Pedestrian and pedal cycle collisions


Pedestrian collisions is part of De Montfort University FdSc in forensic collision investigation.

On occasions it is possible to calculate the speed of a vehicle from the distance a pedestrian, pedal cyclist or motorcyclist is thrown. It is also possible to estimate for how long a pedestrian was in the road. This module looks at the techniques and models for making these calculations.

What you will study

The mechanics and mathematical modeling of pedestrian and pedal cycle collisions including Searle, Hague, Smith and Evans, Wood, Hill and Field. The module also covers pedestrian coefficients of friction, pedal cycles, collision datasets and conspicuity.

Entry requirements

You will need to hold a CertHE or equivalent qualification. Some of the maths required for this module is taught in the Applied maths module.

Pre-module study

You will need to be comfortable using Excel to the extent that you can construct equations and draw grahs to be able to complete the module.

Study method

The module lasts for 8 weeks and is mainly delivered by distance learning with a one week residential module when we will carry out group work, cover the throw modules and carry out field tests at the airfield.

What you will need

  • A computer with Excel (or equivalent) capable of connecting to the Internet (this is required for your phase test).
  • A scientific calculator. 
  • Wet weather clothing for the field day.
  • A stills camera, video camera or phone to capture the crashes during field testing.

Teaching and assessment

Your tutors will help you with your studies during the module. There is one phase test (undertaken during the residential week) and a two week project. 

Whats the qualification

This module is part of De Montfort university FdSc in forensic road collision investigation.

Successful standalone students will be awarded an AiTS pass certificate.

How to register

The FdSc starts in September of each year. Apply through AiTS. If you wish to take this module without registering with the university you may do so however no university accreditation will be give. To take as a standalone check the course calendar for the next presentation and contact AiTS.

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The module at a glance

Code: ENGS2003
Credits: 15
Level: 5
Duration: 8 weeks
Type: 7 weeks distance learnin and 5 residential
Assessment: One phase test and one pieces of coursework

Links to FdSc modules

Further maths
Analysis of digital data I
Analysis of digital data II
Computation and collision analysis
Motorcycle collisions
Pedestrian collisions
Vehicle dynamics - PC-Crash


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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