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Course Summary

This course is approved for 4-hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the  American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

Nearly 40,000 people are killed in car crashes each year. In each of these crashes, there is evidence on the body in the form of injuries.  It is important for investigators to understand vehicle crash dynamics and how impact and movement cause injury to a human body. Knowledge of the dynamics of these injuries and how they are inflicted will help the investigator come to some conclusions as to injury cause, seating position, and the crash type. 

This course will walk the student through understanding the basic physics that apply to vehicle crashes and describes the five-vehicle crash classifications. The instructor then walks the student through various types of injuries on the body and how specific crash types can cause those injuries.  

This course uses videos and photographs from actual crash investigations to demonstrate the classifications and injury types.

After completing this course, the student will be better equipped to

  • Explain the basic rule of physics that apply to vehicle crashes
  • Describe and list the various types of injuries occupants sustain during crashes
  • Explain how injuries on a body relate to the impact and motion resulting from a crash
  • List the area inside a vehicle that needs to be inspected for body contact evidence
  • List the standard crash types

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. 

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.


Course Fee

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

    • Join the Private Facebook Community

  • 02

    Crash Injury Basics

    • Course Overview and Meet the Instructor (4 minutes)

    • Its all about physics (11 minutes)

    • Injury Types and Classifications (15 minutes)

    • Quiz: Crash Injury Basics

  • 03

    Type of Crashes and Related Injury

    • Frontal Crashes Part 1 (19 minutes)

    • Frontal Crashes Part 2 (11 minutes)

    • Quiz: Frontal Crashes

    • Side Impact Crashes (14 minutes)

    • Rear Impact Crashes (4 minutes)

    • Quiz: Side and Rear Impact Crashes

    • Roll Over Crashes (3minutes)

    • Out of Position Occupants (3 minutes)

    • Quiz: Roll Over and Out of Position Crashes

    • Crash Demonstration (6 minutes)

  • 04

    Analyzing Injury

    • Injury Analysis (15 minutes)

    • Quiz: Analyzing Injury

    • Relating Vehicle Inspection to Injuries (21 minutes)

    • Quiz: Relating Injury to Vehicle Inspection

  • 05

    Analyzing Injury by Crash Type

    • Analyzing Frontal Crash Injuries (15 minutes)

    • Analyzing Side-Impact Crash Injuries (9 minutes)

    • Analyzing Rollover Crash Injuries (9 minutes)

    • Analyzing Rear Crash Injuries (7 minutes)

    • Quiz: Analyzing Injury by Crash Type

  • 06

    Crash Scenarios - You Decide

    • Body along side of roadway (9 minutes)

    • Person Struck in Parking Lot (7 minutes)

    • Did the boyfriend run over his girlfriend? (7 minutes)

    • Off set frontal crash (10 minutes)

    • Vehicle Impact or Other Cause (6 minutes)

    • Quiz: Crash Scenarios - You Decide

  • 07

    Reading and Resources

    • Presentation slides from this course

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.

  • What is the refund/exchange policy?

    The refund formula is as follows: Students may request a refund of an online course tuition prior to 30-days after purchase and if less than 50% of the course content has been accessed. Refunds are calculated based on the percentage of accessed content. For example, if 10% completed then a 90% refund will be issued, if 25% completed is 75% refund, and so on. *No refund will be given after 30 days or if completion is 50% or more* Multiple payments for the same course: In cases where the student made extra payment (same course bought multiple times) for the same course, a refund will be issued upon request. There will be a 3.7% transaction cost charged by credit card processor per transaction. All online training courses are tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers, and devices. We can assist you to get started with the course if you are having any trouble.


Cpl. Frank Carson has been a police officer for 32 years in a large urban police department. During his career, he has been assigned to patrol division and the investigative section, as an evidence technician, as well as in informational services. Cpl. Carson has been assigned to the Crash Reconstruction Unit for 22 years where he has investigated several hundred fatal and critical injury crashes. He has testified in criminal and civil court numerous times in fatal crash cases and has been qualified as an expert witness by the courts on numerous occasions. He has taught Crash Reconstruction and Investigation for 15 years as well as DUI Detection and Testing. In addition to his duties of investigating fatal and critical injury crashes he also performs traffic enforcement duties as well as commercial vehicle enforcement as a Department of Transportation Level I Commercial Vehicle Inspector.

Frank Carson