On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the American Bar Association approved the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, in partnership with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), as the first organization accredited to provide board certification in the specialty practice area of Truck Accident Law.
The program is designed to help consumers find a qualified truck accident lawyer by providing objectively verifiable credentials. Board certification programs recognize the benefits of specialization for this unique and complicated practice area.
To become board certified in Truck Accident Law, the attorney must demonstrate a substantial percentage of their practice to trucking litigation, show hands-on experience in multiple truck accident cases, and pass a comprehensive written exam. Membership in the Academy is open to plaintiff lawyers only.
The first board certification exam for Truck Accident Law occurred on November 10, 2018..
The next board certification exam for Truck Accident Law is scheduled for March 28, 2020. The deadline to register for the next exam is March 6, 2020. The registration form for the March 28, 2020 board certification exam will be available on January 1, 2020.
According to the board certification program, the term "truck accident law" is defined as dealing "with the procedural, substantive and practical issues unique to collision cases involving commercial tractor trailers, buses, and other commercial motor vehicles and all of the people and entities in the transportation cycle."
To become board certified in Truck Accident Law, the attorney must pass a rigorous testing process to ensure an accomplished level of knowledge, experience, and capabilities in the specialized area of trucking litigation. In addition to passing the written examination, the applicant must satisfy the requirements for eligibility in the specialty area and must complete the online application. The initial application must be received at least forty-five (45) days prior to the examination dates for the Spring or Fall Examination administration.
Approved on April 21, 2018, the Truck Accident Certification Examination was designed to verify the applicant's basic knowledge of the usual legal procedure, core substantive law and litigation skills necessary to specialists in the area of Truck Accident Law.
To become certified as a specialist in truck accident law, the attorney must pass a 6-hour exam based on hypothetical cases and fact patterns that contain a series of questions that require knowledge of Evidence, Ethics and Truck Accident Law.
The questions on the examination are geared to evaluate basic knowledge of the usual legal procedures, core substantive law and trial ability that is common to specialists in the area of Truck Accident Law. The attorney that applies to become board certified in truck accident law must demonstrate the ability to identify the issues, as well as understand and properly apply the unique legal, regulatory and industry standards to factual situations.
The examination covers questions about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Subchapter B, Chapter III, Subtitle B of the Code of Federal Regulations TITLE 49-Transportation), CDL Manual, Training Manuals and Related Cases.
To pass the examination, the attorney must be familiar with the theories of liability in truck accident cases including:
Information on Board Certification in Truck Accident Law - Visit the website of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys to find a recent announcement on board certification in Truck Accident Law in partnership with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The board certification program for truck accident law is designed to help consumers choose a qualified truck accident lawyer with objectively verifiable credentials. The ATAA makes a difference in highway safety by fighting unsafe practices that lead to truck crashes. Find eligibility requirements, application, and registration forms, and dates for the first board certification exam.
At Lawyer Legion, we recognize the important role that the American Bar Association (ABA) approved board certification programs play for attorneys handling truck crash cases. This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.