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Motorcycle Collision Investigation

Course Description: This course is designed for the experienced collision investigator and will build upon their current abilities.  The course utilizes investigative techniques and mathematical concepts as they are applied to collision investigation and applies them to the investigation of motorcycle collisions.  The student will gain new knowledge about motorcycle nomenclature and construction, concepts specific to the movement and dynamics of motorcycles, operator and handling issues, and safety equipment.  There will be several outside, hands-on exercises dealing with identifying and measuring tire marks and roadway evidence, obtaining the friction values for sliding motorcycles, and observing the dynamics and sliding or tumbling motorcycles.

Equipment Needed:  Students are required to bring a scientific calculator.

Instructional Hours:  5 Days/40 Hours

Instructional Objectives:  Upon completion of this course of instruction, students will be able to:

  • Understand the nomenclature and mechanical construction of motorcycles.
  • Understand handling capabilities of the various types of motorcycles.
  • Identify and analyze the various instability concerns with motorcycles.
  • Be able to confidently apply generally accepted methods of speed determination to collisions involving motorcycles.
  • Evaluate and understand the operator element of motorcycle collisions.
  • A hands-on review of motorcycle equipment to include operator safety clothing and helmets.
  • Apply knowledge and concepts in real-world applications.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successfully pass a written examination.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, MP

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed Pennsylvania State Police Technical Collision Investigation.  A copy of the pre-requisite certificate must accompany the application for enrollment in this course. 

MPOETC CLEE Hours:  40 - CLEE ID# CLE01047

This class has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 40 CEU's.

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.

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