If you join a police department of any size, your
department will have a specialized traffic
investigation unit tasked with the responsibility to
investigate all fatal traffic accidents or accidents
where the seriousness of injury(s) requires
investigation by the traffic specialists.
Just remember, you could be assigned to
investigate a serious traffic accident you feel should
be handled by the specialized unit. Just because
you think the accident should be investigated by the
special unit doesn't mean it will be. That decision is
usually made by the traffic specialist when he or she
arrives on the scene. Normally, if the specialist says
you have the investigation, that's usually the end of
any debate on that subject.
Many police officers often get upset when another
police officer, who is the traffic specialist, declines to
investigate an accident the original officer believes
should be investigated by the more competent
police officer by virtue of his or her advanced
training. When you find yourself in a similar
situation, don't waste your time complaining or
experiencing any frustration. There's probably a
reason for declining the investigation such as the
accident simply does not meet the seriousness
criteria of the unit, or the availability status of the
specialized unit could be diminished to an
unacceptable level at that particular time.
If you join a small police department, you may have
one police officer who has received advanced
training in accident investigation. Even if the officer
is not on duty when a serious accident occurs, he
or she may be on call for investigative response to
the accident. In any case, small police departments
can always request the response of their state
police or highway patrol whose officers are more
highly trained in traffic accident investigation.
Unless you've taken some prior interest in traffic
accident investigation, you have no idea just how
involved it can become. I've provided you with a
number of links to give you some idea of the
unbelievable number of things that can be
considered, calculated and quantified in traffic
accident investigations. If you're good at math, and
you like the idea of one day specializing in traffic
accident investigation, now's a good time to start
You'll find that some police officers do a really lousy
job when it comes to investigating traffic accidents.
Then again...those same officers usually do a lousy
investigation of anything. You don't have to be an
expert to become a competent traffic accident
investigator. Your investigation may not include all
the analytical and mathematical conclusions and
calculations, but it can present a clear and easily
understandable sequence of events.
Crash Data Services, LLC provides quality traffic
accident reconstruction including crash data
retrieval, at-scene collision investigation and expert
witness services. Our accident reconstructionists
proudly serve Illinois and the entire Midwest. We
customize our services to fit the needs of insurance
providers, legal professionals, municipalities and
Traffic Accident Reconstruction Origin. TARO -
TARO is like any technical journal. It contains
articles of a technical nature that report on the
evolving state of traffic accident reconstruction.
TARO is a place to publish articles about accepted
traffic accident reconstruction techniques. They are
placed here to serve as reference for those that are
just beginning and want to learn, or those who
have forgotten and need reminding.
Northwestern University Center for Public
Safety - The concept of scientific crash
investigation has been a part of the Northwestern
University Center for Public Safety since its inception
in 1936. We literally "wrote the book" on crash
investigation and reconstruction, and we continue
to be world leaders in providing training in these
areas. We offer the most comprehensive program
of its kind, with courses beginning at basic crash
investigation and culminating in various advanced
crash reconstruction courses.
Dirigo Software has been on the leading edge of
Accident Reconstruction Software since 1993,
during which time we have been providing an entire
suite of programs for the professional
Reconstructionist. Whether you buy the individual
programs, or bundle them in a SuperSaver or
SingleSaver suite, you will not be disappointed in
their ease of use, how well and fast they run, and of
course, their affordability.
MapScenes - The MapScenes System is designed
to provide professional investigators with the tools
to capture data quickly and precisely at a scene, and
then visually communicate the output of their
investigation in accurate and compelling diagrams
that will hold up under the highest scrutiny.
"If you're good at math, and you like the idea
of one day specializing in traffic accident
investigation, now's a good time to start
reading." ~ Barry M. Baker
You'll get some basic instruction for traffic accident
investigation during your academy training. When
you begin your patrol activities, you'll find yourself
responding to traffic accidents on a frequent basis.
When the rain starts, you can almost be assured
that you'll be handling a traffic accident during your
shift. Fortunately, most of the accidents you
investigate will be relatively minor and relatively
simple to investigate. As long as you throughly
familiarize yourself with your department's accident
report, and manuals or other investigative aids
provided, you shouldn't have a problem. It's also
important to start reading your state's traffic
articles, and keep that book with you for reference
when determining the proper traffic citation(s) to be
issued when appropriate.
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