GMS 6355: Traffic Homicide Investigation and Reconstruction

Elective Course
Credits: 3

This course will teach students the principles of traffic homicide investigation as well as the accepted methodologies necessary to reconstruct collision events. Topics will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, visual observation and documentation of physical evidence, research, calculation of vehicle parameters, calculation of scene parameters, analysis of human factors and calculation of time-distance relationships.


  • Identify, understand and document collision evidence from roadways and vehicles.
  • Understand and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion associated with collision dynamics.
  • Calculate vehicle speeds utilizing energy loss methodologies.
  • Calculate vehicle speeds utilizing the conservation linear of momentum.
  • Reconstruct vehicular collisions based upon calculated time and distance relationships.




Module 1 Introduction to Traffic Homicide Investigation and Reconstruction
Module 2 Evidence Collection and Documentation
Module 3 Newton’s Laws of Motion and Mathematics Review
Module 4 Calculating Speed Associated with Energy Loss
Module 5 Calculating Critical Curve Speed
Module 6 The Study of Time-Distance Relationships
Module 7 Conservation of Linear Momentum Calculations
Module 8 Special Circumstances of Pedestrian and Motorcycle Collisions
Module 9 Special Circumstances Involved with Commercial Motor Vehicle Collisions
Module 10 Forensic Vehicle Electronic Data Collection