Accident investigation courses
Evidence from the Vehicle: To develop an awareness in the student of the various forms of physical evidence left in and on vehicles after a collision; and to establish an awareness of how to properly locate, interpret, collect and preserve all the various forms of evidence.
State the importance of post collision vehicle examinations and inspections.
State the importance of determining pre-collision, during collision and post collision damage.
List the six major categories of vehicle damage.
List the two major types of vehicle damage and the causes of each.
Coefficient of Friction: To develop an awareness in the student of the concepts and principles involved in the study of coefficient of friction. Further, to develop an understanding of the applications involved in determining coefficient of friction values for given surfaces. Discuss the concepts and principles involved in the studies of coefficient of friction. Identify and apply the equations recognized in the applications of coefficient of friction in determining values of given surfaces.
Center of Mass Braking Percentages and Equation Worksheets: To develop an awareness
in the student of the concepts and principles involved in considering an objects center of mass and a vehicles braking efficiency and percentages. Further, to develop an understanding of the applications involved in determining “field” approximated center of mass for vehicles and braking percentages.
Grade and Superelevation: To introduce the student to the concepts of grade and superelevation and their application to speed estimates from skid marks. Define the terms grade and superelevation as they apply to roadways and accident scenes. Obtain the proper measurements and determine grade and superelevation at an accident scene. Adjust drag factors (Coefficient of Friction) to account for differences in grade from a test site to an accident site.
Minimum Speed from Skids: To develop a working understanding of and abilities in the applications of minimum speed, and basic time and distance equations. Identify the equations required to solve minimum speed, and basic time and distance problems. Properly list the application and steps involved in the process of problem solving for minimum speed and basic time and distance problems. Determine vehicles minimum estimated speeds, time, and distance considerations using identified equations.