North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Traffic Crash Reconstruction




October 26 - November 6, 2015
Canceled 9/1/15

Who Should Attend:

Those law enforcement officers who have successfully completed NCJA At-Scene Traffic Crash Investigation and NCJA Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2014. Those persons having completed NCJA Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation AFTER JANUARY 1, 2014 should refer to Traffic Crash Reconstruction (2014). The student will be required to submit proof of the above prior to the beginning of the course.

Course Goals:

To enable participants to reconstruct traffic crashes using previously gained knowledge as well as conservation of linear momentum and computer applications.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
  • Explain the derivation of formulas used in accident investigation and reconstruction.
  • Interpret evidence from falls, flips, vaults, and yaws.
  • Using Newton’s three laws of motion, describe vehicular behavior during a crash, to include weight shift in heavy vehicles.
  • Testify in a clear and competent manner regarding information discovered.


This course employs demonstration, lecture, practical exercise and self-directed study.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Satisfactory completion of practical exercises conducted throughout the course must be accomplished. A minimum score of 75% must be attained on the final exam.
Special Concerns:
Students should bring a scientific calculator capable of trigonometric functions as well as any diagramming tools (templates), etc.


Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) on our  North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.


Course Coordinator:

Kris Merithew


Length of Course:

Ten days
80 hours


TEICP Accredited Course 

The correct sequence for completing the traffic crash investigation courses should be:

• Introduction to Traffic Crash Investigation (40 hours)

• At-Scene Traffic Crash Investigation (40 hours)

• Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation (80 hours)

• Traffic Crash Reconstruction (80 hours)