This section provides a brief overview of the DaCoTA in-depth road accident investigation methodology as developed by partners working in DaCoTA Work Package 2. The aim is to briefly indicate the intended scope, essential characteristics and practical requirements of the methods to be deployed. For a complete overview, this section should be read together with the section on DaCoTA Teams.

Essential items, or building blocks, of the methodology are listed to briefly define their intended scope and the type of method to be used for each item. Additionally noted, at the more practical level, are key items of equipment and any essential arrangements that must be put in place by investigating teams.

For the pilot study, which will run over April to June 2012, investigating teams will start with different levels of experience and their ability to complete the methodology will therefore vary. Items of methodology are defined for four levels of team experience; new, developing, experienced retrospective and experience on-scene teams.

This section, together with the section on DaCoTA Teams, is intended to be used by DaCoTA Network Team Leaders, as brief-outline to see what is required, ask any early questions, and start making plans as soon as possible.

This section is not intended to provide a detailed description of the methodology. Please refer to the Detailed Methodology section for further information.