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URI Providence Campus

80 Washington Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

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Traffic Accident Reconstruction Course — Fall 2014

Registration fee $225.00.Classes meet at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus. The registration fee is due in full upon registration. We do accept department purchase order payments.


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Class meets every Friday 8:00am-4:00pm: September 5 – December 5, 2014 (No class 11/28/14)
Class meets in Room 317 Instructor: Ptlm (retired) Donald Mong

Course Overview

This nearly 100 hour, 13 week, non-credit course will teach you the scientific process of investigating, analyzing, and drawing conclusions about the causes and events during a vehicle collision. By conducting in-depth collision analysis and reconstruction you will learn how to identify the collision causation and contributing factors in different types of collisions, including the role of the driver(s), vehicle(s), roadway and the environment.

Course Curriculum

Physical Evidence from the roadway and from the vehicle: skid marks, vehicle speeds, crash scene photography, traffic templates; speed estimates from kinetic energy, scuffmarks; vehicle dynamics and motion; vehicle lamp examination; tire damage evaluation; hit and run investigations. Mathematical Principles (and equations): time, distance, motion and conservation of momentum equations; center of mass calculation; vector sum analysis; derivation and origin of the commonly used speed formulas; speed of vehicles at impact using conservation of linear momentum; behavior of vehicles in a collision using Newton’s three laws of motion; determination of direction of travel, initial contact and position of vehicles on the roadway.

The Human Element (and occupant kinematics); reaction time/human factor; pedestrian collision scenarios; pedestrian impact dynamics; pedestrian conspicuity; bicycle collision analysis.

Data Collection for information analysis and case preparation; measuring and scale diagramming; driver and witness interviews.

Course Materials

Students must bring: "Blue Bitz" traffic accident drawing template, scientific calculator, 360 degree protractor, notebook, 5mm mechanical pencil and colored pencils.

Registration Deadline is August 29, 2014.


Participants will receive a signed certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Cancellation of your registration must be made in writing (e-mail is acceptable) to Christine P. Dolan at christine@uri.edu and a full refund will be issued if the cancellation is received up to 10 days prior to the start date of the program, excluding weekends. We will accept a substitute in your place if your department has paid on your behalf and this occurs before the start of the program. No refunds will be granted once a class begins.

This is a non-credit certificate program and financial aid is not available. Free parking at the RI Convention Center Garage. This class is self-funded and we do require a minimum number of registered students for the class to run.

For questions, please contact Christine P. Dolan at the URI Special Programs Office 401-277-5388 or by email: Christine@uri.edu.


The University of Rhode Island is committed to the principals of affirmative action and the attainment of equal employment and the equal educational opportunities for all qualified individuals. For sign language interpretation, personal FM system and disability assistance, please call 401-277-5000 at least two weeks in advance. For TYY assistance, please call the RI Relay service at 1-800-745-5555.