Training and Reference Manual for Traffic Crash Investigation - 3rd Edition
Training and Reference Manual for
Traffic Crash Investigation
by R.W. Rivers
Filled with the basic information that all successful traffic homicide investigators should possess, IPTM’s Training and Reference Manual for Traffic Crash Investigation – 3rd edition, has been updated and expanded to give you the very latest methods for handling the most frequent types of crash situations.
The author, R.W. Rivers, leads you step-by-step through the investigation process. Topics such as securing the scene, inspecting the vehicles, estimating the speed of the vehicles involved and interviewing witnesses or victims are discussed in detail. He also devotes time to the environmental factors and human elements that may contribute to a crash. Greatly expanded is the chapter on crash photography, with particular emphasis on the use of digital cameras and video recorders.
In an attempt to establish uniformity among investigators, Mr. Rivers defines the most common traffic terms throughout the manual. Whenever possible, he provides the reasons why a procedure is performed in a particular manner.
In addition to being the basis for IPTM’s At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation course, this manual can be used as a reference by those currently involved in crash investigations, those who need a refresher course and those who wish to enter the field of traffic crash investigation.
The nine lessons are listed below:
• Introduction to Traffic Crash Investigation
• Traffic Crash Series of Events
• The Human Element
• Environmental and Trafficway Factors
• Vehicle Inspections
• Speed Estimates (formulas)
• IPTM Traffic Template
• Field Measurements and Scale Diagrams
• Crash Photography and Video Recording
R.W. Rivers is one of the foremost practitioners of crash reconstruction. He retired in 1985 after serving 32 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As well as being the author of several internationally acclaimed textbooks, Mr. Rivers is also the designer of IPTM’s “blitz” series of traffic templates, which aid investigators in drawing diagrams of crash scenes.
Specifications: 507 pages; 8½”x11”; GBC bound; Publisher: IPTM (August 2010)