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Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes  

This course is designed for experienced traffic crash investigators who have a good working knowledge of the techniques and applications of formulas taught in basic crash investigation courses and who wish to build upon that foundation with more advanced mathematical formulas used to analyze motorcycle crashes.

Various field tests will be conducted showing you a variety of motorcycle skids, accelerations and slide-to-stop drag factors. You will learn how to photograph skids and examine the subsequent effects that skids have on the tires and surfaces. Through these tests, you will gain valuable first-hand experience that can be beneficial in court proceedings.

You will be given a manual of applicable information to use as a motorcycle reference book.

Topics Include

  • Analyzing and interpreting the motorcycle crash scene
  • Determining acceleration and deceleration characteristics of the motorcycle
  • Analyzing and interpreting modes of instability and handling characteristics in motorcycles
  • Interpreting the operator factor
  • Reviewing motorcycle tires, helmets and other equipment
  • Using a practical application of formulas (projects)


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

Course Length

40 hours


You must have completed, at a minimum, IPTM’s At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation course or its equivalent.

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.


You should bring a scientific calculator and a traffic template to class.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “In field exercises helped me better understand class concepts.” – V.B.
  • “Teachers are very knowledgeable and they are able to explain formulas in terms that make it easy to understand and use for the normal accident investigator.” – C.B.
  • “I would recommend prospective motor officers first take this type of course prior to attending motor school. A lots of valuable knowledge can be taken away from this course and applied not only toward investigations, but also toward motorcycle operation.” – M.C.
  • “A lot of information provided even for someone familiar with motorcycles. Made as simple as possible through exercises and working through scenarios. This was an informative class and even being a motor officer and general motorcycle enthusiasts I still found it very informative and interesting.” – J.W.


Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes
    9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017 Brooks Oregon    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $795.00
Class will be held at:  Brooks Regional Training Center
Room TBD,  4910 Brooklake Road NE Brooks, OR 97305
Instructor(s): David Benn, Keith Rodaway

Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes
    10/16/2017 - 10/20/2017 Tempe Arizona    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $795.00
Class will be held at:  Tempe Police Department
Apache Substation,  1855 East Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281
Instructor(s): Albert Baxter, Keith Rodaway

Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes
    10/30/2017 - 11/3/2017 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $795.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s): David Benn, James Sloan