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Traffic Crash Investigation and Reconstruction
The field of traffic crash investigation was developed at Northwestern. We even wrote the first textbook, now in its 11th edition.
Today, we offer a sequence of courses on crash investigation and reconstruction considered definitive by practitioners in the field. Our courses are delivered on site at agencies around the U.S., Canada, as well as in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Some programs are available online. To hear about about upcoming courses, or to find out about bringing Northwestern's traffic crash programs to your agency, fill out the form.
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The Essential Sequence

The essential crash investigation and reconstruction sequence consists of five courses: Crash Investigation 1 and 2, Vehicle Dynamics, and Traffic Crash Reconstruction 1 and 2. Popular with law enforcement agencies, the Essential Sequence lays the foundation for a carreer in traffic crash reconstruction.

Advanced Courses

Traffic crash reconstructionists with several years of experience can take advantage of our advanced curriculum. The advanced courses go indepth into topics of greater interest to traffic crash reconstruction specialists including: the reconstruction of heavy vehicle impacts, the role of pedestrians in accidents, and crash data recorders.

Faculty That Makes a Difference

Northwestern's expert faculty is at the heart of what makes our traffic crash program exceptional. Leading experts with decades of experience in law enforcement, engineerring, and consulting contribute their ideas to our evolving curriculum and course updates. Above all, our faculty members are also enthusiastic teachers.

Deputy Chief W. Todd Henry, Metro Nashville (TN) Police Department

“I was warned that the program would be hard and the math ridiculous. But that wasn't what I found. In the first two days I had already learned more than ever had about accident investigations.”

— Philip Lloyd-Meitus, Patrol Officer