Online instructor-led course conducted over five consecutive weeks.
FIRST IN THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CRASH INVESTIGATION SERIES
You must register at least 7 days before the start date if you're in the US and 21 if you're outside the US.
This intensive course will cover the unique characteristics of commercial motor vehicles and the special dynamics at play when one is involved in a collision.
Detailed information of the nomenclature and operation of commercial motor vehicles will provide you with a level of competence needed to have an adequate understanding of mechanical components, parts and pieces of the commercial motor vehicle and how they may factor into your investigation. To reinforce the concepts presented, you will conduct “hands-on” exercises and vehicle testing during the course.
- Tractor-trailer nomenclature
- Brake systems: configuration and operation
- Wheels, rims and tires
- Steering suspensions and frames
- Trailer coupling devices - fifth wheels
- Driver concerns - log books
- Vehicle components
- Center of mass determinations
- Skid mark measurements and speed analysis
- Vehicle dynamics in braking
- Weight shifting
Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers
This course is designed for traffic crash investigators who have completed, at a minimum, IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation course or its equivalent. You should have a good working knowledge of the techniques and applications of the formulas presented in the basic course, as the presentation of mathematical formulas will build upon techniques already used by investigators.
Courses in the Series
IPTM's Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation - Level I (Online) course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.
IMPORTANT: You will need to provide a scientific calculator. Other required training and reference materials will be shipped to you before the first day of class.
Online environment: This course is interactive, instructor-led, and divided into weekly modules. At the end of each week, the current module will close and a new module will open. This way, the entire class progresses through the materials together, just like classroom training. There are no provisions for you to skip modules or work ahead of the rest of the class.
This is not a self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments each week by the deadlines posted within the course. Hence, you must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion. You should plan to dedicate an average of five to eight hours per week to the course activities.
The instructors will be available by email and on discussion boards throughout the course. They will be your guides and will assist you with questions and advanced discussions at every step along the way.
Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required. Some assignments will require you to upload a scanned or photographed project.
This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.