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Accident Reconstruction as an Element of Risk Management - Online Workshop

June 29 & 30, 2022

(9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time)


6 Professional Development Hours can be granted for this course. No partial credit available. Attendees must attend at least 90% of the workshop to get 6 PDHs.

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.


Traffic crash investigation and reconstruction are key elements of an effective risk management program to defend tort claims alleging various roadway defects. On-scene field personnel must be aware of the data needs of the reconstructionist to gather the perishable data required for a successful defense or resolution of a claim. Understanding the capabilities and limitations of accident reconstruction will help agencies better evaluate a claim’s validity. At-scene and after-crash investigation and data collection are discussed. Collection techniques for roadway, vehicle, and other crash-related data are described. Common reconstruction techniques and their applications are reviewed. One goal of the class is to use the lessons learned from crash reconstruction in developing countermeasures to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes for all.


This course is for engineers, public works directors, law enforcement personnel, claims investigtors, attorneys, and other state and local personnel with responsibilities in traffic safety related areas.


Ronald W. Eck P.E.

The instructor for this workshop is Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and Director of the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program. He has been involved in crash reconstruction and forensic engineering for over 45 years and has investigated several hundred crashes. This workshop is adapted from a training course he developed for the West Virginia DOT.


Day 1

  • Description of accident reconstruction
    • background
    • potential and limitations of reconstruction
  • Crash investigation
    • preparation
    • inspecting the scene/site
    • inspecting the vehicle
    • collecting other evidence
Day 2
  • Techniques for accident reconstruction
    • understanding vehicle motion
    • capabilities and limitations of commonly-used reconstruction techniques
  • Special Topics
    • basic human factors
    • truck crashes
    • pedestrian crashes
  • Case Study


This is a free workshop for all city or county employees. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for other attendees is $120 per person. TDOT employees must register through their local TDOT Training Office at least 10 working days in advance. Please note your employment status on the registration form. A course may be canceled if there is low enrollment. Forty-eight hours notice will be given to registrants if a course is canceled.. Register early! Limited enrollment!

Register ONLINE here.


Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.