Course detail

Analysis of Road Accidents I

ÚSI-EDAN1Acad. year: 2019/2020

The subject acquaints students with the basics of vehicle movement mechanics, with system concept of the road accident analysis and it teaches them applying this knowledge to particular situations.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of the course students should be able to include technical analysis of road accidents within other disciplines, identify basic quantities and units, nomenclature, types of tracks and their documentation and identification.

They can practically use and apply relevant documents for technical analysis - the shape of the accident site, vehicle characteristics, driver characteristics, respectively. Pedestrians - they will be able to choose a suitable method of their securing, plan and perform their own measurements and process the acquired data, analyze them and then apply them when analyzing their own accident situation.

They will also interpret basic relationships, motion laws, essential human parameters and their role in traffic accidents, vehicle parameters, forces, tires and their models, environmental parameters, vehicle dynamic parameters, damage analysis and damage correspondence and will be able to apply this knowledge to motion calculation vehicle, its interpretation in the form of track - time, track - speed, interval diagram, etc.

They will be able to apply the acquired competences to the solution of real accidents with pedestrians and cyclists and consequently solve the possibilities of averting a collision with regard to the psychological and physiological possibilities of the participants.


Not requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through lectures and seminars. Lectures consist of interpretations of basic principles, methodology of given discipline, problems and their exemplary solutions. Seminars particularly support practical mastery of subject

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credit conditions - obtaining at least 150 points out of 200 possible (2 × 50 continuous test in about the 5th and 9th week of the semester, 100 per semester project).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to road accident analysis, primary quantities and units
2. Basic relations, Laws of Motion, forces affecting the vehicles, ride in curve, safe distance
3. Types of tire tracks, collecting the data at the site of accident and measuring technology
4. Movement of splinters, movement of vehicle through the air, transverse transfer and overtaking
5. Element “person” – biometrical data, driver’s reaction time, movement parameters, sensory perception, alertness
6. Element “vehicle”
7. Element “surroundings” – shapes and parameters of the communication, accident site inspection, expert and investigative experiment
8. Braking, start, brakes delay, acceleration
9. Correspondence of the damage analysis, run-out
10. Diagrams for road accident analysis – graph trajectory – time, other used diagrams, area of blocked view
11. Interval diagrams, sequences and averting the accident
12. Road accident with pedestrians
13. Road accident with bicyclists


Goal of this subject is to obtain theoretical basis of the road accident analysis and to learn to apply these theoretical findings in practice. Going through this course is a condition for studying Road accident analysis II.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance is checked in attendance sheet.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EID_P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

E-learning texts

Semela M., Analýza silničních nehod I, VUT v Brně 2014, ISBN:978-80-214-5037-0 (cs) - druhé, aktualizované vydání