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Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation   


Building upon the theories and techniques learned in IPTM’s At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation course, this class will delve into the advanced concepts of traffic crash investigations.

More complex vehicle dynamics like acceleration/deceleration, factor, rate and airborne situations will be explored. You will learn to estimate speeds from falls, vaults, and flips and the calculation of kinetic energy and linear momentum. You’ll also learn to evaluate vehicle lamps, tires, and damage to help determine vehicle behaviors during the collision.

Much of the coursework will be spent using acceleration/deceleration factors and perception/reaction times to determine time/distance relationships for colliding vehicles.

IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation will prepare you for a variety of advanced and specialty courses in traffic crash investigations.

Topics Include

  • Speed estimates from kinetic energy, skidmarks, scuffmarks and airborne situations
  • Vehicle dynamics and motion
  • Time, distance, and motion equations
  • Conservation of momentum equations
  • Center of mass calculation
  • Vehicle lamp examination
  • Tire damage evaluation
  • Vector sum analysis


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

Course Length

80 hours


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

What to Bring


  • Calculator with square root, sine/co-sine, and parentheses () functions
  • Compass
  • Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)


  • Camera and equipment to document field exercises
  • Three-ring binder for handouts


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

You should review all formulas and work from your basic or At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation course prior to coming to class.

Courses in the Series




What Our Students Are Saying

  • "This was a wonderful class. The instructors are experts in their fields. Every day I learned and benefitted from this course. There is a reason my department only uses IPTM for traffic courses." – Ofc. G.H.
  • "This was an excellent course as it broadened my understanding on how to investigate traffic collisions. The course provided clarity on most of the formulas and now I have a better understanding on how to apply the formulas and what they do." – Ofc. S.T.
  • “Instructors were very helpful and patient with us. They were able to come down to our level and teach in a very in-depth yet easy to understand way. It was a very enjoyable experience.” – G.K.
  • “Instructors were accessible and willing to meet after hours for extra help.” – S.W.
  • “The hands on a linear perimeter measuring at the tow yard help to understand the concept as opposed to just seeing it on a PowerPoint.” – Anon.
  • “The pace of the class was set up such that every student was able to stay on track.” – M.Y.
  • “Great instructors. They took a very hard to learn course with lots of stuff to learn, and they instructed it in a manner that I was able to grasp it firmly.” – J.H.
  • “This course was excellent and the instructors were incredible. If I had a problem understanding something they were able to break it down in a way that I could understand.” – J.W.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.





Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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