Hosting Crash Tests

Crash testing is an invaluable part of the continued education of a crash investigator and reconstructionist. Testing provides first hand experience with the events that are rarely witnessed in daily life. If your non-profit organization would like to host a crash test, then below is a checklist of things to help host a successful event.

  1. Ensure your membership fees are up to date. Realize that travel costs are additional to the membership fee. An estimate can be generated before the event for planning purposes.
  2. Determine a date that does not conflict with other Upcoming Events. Keep in mind the transportation requirement for the crash testing trailer, so a week cushion between scheduled events is best. Furthermore, testing in Sep-Nov and Jan-Apr when college is in session is harder to accommodate than the summer months.
  3. Secure a location. The location should be large enough for a tow in 1 direction of at least 1000 ft. Insurance certificates are available upon request should the location owner request. Communicate to the owner of the facility that we would like to drill a few 3/4" holes in the pavement to mount anchors. These can be patched if requested.
  4. Obtain vehicles. The vehicles do not need to run. They have to roll straight and have brakes. Vehicles with EDRs are preferred.
  5. Request the test you want performed. TU-CRRC can help with this if needed.
  6. Arrange for someone to present the data. This should be communicated to the Consortium early so appropriate travel arrangementcan be made for the presenter.
  7. Recruit help to make the event run smoothly and document the data. The Consortium does not have mapping capabilites, so arrangements for someone to map the scene is helpful. Assigning an "official" photographer is also helpful.
  8. Promote your event. Let the reconstruction community know about the crash test and get on people's schedule.
  9. Keep an open line of communication with the Consortium representatives so details and expectations are known before the event.

Keep in mind that TU-CRRC is just providing the crash testing service. All other details are the responsibility of the hosting organization.

Due to conflicts in academic interest, TU-CRRC does not conduct crash tests for private companies in support of litigation.