Managing Roadway Risks - Navigating Legal Issues While Establishing and Preserving Design Immunity

  • Classroom

Claims of dangerous conditions on roadways, and particularly intersections, are some of the costliest claims for member agencies.  Understanding how to navigate through the various legal issues related to roadway claims is key to reducing losses, both in monetary funds and the human cost.  After receiving this training, attendees will understand how and when design immunity applies, identify elements of the immunity, understand how the immunity can be lost and resurrected, best practices for maintaining documents and lessons learned.  Additionally, attendees will learn how all of this fits into your overall risk management efforts and how the duties of public agencies, goals and standard of care fit in. 

Other topics covered by this training include how to handle public demand for action and response; the influence of city council or staff actions and statements during trials; and how traffic studies, temporary traffic calming, the installation and maintenance of crosswalks and the use of crossing guards all play a role in establishing or eliminating design immunity.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact the California JPIA training division by email,, within two business days of the training date, noting that the Authority is closed on Fridays. 

Topics Covered

  • Handling public demand for action and response
  • Influence of city council or staff actions and statements during trials
  • Establishing and eliminating design immunity


2.5 hours




As Needed

Who Should Attend:

All Employees