Injuries, Anatomy, Biomechanics & Federal Regulation 85049

Topics: Accident Reconstruction

Safety continues to be one of the most important factors in motor vehicle design, manufacturing, and marketing.  This course provides a comprehensive overview of these critical automotive safety considerations: injury and anatomy; human tolerance and biomechanics; occupant protection; testing; and federal legislation. The knowledge shared at this course enables participants to be more aware of safety considerations and to better understand and interact with safety experts.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this course, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate of achievement and the $5 participant CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Learning Objectives

By attending in this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the significance of various injuries, how to rank order and quantitatively compare their severity, and how to access overall severity of multiple injuries 
  • Assess the significance of various test results, know their basis and how to interpret them 
  • Identify the biomechanical and legal basis of safety regulations and their changes (especially FMVSS 208 and 214) 
  • Describe the different measuring capabilities of various test dummies including Hybrid III
  • Contrast the difference between impact and deceleration injuries for various body regions and explain the "third collision," which takes place within the vehicle 

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all professionals technical or managerial who are involved either directly or indirectly with vehicle safety performance.  An engineering undergraduate degree in any discipline would be beneficial.


"Stimulating, comprehensive overview covering all aspects of injury, anatomy, biomechanics and federal regulations."
Barbara Hartline
Product Engineer
Ford Motor Company

"This program provided a broad overview of material that will help me in understanding and communicating with the other engineers on my job. It will also help me in my analysis."
Ellen Barnes
Safety Statistical Methods Technical Specialist
Ford Motor Company

"Good training that gives an overview of the human body and injury while briefly covering other aspects of safety."
David S. Srugis
Mechanical Engineer
Autoliv North America, Inc.

"Instructor is very engaging in approach."
George Nicols
Safety Regulatory Engineer
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

"The instructor was very interesting and the class was very informative."
Jeff Suway
Contract Engineer
Alpha Technology Associate, Inc.

"This is an excellent course. I highly recommend it for anyone working in biomechanics, vehicle occupant safety, or with government regulations or standards."
Ron Huston
University of Cincinnati

"One of the most valuable courses I have attended in quite some time."
Craig Beyer
M.D./ Orthopedic Surgeon
Illinois SW Orthopedics



You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Jeffrey Pike

Jeffrey Pike Jeffrey A. Pike is President, Biomechanics Consulting, Inc. and Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University. He previously held the position of Senior Technical Specialist, Occupant Injury/Biomechanics, Ford Motor Company, from which he recently retired. He has extensive professional experience in biomechanics, injury mechanisms and causation, occupant protection, testing, regulatory requirements and regulatory process and medical records review. Mr. Pike has organized and presented at numerous technical forums, including sessions at two White House Conferences as well as SAE Symposia on Vehicle Rollovers, Occupant Protection and Lower Limb Injuries. He has also taught SAE regulatory and forensics seminars since 1998 and has been a guest lecturer at MIT, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School and the University of Virginia.

Mr. Pike is an SAE Fellow and received the Forest R. McFarland Award in 2004 for his contributions to SAE professional development activities. His publications include technical papers, book chapters and principal author of two textbooks published by SAE: Automotive Safety: Anatomy, Injury, Testing and Regulation and Neck Injury: The Use of X-Rays, CT's and MRI's to Study Crash-Related Injury Mechanisms. His educational background includes studies at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York University and the University of Michigan.

Duration: 3 Days
CEUs: 2.0

Format: Virtual

Event ID: S-00490

Location: Live Online

Session Info:

  • Session 1 - September 9 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - September 11 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 3 - September 13 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 4 - September 16 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 5 - September 18 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 6 - September 20 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET)
    6 Sessions

  • Fees: $1,779.00

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