Course Overview

Learn about effective tools and techniques relating to data collection, on-scene evidence documentation, damage and debris analysis, witness interview techniques, computation of simple speed estimates, and report writing. Gain in-depth practical knowledge of accident reconstruction techniques and the use of mathematical formulas to evaluate contributing factors associated with bus collisions/investigations. This course also includes an introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) principles, basic collision investigation procedures. Knowledge of high school algebra will greatly assist participants ot successfully complete this course. 

Course Elements

• Introduction of SMS principles

• Chain of events in a collision and investigator tools

• Center of mass and evaluating damage and debris

• Interpretation and measurement of marks on the road

• General principles of collision investigation math and use of calculators

• Minimum speed estimates from skid marks and yaw marks

• Interview techniques

• Principles of field sketching

• Photography

• Collision case preparation and presentation workshop

• Outdoor exercise (PPE required: leather uppers, flat sole shoes)

• Pretest, quizzes, homework, group presentations, final exam

Who Should Attend

Bus operator trainers, collision investigators, safety managers and supervisors, operations and maintenance managers/supervisors, risk managers, local law enforcement personnel (traffic/accident investigators)

Registration and Fees

The registration fee is $90 per person. Make checks payable to the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool.

For information regarding RTAP scholarships for this event, please contact Marianna Hanefeld at

Location and Schedule

This course will take place at the Everett Station fourth floor meeting room. The Everett Station is located at 3201 Smith Ave, Everett, Washington.

Parking is available on the East side of the Everett Station (across the railroad tracks). It’s a five-minute walk across a pedestrian overpass from the parking lot to the Station. Please come a few minutes early to find parking.

The course will run from 8:00 – 5:00, Monday through Thursday. The course ends at noon on Friday.


There is a room block at the Best Western Cascadia near the Everett Station. Rooms are The room block is under “TSI”. Please call (425) 258-4141 for reservations. The Best Western Cascadia is a five-minute walk from the Everett Station. The hotel will provide shuttle service to and from class. Please meet in the lobby at 7:45 am if you plan to take the hotel shuttle. 

COVID-19 Restrictions

Participants will be required to maintain social distancing and wear a mask in the classroom. Anyone with a temperature reading indicating a fever will be asked to not attend.


For information regarding registration or workshop content, please contact Laura Juell ( Laura can be reached at (360) 786-5049.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your workshop registration without penalty up to Monday, February 28, 2022.

Cancellations made after 2/28/2022 will be charged the full workshop fee. WSTIP may cancel the class if fewer than 12 people register for the course. If the course is cancelled, participants will receive a complete refund.