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Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction  

While many crash investigation courses focus on the interpretation of physical evidence to determine "how" a collision occurred, this course will examine a variety of human factors to determine "why" a collision occurred.

This course utilizes lectures, discussions, in-class demonstrations and outside field exercises to give you an appreciation for the importance of human factors in explaining collision causation. You will gain an understanding of how frail human evidence is and why the ability to interpret and analyze physical evidence is critical to the success of any collision investigator.

In addition to the driver, vehicle and roadway characteristics that must be considered in an investigation, this course also addresses the nature of perception and reaction, the factors affecting the investigator's choice of perception-reaction values as well as eyewitness reliability.

Topics Include

  • The nature of the driving task
  • Factors affecting driving performance, such as age, alcohol/drug use, fatigue, divided attention, driver distraction, and many others
  • Human vision/perception and how we see anything in the driving environment
  • The nature of driver perception and reaction and how to assign times
  • Day vs. night
  • Computerized perception-reaction time estimation
  • Driver looking behavior
  • The value and reliability of eyewitness evidence
  • Eyewitness evidence versus physical evidence
  • Important vehicle and roadway factors that should be considered

Audience

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

Course Length

40 hours

What to Bring

Required
  • Stop watch or similar timing device
Recommended
  • Camera and equipment to document field exercises
  • Flash drive (2GB or higher)

Prerequisite(s)

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

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “This was absolutely useful. Eyewitness recollections will impact my career for the rest of my career. This course opened my eyes to the limitations.” – T.S.
  • “I loved the exercises that demonstrated how the mind works.” – M.W.
  • “Excellent addition to ped/bike course.” – M.G.
  • “Mr. Robins was an excellent instructor. He made the course material interesting and easy to understand. He is a very engaging instructor who was very knowledgeable.” – D.O.
  • “Involved projects to solidify knowledge that can also be applied as first hand knowledge for testimony in court.” – P.G.
  • “The topics covered are relevant to current reconstruction issues including cell phone technology use in vehicles.” – D.R.
  • “Patrick Robins was an outstanding instructor. He is very knowledgeable and somehow not only made very dry material digestible, but very enjoyable.” – S.D.

 

Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    2/12/2018 - 2/16/2018 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM  Fee: $0.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s): Patrick Robins
Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    2/12/2018 - 2/16/2018 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM  Fee: $825.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Attention Florida Officers:   A limited number of tuition grants are available for this class.
Click here to register via the Florida Grant Funded Training catalog.
Instructor(s): Patrick Robins
 

Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    5/21/2018 - 5/25/2018 Scottsdale Arizona    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $825.00
Hotel and Location Information:  Scottsdale Police Department - Police and Fire
Scottsdale Police and Fire Training Center,  911 North Stadem Drive Scottsdale , AZ 85281
Instructor(s): Patrick Robins
 

Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    12/10/2018 - 12/14/2018 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $825.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s): Patrick Robins