August 18, 2020


8:15 Am - 4:00 PM


University of Virginia
Zehmer Hall
104 Midmont Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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With the growing number of claims alleging various roadway defects against roadway agencies, traffic crash investigation and reconstruction are key elements of an effective risk management program.  On-scene field personnel must be aware of the data needs of the reconstructionist to gather the perishable data required for a successful defense or resolution of a claim.  Understanding the capabilities and limitations of accident reconstruction will prepare agency attorneys to better evaluate a claim’s validity.  At-scene and after-accident investigation and data collection are discussed.  Collection techniques for roadway, vehicle, and other crash-related data are described.  Common reconstruction techniques and their applications are reviewed.


MODULE 1: Description of accident reconstruction

potential and limitations of reconstruction
data considerations and sources

MODULE 2: Accident investigation

inspecting the scene/site
inspecting the vehicle
collecting other evidence

MODULE 3: Techniques for accident reconstruction

understanding vehicle motion
capabilities and limitations of commonly-used reconstruction techniques

MODULE 4: Special Topics

basic human factors
truck crashes
pedestrian crashes

MODULE 5: Case study


Ronald W. Eck

Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University is a Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 35 years. He is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia.

Who Should Attend

This workshop will be of interest to engineers, public works directors, law enforcement personnel, claims investigators, attorneys, and other state and local roadway personnel with responsibilities in traffic safety related areas.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Tribes: $0
Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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