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Traffic Crash Reconstruction Update  

This course will provide you with the latest theories and methodologies of crash reconstruction and expand your knowledge of the principles of collision analysis.

Much more than “just a refresher” class, we will present topics that have previously received limited coverage as well as many new ones. While the course can be thought of as “in-service” training for traffic crash reconstructionists, ACTAR candidates will also find it beneficial.

We will review the mathematical equations that are used in conjunction with crash data to interpret how a collision occurred. Emphasis will be placed upon skid characteristics, spin analysis, critical speed yaw analysis and friction. The concepts of time-distance, uniform circular motion, pole impacts, conservation of linear momentum and using simultaneous equations to solve inline collisions are just a few of the topics that will be covered.

As part of the course, you will be required to complete several in-class projects and a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary project designed to reinforce the class material.

Topics Include

  • Geometry, trigonometry and selected mathematical topics
  • Dynamics and Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Skid analysis and testing
  • Critical speed yaw analysis
  • Time-distance analysis
  • Concepts in rotational mechanics
  • Pole and narrow object impacts
  • Conservation of linear momentum
  • Fundamentals of rollover crash reconstruction
  • Uniform projectile motion and airborne speed analysis


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

Course Length

40 hours


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

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Traffic Crash Reconstruction Update course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “The practical course project that worked through all concepts covered was beneficial. Good refresher/update on currently used practices.” – Ofc. D.G.
  • “John’s great. Well–versed, knowledgeable and explains complex topics to a laymen level very well.” – Det. R.G.
  • “Wonderful instruction and an excellent course.” – Det. S.A.
  • “I learned new information and now understand previous information better. Andy kept the class moving, on time, no dead time, and kept it interesting. He shared a wealth of information and was willing to help students understand.” – Det. J.C.
  • “Andy thoroughly enjoys teaching and it is reflected in his attitude towards students. Always does a great job.” – Crash Inv. N.G.
  • “Great training. Thank you very much for another great week.” – Sgt. L.L.


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