In 2006 James Sloan joined the adjunct faculty of the Institute. He is currently a private consultant in the field of traffic crash reconstruction. His responsibilities with IPTM include instructing in the areas of At-Scene Investigation, Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation, Traffic Crash Reconstruction, Motorcycle Crash Investigation and Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation.
A native of Atlanta, GA and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Sloan began investigating motor vehicle crashes as a Deputy Sheriff for the Cherokee County (GA) Sheriff’s Office. He found the investigation of crashes both challenging and rewarding. He was assigned to a specialized unit, tasked with the investigation of traffic crashes and traffic safety targeted enforcement. Mr. Sloan, at the rank of Sergeant, was assigned to command of the unit and continued in that capacity until his retirement from the force in 1997. During the course of his time in the Traffic Unit, he was personally responsible for the investigation and reconstruction of hundreds of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes and thousands of minor injury/property damage crashes. He also investigated or assisted in the investigation and reconstruction of over 100 boating accidents, incidents, or drownings. He coordinated and supervised the administration of a number of Federal and State traffic safety grant programs within the department. The safety programs, in addition to targeted enforcement efforts, included training for other law enforcement officers, prosecutors and traffic safety officials throughout the state and an elementary and high school student outreach program that presented to over 15,000 students.
In 1997, Mr. Sloan moved from law enforcement into professional, private sector traffic accident reconstruction. Since then, he has investigated and reconstructed over 1,500 crashes throughout the United States and has been qualified as an expert in state, superior and federal courts. His focus has been in the specialized area of commercial vehicle crashes. Mr. Sloan also uses his extensive background in boating safety and a US Coast Guard Captain’s License in the investigation of boating accidents.
James has received specialized training from the Georgia Police Academy, the University of North Florida, Texas A&M University, numerous specialized courses from vehicle and equipment corporations, and many professional society conferences and seminars. In 1999, he succeeded in passing a qualification review and board examination process and was awarded full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. He continues to attend advanced level courses in his field and is active in a number of professional societies.
James is the founder of VeriCrash, LLC – a firm that specializes in traffic accident reconstruction and research on a national level, focusing on commercial vehicle related matters. VeriCrash clients include law firms, insurance companies, corporations, government agencies, trucking companies, and other traffic safety organizations. The firm headquarters is on Saint Simons Island, GA with field offices in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC.