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Nov 28 - Nov 30
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
In Person

Municipal Liability: Traffic Collisions

Course Description
The course provides an in-depth understanding of municipalities’ exposure to liability due to their legal obligation to provide safe road facilities to the public, and how to avoid that costly exposure. The course explains the legal principle of “joint and several liability” in Canadian courts, and practical steps that municipalities can take to fulfill their legal obligations through proper design, inspection, maintenance, and documentation of road facilities. Several real-life examples will be discussed to explain how municipalities were found legally liable.

Course Content

  • Liability in designing roadways and Intersections
  • Liability in implementing traffic control devices
  • Liability in designing roadway/intersection lighting
  • Liability in routine road patrol and maintenance
  • Liability in winter patrol and maintenance
  • Liability in planning and designing road facilities dedicated to vulnerable road users
  • The importance of conducting routine traffic safety studies
  • Identifying and documenting design/maintenance flaws
  • Practical methods to address design/maintenance flaws
  • The benefits of using emerging technologies


Who Should Attend?
The primary target audience of this course are transportation professionals and risk managers involved with road design, inspection, and maintenance. Participants do not need to have formal engineering education. Example municipal positions that would be interested in taking the course include:

  • Transportation manager.
  • Transportation planning manager.
  • Transportation operations supervisor.
  • Transportation engineer.
  • Transportation planner.
  • Transportation technician.
  • Transportation technologist.
  • Traffic technician.
  • Road superintendent.
  • Any position involved with traffic/road safety.
  • Any managerial position involved with public works, transportation services, risk management, or design and construction.


Course participants are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the level-of-service standards adopted by their respective municipalities regarding the design, inspection, and maintenance of road facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a scientific calculator that may be needed to answer the quizzes and the final exam.


What to bring:

  1. Pen and Pencil.
  2. Scientific calculator or a scientific calculator app on your smartphone.
  3. An Internet-connected device (e.g., a smartphone, laptop) for the daily quizzes and to participate in the course polls.
  4. The course polls will be done using Slido. To participate in the polls, you may download the Slido app (from Apple App Store or Google Play Store) or access the polls from any browser.


Evaluation Process
Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Quiz 1


Day 1

Quiz 2


Day 2

Course Project


Due 1 week after course completion

Final Exam


Day 3





A final grade of 60% is required to pass the course.

Essam Dabbour, Ph.D., P. Eng

The lead trainer of the course is Dr. Essam Dabbour who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of road design and traffic safety. Before joining Advantage Forensics in early 2020, Dr. Dabbour was a university professor who taught university students different courses related to the field of road design and traffic safety. In addition to his current position at Advantage Forensics, Dr. Dabbour is also an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University, where he has been providing academic and technical advice for several student groups to successfully complete their graduation projects. Dr. Dabbour is also an active researcher in the field of road design and traffic safety, and he presented his research findings in more than 20 international conferences around the world. Furthermore, Dr. Dabbour has also published the findings of his research in more than 55 technical papers that were published in highly reputable peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and refereed conference proceedings. Dr. Dabbour is also a reviewer for several leading scientific journals to review technical papers in the field of road design and traffic safety.


Jason Young, M.A.Sc., P. Eng

The co-trainer of the course is Mr. Jason Young who has been a licensed professional engineer in Ontario since 2002. Mr. Young has been qualified by the Superior courts of Ontario, Quebec, P.E.I., and California as an expert on more than 20 occasions, including the fields of human factors, biomechanical assessment, and reconstruction of traffic accidents. As a forensic expert engineer in the field for over 20 years, Mr. Young has investigated over 2500 forensic engineering cases, including cases related to human factors, biomechanical assessment, and the reconstruction of traffic collisions. Mr. Young has been retained as an expert engineer by more than 30 municipalities across Ontario (e.g., Ottawa, York Region, Simcoe, Waterloo, Chatham, Thunder Bay, etc.) as well as the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO). Mr. Young has also been a featured guest expert in the media regarding human factors in traffic collisions, including CBC, CTV, Global News, the National Post, and Macleans Canada.


Centre for Health and Safety Innovation | 5110 Creekbank Rd., Mississauga, ON


November 28, 2022 - Nov 30
8:30 am - 5:00 pm