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Traffic Crash Reconstruction  


Traffic Crash Reconstruction builds upon IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation course by assisting you further in understanding vehicle dynamics. You will take part in a more intense study of time/distance calculations, two-dimensional momentum and impact speed calculations using momentum equations.

Topics Include

  • Derivation and origin of the commonly used speed formulas
  • Speed of vehicles at impact using conservation of linear momentum
  • Behavior of vehicles in a collision using Newton’s three laws of motion
  • Discussions of commercial vehicle and motorcycle dynamics in collisions
  • The determination of direction of travel, initial contact and position of vehicles on the roadway

This course includes extensive project work and controlled vehicle experiments to give you first hand experience in crash reconstruction. Each student will be required to diagram and analyze three different crash scenarios as well as complete vector sum analysis of each.


Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers

Course Length

80 hours


Because of the highly technical subject matter, it is mandatory for you to have successfully completed IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation (80 hours) course or its equivalent.

What to Bring

  • Scientific calculator
  • Compass
  • Work clothes for outside exercises
  • Photo or video (preferred) equipment to document outside testing
  • Three-ring binder (1 1/2")


For Florida Officers, this course will not qualify for Salary Incentive Credit for FDLE course "Traffic Accident Reconstruction."

ACTAR Information

An accredited individual may retake IPTM’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction course for ACTAR continuing education units only once every five years (after their initial five year accreditation period) for the purpose of updating their skills.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “In five years of engineering education and high school math, I never understood laws of cosine, etc. until the instructor explained it simply. I’ve always just relied on memorizing formulas: now I understand why and how they work. Thank you!” – C.P.
  • “Both instructors showed great patience and explained course material in a way that made it easy to understand.” – A.A.
  • “I liked the projects. I thought they were challenging enough to reinforce what we were learning.” – D.A.
  • “Open atmosphere to ask questions and have meaningful discussions.” – T.C.
  • “Really brings the previous two courses together and builds mathematical confidence.” – G.D.
  • “Lesson plans were well laid out. Instructor explained things well and made things easy to understand.” – J.L.
  • “Instructors were well prepared and knowledgeable of the topic.” – Anon.


Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    9/11/2017 - 9/22/2017 Scottsdale Arizona    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,095.00
Class will be held at:  Scottsdale Police Department District 1
Scottsdale Police Substation,  7601 East McKellips Road Scottsdale, AZ 85281
Instructor(s): Alun Ellis, Charles Presley

Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    10/9/2017 - 10/20/2017 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,095.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s): Alun Ellis, Frank Volpicella

Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    10/30/2017 - 11/10/2017 York Pennsylvania    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,095.00
Class will be held at:  York County Fire School
Classroom #1,  330 Emig Road York, PA 17406
Instructor(s): Alun Ellis, Frank Volpicella

Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    5/14/2018 - 5/25/2018 South Dennis Massachusetts    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,095.00
Class will be held at:  Dennis Police Department
Room TBD,  90 Bob Crowell Road South Dennis, MA 02660

Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    5/21/2018 - 6/1/2018 Beaverton Oregon    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,095.00
Class will be held at:  Beaverton Police Department
Room TBD,  4755 Southwest Griffith Drive Beaverton, OR 97005