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For Immediate Release: April 24, 2012

Road and Bridge Tort Reform Measure Is Now Law

Montgomery – State Rep. Wes Long (R – Guntersville) on Tuesday announced that Gov. Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 134, a tort reform measure carried in the House by Long and sponsored by State Sen. Clay Scofield (R – Arab), into law.

The new law will limit the civil liability of a contractor for work performed on a highway, road, bridge or street, including repairs, construction or maintenance on behalf of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the county or local government, unless it is shown by a preponderance of evidence that physical injury, property damage or death is caused by the contractor’s performance or inability of the contractor to recognize a dangerous condition.

“It is important that contractors, construction companies and similar small businesses are given protections from civil lawsuits as long as they provide quality work in return,” Long said. “Far too often, overzealous plaintiff lawyers eye road builders when accidents occur, even when projects have long been completed and the accident was not their fault.
“This much needed legislation offers contractors a measure of protection from lawsuits without requiring local governments to shoulder any additional responsibility.  In these tough economic times when jobs are scarce and many small businesses are struggling to survive, this new law should help grow our economy while making needed infrastructure improvements across the state,” Long, a first-term member of the Alabama House, added.

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