Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation On-Scene

This is the first in the three course MVCI series. The On-Scene course is a comprehensive two week, 80 hour course, held Monday through Friday, 8AM - 5PM. This course is designed to prepare an individual to identify, gather and document evidence at an "accident" scene.

This course if for the individual with little or no experience in investigating motor vehicle collisions. The On-Scene Course is the first in a three part series of courses designed to train an individual to reconstruct serious personal injury or fatal collisions. The On-Scene Course can also be utilized as an introduction course for individuals that will be responding to and documenting information at collision events but not reconstructing them.

Attendees will be trained to identify, preserve, document and collect important collision scene evidence. The students will be taught the measurement techniques of triangulation, coordination and tangent off-set. Skill sets in basic drawing techniques are taught using classroom projects and field exercises that culminate in a large scale drawing projecct that must be completed by each student and suitable for court room presentation. Attendees are taught to document scene evidence through the use of photography, measurements, field sketching and scale diagramming to preserve scene evidence.

Through classroom lecture, projects and field exercises students are taught to determine surface friction values and acceleration rates. Live dynamic skid testing is an integral part of the training. Mathematical formulas are taught to determine vehicle speeds based on skid marks, critical curve speeds, grade/super elevation, acceleration rates, radius and braking efficiency.

The significance and difference between contact and induced damage is taught and in field exercises the students measure damaged vehicles using a technique called Linear Perimeter Measurements. Lamp and tire examination is taught to determine the status of the particular component at the time of the impact. This material is taught through lectures, actual case exemplars and in field exercises. The perception and response time variables and studies are covered along with occupant restraint systems and motor vehicle/rail collisions.

Attendees must complete the course with a grade of 70% to receive a certificate, and it is recommended that only those individuals with a score of 80% go on to the Advanced Course