If you join a police department of any size,
your department will have a specialized
traffic investigation unit tasked with the
responsibility to investigate all fatal traffic
accidents or accidents where the
seriousness of injury(s) requires
investigation by the traffic specialists.

Just remember, you could be assigned to
investigate a serious traffic accident you
feel should be handled by the specialized
unit.  Just because you think the accident
should be investigated by the special unit
doesn't mean it will be.  That decision is
usually made by the traffic specialist when
he or she arrives on the scene.  Normally, if
the specialist says you have the
investigation, that's usually the end of any
debate on that subject.
Many police officers often get upset when
another police officer, who is the traffic
specialist, declines to investigate an
accident the original officer believes should
be investigated by the more competent
police officer by virtue of his or her
advanced training.  When you find yourself
in a similar situation, don't waste your time
complaining or experiencing any frustration.  
There's probably a reason for declining the
investigation such as the accident simply
does not meet the seriousness criteria of the
unit, or the availability status of the
specialized unit could be diminished to an
unacceptable level at that particular time.

If you join a small police department, you
may have one police officer who has
received advanced training in accident
investigation.  Even if the officer is not on
duty when a serious accident occurs, he or
she may be on call for investigative
response to the accident.  In any case, small
police departments can always request the
response of their state police or highway
patrol whose officers are more highly
trained in traffic accident investigation.

Unless you've taken some prior interest in
traffic accident investigation, you have no
idea just how involved it can become.  I've
provided you with a number of links to give
you some idea of the unbelievable number of
things that can be considered, calculated and
quantified in traffic accident investigations.  
If you're good at math, and you like the idea
of one day specializing in traffic accident
investigation, now's a good time to start

You'll find that some police officers do a
really lousy job when it comes to
investigating traffic accidents.  Then
again...those same officers usually do a
lousy investigation of anything.  You don't
have to be an expert to become a competent
traffic accident investigator.  Your
investigation may not include all the
analytical and mathematical conclusions and
calculations, but it can present a clear and
easily understandable sequence of events.
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Traffic Accident Reconstruction Origin.
TARO - TARO is like any technical journal.
It contains articles of a technical nature that
report on the evolving state of traffic
accident reconstruction. TARO is a place to
publish articles about accepted traffic
accident reconstruction techniques. They
are placed here to serve as reference for
those that are just beginning and want to
learn, or those who have forgotten and need
Northwestern University Center for
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MapScenes - The MapScenes System is
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Traffic Accident
"If you're good at math, and you like the
idea of one day specializing in traffic
accident investigation, now's a good
time to start reading." ~ Barry M. Baker
You'll get some basic instruction for traffic
accident investigation during your academy
training.  When you begin your patrol
activities, you'll find yourself responding to
traffic accidents on a frequent basis.  When
the rain starts, you can almost be assured
that you'll be handling a traffic accident
during your shift.  Fortunately, most of the
accidents you investigate will be relatively
minor and relatively simple to investigate.  
As long as you throughly familiarize yourself
with your department's accident report, and
manuals or other investigative aids
provided, you shouldn't have a problem.  It's
also important to start reading your state's
traffic articles, and keep that book with you
for reference when determining the proper
traffic citation(s) to be issued when
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