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Advanced Accident Investigation
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Advanced Accident Investigation
(2 Days)

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Course Benefits of Adv. Accident Investigation:

  1. Understand reconstructive principles involved in accident investigations;
  2. Recognize and evaluate damage to vehicle lamps and determine if they were on or off at impact;
  3. Develop an understanding of vehicle and occupant dynamics during crashes;
  4. Recognize the principles of kinetic energy and momentum in accident investigation issues;
  5. Understand the relationship of time, distance and reaction times;
  6. Address issues which affect heavy vehicles in acceleration and deceleration and their rates and factors;
  7. Use a perspective grid photograph to make measurements;
  8. Understand the litigation process;
  9. Evaluate tire damage to determine if it is a cause of the accident; and
  10. Learn to use mathematical formulas to make advanced speed determinations.

Course Description

A continuation of the basic Accident Investigation course, which stresses problem solving with field exercises and case studies.  Students are provided the data necessary to perform calculations followed by analysis and reconstruction of actual case studies.

  •             Reconstruction/Part 1 - The discussion includes how and why accident reconstructions are made, principles involved and procedures used, and principles of energy and momentum.
  •             Accident Evidence Procedures - A review of the procedures for analyzing tires and lamps from vehicles involved in accidents.
  •             Perspective Grid Photography - The procedure for using photographs for analyzing accidents is outlined, along with practical exercises by students.
  •             Reconstruction/Part 2 - Covers reconstruction of speeds from skid slides, vaults, etc.  The student is provided  with sufficient data to perform practical calculations, followed by analysis, and projects in time/distance/acceleration relationships.
  •             Reconstruction of Case Studies - Project work on sample accidents under the guidance of the instructor.
  •             Litigation - Gathering information, selecting experts, preserving evidence, and determining court admissibility in preparation for legal action.
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