Understanding And The Investigation Of Road Traffic Accidents

In recent years, the specific subject matter and knowledge of Traffic Accident Investigation, Reconstruction & Cause Analysis has become an increasingly specialised and important tool to the Judiciary, the Police Services, the Insurance industry, private companies and many related industry companies and services.

The attendance at any scene of an accident can be a very traumatic and often confusing situation in which to find yourself, be this as a result of you simply having happened upon the scene and stopping to assist, or that this forms part of your duties as member of one or another specialized service.

Set aside the often extremely gruesome tragedy of such a scene, an accident scene very often involves many service providers, many safety issues and other factors that need to be considered over and above that of the rescue and recovery of patients and fatally injured, that will ultimately inform us of the cause of the accident.

Understanding these many factors (holistically) from grass roots level will allow you to better deal with all aspects of the accident. It is this holistic understanding of the many aspects that relate to an accident that this training will assist you with and hopefully allow you to create a better understanding for yourself. Be that because you may assist others, that you yourself are ever involved in an accident that you have stopped to help someone in your private capacity or that it is part of your duties.

The South African Road Federation offers a 3 day training course titled “Understanding And The Investigation Of Road Traffic Accidents” which is based intentionally and as closely as possible on internationally accepted training standards.

The training has evolved through updates and revision over time to the latest edition and serves as the basic guideline principals in this field. The training is tailored specifically to the needs of the understanding and investigation of traffic accidents within the South African context, particularly with reference to the laws and procedures of this country.

Course dates:

Gauteng: Tuesday 20 th – Thursday 22nd August 2019

Cape Town: Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th Sept 2019

Durban: Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st October 2019



Day 1

  1. What is a traffic Accident, Collision or a Crash?
  2. Types of accidents (Categories)
  3. Legal requirements relating to accidents
  4. National Road Traffic Act
  5. Equipment (Scene investigation)
  6. The scene of crash

Day 2

  1. Information from road
  2. Information from vehicles
  3. Information from people
  4. Photography
  5. Measuring and drawing of the scene

Day 3

  1. Technical follow up
  2. Reconstruction
  3. Cause analysis
  4. Investigative and case aids
  5. Using or consulting with independent experts and specialist
  6. Report writing
  7. Reference material


The course is ECSA Accredited for 3 CPD points.

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SARF Contact: Sybul/ Tshidi

Tel: 011 394 9025/1459 Fax: 011 394 7934

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Jessica van Zyl
Jessica is the Editor in Chief of Sheqafrica Corporate Services (Pty)Ltd's Media Office and has 17 years experience in Technical Publishing. She worked for a number of small online magazines until 2018 when she became a Legal Researcher at Le Roux Maritz & Partners. Shortly afterwards, she was seconded to SACS as editor of as part of her portfolio.