Tracie Eckstein Jones, ACTAR

Transportation Practice Leader

Forensic Services



Ms. Tracie Jones holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Psychology and served as a police officer for 20 years, where she investigated hundreds of serious and fatal vehicle collisions for the Baltimore County Police Department involving motor vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and pedestrians. Ms. Jones is also a certified Child Seat Safety Technician, which gives her special knowledge in the inspection of child safety seats.

Her knowledge and training of human behavior has assisted in her analysis of perception-reaction time and nighttime visibility dynamics in collisions.

Ms. Jones’ areas of expertise include motor vehicle crash reconstruction, motorcycle crash reconstruction, pedestrian/bicycle versus vehicle crash reconstruction, commercial vehicle crash reconstruction, Event Data Recorder analysis for passenger vehicles and heavy truck engines, seatbelt analysis, and rollover crash reconstruction. Ms. Jones has extensive training in crash scene mapping using a total station and a 3D laser mapping system. Ms. Jones is an avid motorcycle rider, which gives her unique knowledge in the investigation of motorcycle collisions and operator actions/reactions.

Ms. Jones also performs investigations for failure analysis, including piping and plumbing failures, vehicle component failures, appliance failures, and machinery failures.

Ms. Jones is an Adjunct Instructor for the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida, where she teaches courses in the area of crash reconstruction, including Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes.

Finally, Ms. Jones is a certified FAA drone pilot. She has completed aerial inspections and photographs of crash scenes, crush damage profiles of vehicles, commercial properties, and residential properties where an engineer cannot safely inspect.


• Mechanical Engineering, B.S.: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

• Psychology, B.S.: Towson University

• Traffic Accident Reconstructionist: Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, ACTAR #1850

• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

• Maryland Police Training Commission

• Child Safety Seat Technician

• Bosch Certified Crash Data Retrieval Technician and Analyst

• LIDAR, RADAR, Speed Chronograph Certifications

• Certified Traffic Control Flagger

• Certified Vehicle Systems Forensic Examiner

• Certified Vehicle Systems Forensic Technician

• FAA Certified Remote Pilot

• Memberships: Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honors Society; Society of Automotive Engineers; Society of Women Engineers