Mr. Tardif has served on committees of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for more than 30 years. He has been a member of the Tort and Risk Management Committee, a member of the Context Sensitive Design Task Force, and a consultant on liability issues to the Bicycle Committee. Mr. Tardif is a frequent speaker on transportation liability issues for the TRB. He has also served on the 23 U.S.C. § 409 subcommittee, which focuses on the federal statute restricting the use of highway safety data in lawsuits against transportation authorities.

Mr. Tardif has been a member since 2005, and the chair since 2009, of the oversight committee for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) on Project 20-6. This Project is the ongoing NCHRP research of legal problems arising out of highway programs. The research is done by contractors and overseen by TRB technical staff and Mr. Tardif’s committee.

Mr. Tardif was the author of the multi-state amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of 23 U.S.C. § 409 in Pierce County v. Guillen, 537 U.S. 129 (2003). This statute generally bars admission of highway safety documents in evidence.

Mr. Freimund also has successfully defended the State and local governments in numerous lawsuits alleging negligent road design, maintenance and signing claims.

Claims We Defend

  • Highway construction and design claims
  • Highway maintenance and signing claims
  • Claims for failure to improve highways or implement safety upgrades
  • Inverse condemnation claims
  • Discovery and records requests for privileged highway safety data (23 U.S.C. § 409)

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