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Road traffic accident investigator

Road traffic accident investigators carry out examinations to work out why an accident happened.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 variable

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • examining vehicles and vehicle parts
  • creating plans of the scene and making time and distance studies
  • working out vehicle speed through the amount of crush damage
  • checking tachograph information on vehicles
  • getting technical information from vehicle manufacturers
  • producing reports
  • acting as an expert witness

You could work on the road or in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

With experience, you could move into management or work on a freelance or consultancy basis.

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