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Introduction to Traffic Crash Dynamics   

Dynamics is a subject that can be quite complex and daunting. However, it need not be when we look to real world problems. Discretization of problems that are encountered enables the analyst to break complex problems into “bite sized” pieces that may be solved with relatively simple math. Problems in traffic crash dynamics are less about the math used to solve the problem than about the analyst’s ability to define the problem and realize in what direction the solution should take. In other words, let the problem tell you how to solve it. This requires a good problem-solving strategy that involves both sketching out the problem and developing a basic understanding of fundamental dynamics involved.

Topics Include

  • Concepts in physics
  • Forces acting on stopping vehicles
  • Application of Conservation of Linear Momentum
  • Understanding and performing spin analyses and critical speed yaw
  • Pole and narrow object impacts
  • Concepts in rotational mechanics
  • Time-distance analyses and projects
  • Damage momentum and damage energy analysis
  • Uniform projectile motion and airborne speed analysis
  • Fundamentals of rollover crash investigation


Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, prosecuting attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators, and graphic designers. It will also be quite useful for those teaching traffic crash reconstruction to their respective agencies or groups.

Course Length

40 hours


You must have successfully completed IPTM’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction course, or its equivalent OR senior level or above Civil Engineering students or practitioners.

What to Bring

  • Notetaking materials
  • Scientific calculator

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Introduction to Traffic Crash Dynamics course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs. 




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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