two-hour sessions.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 :: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon :: Pacific Time

Thursday, May 2, 2019 :: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon :: Pacific Time

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 :: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon :: Pacific Time

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 :: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook.

Please make sure we have your updated contact information and you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture. We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes.

If you're worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator, Jenny Grandbois, the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you don't test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

Class Fees

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)Standard fee$ 290.00

CEUs: 0.80

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Description

A major and continuing need of highway and transportation departments involves assembling, analyzing, and evaluating operating practices, administrative procedures, and legal issues associated with highway and transportation projects. Individual state legal experiences need to be compared and made available for possible wider application. Research to identify and evaluate legal options and how this facilitates the handling of both immediate and long-range needs of engineering, planning, and administrative aspects of transportation programs will be discussed.

The intent of the webinar is to improve public agency practices to improve their defense and reduce future claims. This can be done by being aware of certain design elements that frequently expose cities to liability, or create unnecessary risk. The webinar will cover design or traffic control device usage or operational/maintenance issues that frequently are overlooked or ignored, and end up causing problems. This webinar will also focus on tort liability litigation practices and cases involving the exercise of discretion in design and try to provide a framework for determining successful strategies employed when dealing with design decisions, especially when made following the principles of context sensitive solutions. The most recent sources of information will be identified participants can obtain additional information on a variety of topics. Although the cases discussed will involve lawsuits resulting from highway design, the information provided will help civil engineers involved as witnesses in various types of litigation.

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Topics Include

The webinar will try to help participants understand the concepts of design negligence and how to avoid it, and design immunity, and how to document design decisions and operational procedures to allow agencies to utilize design immunity as viable defense strategy. The webinar will explain liability concepts applicable in California including:
  • Claims against Public agencies
  • Joint and Several Liability
  • Dangerous and Defective Conditions
  • Design Immunity Defense
The webinar will cover the basics of document production including:
  • Responding to Notice to Produce
  • Special Interrogatories
  • Request for Admissions
  • Declarations
  • Summary Judgement Motions
  • Settlements
Subjects will include how to respond to questions from attorneys and become an effective witness in depositions and at trial. The webinar will also focus on the importance of understanding of the tort litigation process and surviving the tort litigation process. The instructors will discuss the importance of documentation in context sensitive solutions design work and how to prepare to be an effective witness in the litigation process. A significant portion of the webinar will concentrate on what can be learned from many different cases filed against public agencies.

Outcomes:

This course will help employees improve their agency practices to improve their defense and reduce future claims. The course will cover design or traffic control device usage or operational/maintenance issues that frequently are overlooked or ignored, and end up causing problems or legal action. The main learning outcomes will include but be not limited to:
  • Understanding concepts of liability for design or maintenance of public infrastructure.
  • Covering the basics of document production, responding to public records requests, notices to produce documents, special interrogatories, request for admissions.
  • How to behave, respond and provide focused responses to questions posed by attorneys during depositions and at trial from an engineer's perspective.
  • Learning about a variety of tort liability litigation practices
  • Understanding how highway design practices are challenged in various situations
  • Exploring concept of discretion as a strategy in government tort liability
  • Understanding the importance of balancing factors in addressing the needs of all road users.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will benefit transportation professionals (engineers and planners) who work for consultants, cities, counties, and state agencies involved in designing roadway projects. This course is designed for individuals with some background and training in designing streets and intersections who are interested in learning more about tort liability, and how it relates to the highway design process. The course may also be helpful to the staff of public agencies who are involved with street and roadway maintenance on a day to day basis.

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Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you are worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you do not test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

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