Conflicting Signals. There are some cities that will invoke immunity from liability if conflicting signals cause an injury. That will not necessarily be the case though. For example, if traffic signals were not positioned properly, immunity may not be applicable and a city or public entity may be liable for any losses caused by their negligence.
Not Enough Time To Cross. Traffic signals may not be programmed properly and may not allow a pedestrian enough time to safely cross a street. Cross time must be enough for a pedestrian to cross, and the amount of time must be based on the distance necessary to cross from light post to light post. Therefore, a city can be held liable for any losses caused as a result of such programming errors.
Malfunctioning Signals. Malfunctioning signals are another example of city negligence. In the event of a malfunctioning traffic signal, a transportation department must provide adequate warnings for motorists to be aware of the malfunctioning traffic signals. Liability can be incurred for not providing enough warning to pedestrians.
Poorly Visible Stop Signs. Anytime a public entity places a stop sign in an incorrect position or does not remove objects blocking the clear view of a stop sign, a city can be held liable. It’s possible that a city may claim the injured pedestrian was hurt because of his or her own negligence. Such an argument would likely not be successful. In most cases, a city will be held liable for any injuries caused as a result of a poorly placed stop sign.