Section 6-5-701

Reliance upon specifications.

A contractor is justified ordinarily in relying upon the specifications that are contained in the contract with an awarding authority. No contractor shall be held civilly liable for work performed on a highway, road, bridge, or street including repairs, construction, or maintenance on behalf of the awarding authority unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence that physical injury, property damage, or death is proximately caused by any of the following:

(1) A failure by the contractor to follow the plans and specifications resulting in a dangerous condition.

(2) The contractor’s performance of the contract in compliance with the plans and specifications creates a condition that should have appeared, to a reasonably prudent contractor, to be a dangerous condition.

(3) A latent defect which creates a dangerous condition that is the result of the work of the contractor.

(Act 2012-225, p. 414, §2.)