Automobile vs. Pedestrian Accident Investigation


This course will provide information to students regarding the investigation and reconstruction of automobile versus pedestrian and bicycle collisions.  The prerequisite to attend this course is the successful completion of a Level II or similar course.  Topics covered include:

Algebraic and mathematical hierarchies
Formulas for speed estimates from pedestrian vaulting, fall to ground and slide to rest or roll and slide to rest locations
Applications of scale diagramming and laser mapping of collision scenes
Time/Distance analysis as related to pedestrian/vehicular motion
Vehicle damage analysis and its use in determining collision movements and forces involved in pedestrian collisions
The study of injury analysis and pedestrian kinematics with respect to vehicle frontal geometries
Time/distance/velocity formulas and their use in auto-pedestrian accident investigation
Airborne equations


In addition to the above topics, students will complete two auto/pedestrian reconstructions from actual scene diagrams.  If the weather allows, students will witness a day of crash testing utilizing an anthropomorphic dummy.  Students will collect data from the collisions.  All collisions will be video taped and photographed and a copy of all the crash videos and photographs along with the crash data will be provided to each student at the conclusion of the course.  

A final examination will be administered at the end of the week and will include instructional portions presented during the week.  This exam will contain questions based on instructional units and project units.  The grade on the exam will require a minimum 70% score for passing.


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