Louis Peck to Teach New Motorcycle Reconstruction Course

 louispeck.jpgJan. 6, 2022 – To help crash professionals approach motorcycle collisions with an expert’s eye, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) has redesigned its Motorcycle Traffic Crash Reconstruction course, which will equip crash and reconstruction analysts with a firm understanding of motorcycle dynamics and reconstruction techniques while utilizing a mix of hands-on practical lessons using real motorcycles, sample evidence, and case-study analysis. Louis Peck, MS PE, a leader in the motorcycle crash reconstruction field and an ACTAR Governing Board member, will instruct the course.

"I'm honored to have received the invitation to teach [the NUCPS ] Motorcycle Traffic Crash Reconstruction course. Attending their collision reconstruction program had a significant impact on the trajectory of my career, and I look forward to giving back to the community." - Louis Peck

With nearly 20 years of experience in forensic engineering, Peck is a licensed mechanical engineer and retired motorcycle road racer who possesses a unique understanding of motorcycle dynamics and capabilities. Involved in research on motorcycle operator performance, Peck’s paper “Glancing and Stopping Behavior of Motorcyclists and Car Drivers at Intersections” was published in the TRB Transportation Record in 2011. He is also the author of “Motorcycle Sliding Friction for Accident Reconstruction” (Proceedings of the 10th International Motorcycle Safety Conference, 2014: Cologne, Germany).

Peck has served as an expert witness in state and Federal courts and presents at national and international conferences. In 2016, he directed motorcycle crash testing at the World Reconstruction Exposition, where his team conducted the first public crash test of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Those efforts resulted in updated motorcycle impact-speed equations, which SAE published in 2018.

In 2013, Peck founded Lightpoint Scientific, where he is a focused on providing the collision reconstruction community with data and education to elevate their technical analyses. He currently is also a forensic engineer at Axiom Forensic, where he specializes in motorcycle reconstruction. Peck received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State Univeristy - Fresno and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

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