Course Abstract Details

CRIM-225, Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation

Credits: 3

Course Description

CRIM-225, Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation, provides a detailed study into basic vehicle collision investigations. The student will be provided with the knowledge to conduct such investigations, including terminology and investigative procedures, as well as to identify and collect evidence that may be encountered. Students will learn how to conduct an on-scene investigation, interview witnesses and those involved, examine skid marks, take photographs, and complete the Maryland Automated Accident Report. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-091. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:   

1. Define the term "Motor Vehicle Collision" and discuss the purpose/s of motor vehicle collision investigations. 

2. Identify and discuss the duties and responsibilities of the first officer arriving on the scene of a vehicle collision. 

3. Identify and discuss the types of physical evidence that may be present at the scene of a vehicle collision. 

4. Identify the factors relevant to whether a police officer must or may investigate a vehicle collision. 

5. Identify and discuss the situations which dictate a need for technical expertise at the scene of a motor vehicle collision. 

6. Demonstrate the procedure to properly interview a witness to a vehicle collision 

7. Identify the technique for inspecting a vehicle to determine if damage occurred as the result of the collision. 

8. Conduct a proper motor vehicle collision investigation and prepare a proper collision scene report.

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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