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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.

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 and a 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.

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Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation
    9/23/2019 - 10/4/2019 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

Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation
    4/20/2020 - 5/1/2020 Dover New Hampshire    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,095.00
Location Information:  Dover Police Department
Room TBD,  46 Chestnut Street Dover, NH 03820