Advanced Crash Reconstruction Utilizing Human Factors Research

Event Description

An in-depth look at how to assess the human role in the crash sequence.

The course is taught by nationally recognized subject matter expert Jeff Muttart. He began his career in crash investigation and reconstruction as a police officer in Connecticut. Since forming his own research company, he has been an invited lecturer at more than 50 conferences and courses in the field of crash reconstruction. He also has lectured to insurance companies, government (and police) agencies, colleges, accident reconstruction organizations and investigative organizations throughout the US and the world. For the past 20 years, he has collected or conducted scientific research to determine the causes of motor vehicle crashes, especially from the perspective of human factors.


Course Content

  • History and foundation of reaction time research
  • Understanding driver response terms and definitions
  • Common causes for response delays
  • Whether weather influences driver response
  • Evaluating a response during nighttime driving
  • Nighttime response scenarios and documenting nighttime crashes
  • Headlight beam analysis
  • Evaluating path intrusion crashes
  • Acceleration rate of drivers
  • Gap acceptance
  • Driver search patterns
  • Driver response to lead vehicles, traffic signals and decision making
  • Effects of fatigue and alcohol
  • Tutorial on IDRR and V*Star software
  • Practical experience (research applications)


About the Instructor
The course is taught by nationally recognized subject matter expert Dr. Jeffrey Muttart.  He began his career in crash investigation and reconstruction as a police officer in Connecticut and then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from University of Hartford and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts along with many accreditations and society memberships. For the past 20+ years, he has collected and conducted scientific research to determine the causes of motor vehicle crashes, specifically from the perspective of human factors.  He has authored more than 50 technical book chapters and scientific studies on traffic safety topics, has worked in virtually all sectors of traffic safety, including as a research associate in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, adjunct professor of psychology (at Eastern Connecticut State University), crash reconstruction (at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety) and is accredited by ACTAR since 1992.

Date & Time

Start Time: 05/15/2017 08:30 am

End Time: 05/19/2017 4:30 pm

Venue

Advanced Crash Reconstruction Utilizing Human Factors Research by Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston IL