North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Traffic Crash Reconstruction 2.0

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 Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation. Students are required to submit a copy of the respective training certificate to verify the pre-requisite attainment.

Course Goals:

To enable participants to reconstruct traffic crashes using previously gained knowledge in combination with materials learned in this course.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
  • Perform advanced mathematical calculations.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Plane Geometry.
  • Graph Vector Sum Analysis.
  • Interpret Vehicle behaviors during and after a crash.
  • Determine Principle Direction of Force and explain its effect on Occupant Kinematics.
  • Understand and take advantage of the growing use of Crash Data Recorders.
  • Investigate Commercial Vehicle Crashes.
  • Assess vehicle damage.


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. The final exam will consist of two written exams, 70% of final grade, and completion of a comprehensive traffic crash reconstruction worth 30% of final grade. A minimum score of 75% must be attained for a combined total.
Proper attire for classroom is business casual, slacks and collared shirt (no shorts, t-shirts, sandals, etc.).
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)