Vehicle Crash Reconstruction: Principles and Technology

Course Description: This is a 3-day course giving a broad overview of accident reconstruction. The course covers the underlying physical principles used by reconstructionists, the types of physical evidence from various crash types, and empirical data that accident reconstructionists can draw on for analyzing crashes. Topics covered include: conservation of momentum analysis, crush analysis, event data recorders, motorcycle, rollover, pedestrian, and heavy truck accident reconstruction, video analysis, and photogrammetry.


April 22-24, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ - Register

August 5-7, 2019 - Denver, CO - Register


Course Description: This course will equip students with the skills to reconstruct motorcycle collisions. The class will cover the unique features of motorcycle crashes and introduce the core principles, methods, and data used in motorcycle accident investigation and reconstruction. These will be introduced through numerous case studies. Students will also have the opportunity to practice the analysis methods through in-class examples and exercises. As a part of your participation in the course, you will receive a copy of Nathan’s book Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Accident Reconstruction

Introduction to Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction

Braking and Acceleration of Motorcycles

Cornering and Swerving

Physical Evidence from Motorcycle Crashes

Sliding and Tumbling of the Motorcycle and Rider

Motorcycle Falls

Motorcycle Collisions with Vehicles and Roadside Barriers

Event Data Recorders and Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction

Human Factors in Motorcycle Crashes

Visualization of Motorcycle Crashes