Tort Liability in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

by Gary L. Gittings, Pennsylvania State Univ, University, Park, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Effectiveness of Highway Safety Improvements


During the past decade many have questioned the propriety of the doctrine of sovereign immunity; numerous legal challenges and legislative changes have eroded the doctrine in most states. Following the 1979 modification of sovereign immunity legislation in Pennsylvania, the number of tort claims and lawsuits against the department of transportation has grown rapidly. In response, a study was made of the principal highway condition factors associated with tort legal actions and of the department's risk management. This paper reports the results of that study.

Subject Headings: Liability | Legislation | Risk management | Traffic safety | Erosion | Claims | Highway and road conditions | Highways and roads | Pennsylvania | United States

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