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, collision datasets and conspicuity.

Entry requirements

We assume that you hold a UCPD, City & Guilds or equivalent in forensic road collision investigation. We recommend you have studied Applied maths to get the most from this module.

Pre-course study

Some of the maths will not have been covered at UCPD level but will have been covered in Applied maths. Some of the course resources are supplied in spreadsheets format, (Microsoft Excel). Although you do not have to use Excel to complete the module, to gain maximum benefit Click on Entry level on the menu bar and select our free Excel course.

Study method

Durning COVID and due to social distancing measures this module is being run as an 8 weeks distance learning module with one day fieldwork at the airfield.

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  General tools include a scientific calculator.  We recommend any Casio with a 'Natural Display'. You will require wet weather clothing for the field day. You may find a computer with Microsoft Excel (or other spreadsheet style program) useful.  A stills camera and or video camera is recommended for use during the field testing.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course.  They will mark and comment on your final exam and coursework.

Whats the qualification

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

When taken as a standalone course certification is by AiTS.      

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 course at a glance

Code: ENGS2003
Credits: 15
Level: 5
Duration: 6 weeks
Type: 5 days classroom followed by distance learning
Due to social distancing the classroom element has been reduced to one days fieldwork at the airfiled.
Assessment: One phase test and one pieces of coursework

Links to FdSc modules

Further maths
Advanced damage
Forensic mapping
Analysis of digital data
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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