North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Motorcycle Crash Investigation

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course.

Who Should Attend:

Those law enforcement officers who have successfully completed NCJA Traffic Crash Reconstruction (Course #3985) or NCJA Traffic Crash Reconstruction (2014) (Course #4051). 

Course Goals:

To enable participants to interpret and analyze crash evidence when a motorcycle is involved.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

► Interpret physical evidence present at the scene of a crash including, but not limited to:

-Motorcycle damage
-Helmet damage
-Rider trajectory
-Roadway marks 

► Describe vehicle/rider behavior during a crash.
► Demonstrate an understanding of motorcycle instabilities and handling characteristics.
► Perform a variety of mathematical formulas including:

-Speed calculations
-Throw calculations


This course employs demonstration, lecture and practical exercises.

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.

Proper attire for classroom is business casual, slacks and collared shirt (no shorts, t-shirts, sandals, etc).

Special Concerns:
Students should bring all traffic crash investigation equipment they normally have available. Students should also bring a scientific calculator capable of trigonometric functions. Students should plan to spend some time at night to complete practical exercise assignments.


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:

Four days - 32 hours

 TEICP Accredited Course