The National Board of Trial Advocacy is proud to announce that the American Bar Association on Monday approved board certification in Truck Accident Law. It is the first and only ABA accredited board certification in Truck Accident Law in the country.

This certification—three years in the making, and initiated by the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA)—is designed to help consumers choose a qualified truck accident lawyer with objectively verifiable credentials.

In the medical profession, many hospitals forbid doctors to practice without proof of board certification in their specialty. It’s for a simple reason: there is real value in independent screening of credentials and experience. To that end, consumers have added confidence that the doctors who treat their conditions are well qualified and trustworthy.

But unlike the medical profession, which has long embraced specialization and specialty certification, the legal profession has only recently begun to embrace publicly what it has known for years—nearly all lawyers specialize, but do so without substantiation beyond “reputation” or simply saying it's so.

“After years of work, dedication and partnership with ATAA, we could not be more pleased that consumers will finally have a way to find a trusted truck accident attorney should the need arise,” says Jack McGehee, president of NBTA. “This new certification is a needed addition to our current stable of vetted and board-certified attorneys in other specialty areas.”

“If someone hires a board certified truck accident attorney, they can now rest assured that this lawyer’s credentials have been fully vetted and their knowledge has been thoroughly tested,” agrees Joe Fried, ATAA co-founder.

Adds ATAA co-founder Michael Leizerman: “Finally, there is an objective way for truck accident victims to choose a lawyer that does not rely on lawyer advertising or web pages.”  

In order to become certified in Truck Accident Law, lawyers will have to 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.

The application for board certification in Truck Accident Law will be available in early September. The first available exam date is Nov. 10.