Traffic Accident Reconstruction I

Traffic Accident Reconstruction I

11-05-18 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614
5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-North Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

Traffic Accident Reconstruction I

Instructor: Charles Lamb, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

This class is funded through the Police Traffic Services Training Project along with Illinois Department of Traffic Safety and the Illinois Law enforcement Training and Standards Board

November 5-9 and November 12-16, 2018
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: October 29, 2018
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 20
Course Objective
Through lectures, course material, and the analysis of real-world case studies you will be provided the training you need to successfully reconstruct traffic crashes. You will learn to find undetected facts in available information and learn to deduce from these facts the circumstances that will prove or disprove a theory of how a crash occurred.
Course Content
  • Vehicle Dynamics
    Basic Equations of Motion
    Newton’s Law of Motion
    Weight Shift in Slowing
    Resultant Drag Factor
  • Basic Statics
    Sum of Moments & Forces
    Computation of the Location of Center of Gravity
  • Heavy Truck Accident Reconstruction
    Breaking Capabilities
    Speed Estimates
    Roll Over Problems
    Speed from Gear Ratios
  • Conservation of Momentum
    Collinear Collisions
    Oblique Collisions
    Vector Diagrams
  • Energy
    Kinetic Energy
    Speed Estimates from Damage
    Vehicle Collapse and Direction of Thrust
  • Additional Considerations
    Angles of Collision and and Maximum Engagement
    Driver Strategy and Tactics
    The Computer in Traffic Accident Reconstruction
  • Case Presentation
    Report Writing
  • Case Studies
    Opposite – Direction Collision
    Same-Direction Collision
    Angel Collisions
    Truck Accidents
Materials Needed for Course

Scientific Calculator (with “SIN” & “COS”) and Laptop or MDC

Who Should Attend

This course is designed with traffic Reconstructionists in mind. Participants must possess skills normally learned during on-scene and technical accident investigation training (Crash 1 and 2) and improved with experience. These skills include the ability to prepare after-accident situation maps, classify and interpret vehicle damage, properly interpret marks on the road, and proficiency in algebra.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following: Lead Homicide Investigator