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Occupant Kinematics for the Traffic Crash Reconstructionist   

This course will teach you how to recognize and interpret traffic crash evidence as it relates to occupant seating positions. We will show you how to determine the occupant movement from the crash damage and the subsequent injuries that resulted.

We will illustrate the basics of occupant movement and teach you how to ascertain the direction of movement during a collision. You will learn how to determine occupant seating positions and safety belt usage and we will examine the significance of airbag and other restraint deployments.

We’ll show you how to read the medical records that can be obtained with a warrant as well as autopsy reports of the injuries sustained by the vehicle’s occupants so you can understand how they relate to the investigation. When correlated with the vehicle damage, these reports can provide further evidence of occupant positions and movement.

Actual crashes will be used as case studies to allow you to put the theories into practice. This course is designed for traffic crash investigators who have a good working knowledge of the techniques and applications of formulas taught in basic crash investigation courses.

Topics Include

  • Calculation of PDOF
  • Occupant movement
  • Types of injury - contact and non-contact
  • Injury forces
  • Vehicle interior examination
  • Injury terminology
  • Occupant protection systems
  • Reading medical and autopsy records
  • Calculation of delta V


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

  • Scientific calculator
  • Traffic template




You must have completed, at a minimum, IPTM’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction course or its equivalent.

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Occupant Kinematics for the Traffic Crash Reconstructionist course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “The case studies brought all of the material together for an even better understanding.” – K.R.
  • “Great course. I will be able to apply what I learned in class to most, if not all, of my cases. The instructors were able to make the medical information understandable for a person with no medical background.” – G.S.
  • “I learned a lot from this course! Highly recommend this course to anybody investigating crashes involving serious injury or death. I will now be able to look at crashes differently and have a better understanding of who was sitting where!” – G.C.
  • “Life-changing! This class has expanded my knowledge for traffic crash reconstruction. I hope that our department will eventually send the entire team.” – K.J.
  • “One of the best classes I have attended. Excellent information that I will be able to apply immediately.” – Det. T. C.
  • “The entire course was beneficial. Both instructors are very good with teaching and made it easier to grasp!!” – Dep. P. M.
  • “Great class. I appreciated the videos and case studies. This is a great course for any traffic crash reconstructionist.” – Det. J.G.
  • “Both instructors were very knowledgeable and used relevant examples as well as humor to engage the class.” – Trooper S. P.


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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