Fundamentals of Bus Collision Investigation

Learn about effective tools and techniques relating to data collection, on-scene evidence documentation, damage and debris evidence analysis, witness interview techniques, computation of simple speed estimates, and report writing. Gain in-depth practical application knowledge of accident reconstruction techniques and the use of mathematical formulas to evaluate contributing factors associated with bus collisions/investigations. This course also includes and introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) principles, basic collision investigation procedures. Knowledge of high school algebra will greatly assist participants to successfully complete this course.

  • Prerequisite: Not Listed
  • Training Duration: 38 hours over 4.5 days
  • Training Resources: Outdoor exercise, pretest, quizzes, homework, group presentations, final exam


Transportation Safety Institute

Transit Type


Target Audience

Bus Operator Trainers, Collision Investigators, Safety Managers and Supervisors, Operations and Maintenance Managers/Supervisors, Risk Managers, Local Law Enforcement personnel (traffic/accident investigators).

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction of SMS Principles
  • Chain of events in a collision and investigator tools
  • Center of mass and evaluating damage and debris
  • Interpretation and measurement of marks on the road
  • General principles of collision investigation math and use of calculators
  • Minimum speed estimates from skid marks and yaw marks
  • Interview techniques
  • Principles of field sketching
  • Photography
  • Collision case preparation and presentation workshop

Assessment of Learner Performance

Final exam

Delivery Method

Instructor-led Training

Point of Contact

Ricky Thomas


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Restrictions for Use

Not Listed



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