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Course Description

This course builds on the concepts learned in the basic and intermediate courses. The course examines in detail the human environmental and vehicle factors of a traffic collision. The concepts taught include: a review of algebra and physics, interviewing techniques, roadway and environmental factors, advanced methods for processing collision scenes and creating scale diagrams, vehicle damage assessments, lamp analysis, occupant restraints, basic vehicle dynamics and occupant kinematics. Determination of speed based on projectile motion, and methods of conducting time-distance studies. This is a pass/no pass course. PREREQUISITE: Basic POST Certificate or Equivalent. ADVISORY: Traffic Investigation and Traffic Collision Investigation - Intermediate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively evaluate the three factors of a collision event dictated by each collision event. The pre-, at- , and post-collision phases.
  • Identify and communicate legal issues and search and seizure techniques and requirements.
  • Access and list information gained during a damage inspection and analyze different collision types and write inspection report.
  • Identify different factors affecting the collision event such as roadway surface, mechanical efficiency, vehicle damage and tire friction marks.
  • Develop a complete accurate written inspection report based on the analysis of the collision data.
  • Measure the roadway after an accident and determine through analysis of the data to make a report for court testimony.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
Gavilan College Red Diamond 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard Red Diamond Gilroy, CA 95020 Red Diamond (408) 848-4800