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Truck Accident Lingo

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the largest number of vehicle deaths occur amongst truck drivers. Knowing some of the most used key terms associated with your accident is essential if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck-related accident. This way, when you meet with an attorney while searching for suitable legal representation, you can fully understand what the attorney may be saying better. Some of the most frequently used key terms attorneys may use when speaking to a trucking-related motor vehicle accident victim include:

Hours of Service Rules

The Hours of Service Rules refer to the regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to limit the time drivers can spend behind the wheel. This is done to reduce fatigue and accidents associated with long road hours.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The NHTSA ensures that vehicles are safe and traffic laws are enforced. They research, develop safety standards, and investigate vehicle defects to improve highway safety.

Truck Accident Attorney

A truck accident attorney specializes in helping people injured in truck-related accidents obtain compensation for their injuries and losses due to negligence or other wrongdoing on behalf of another party. They specialize in researching applicable laws, gathering evidence, negotiating settlements, and representing clients in court if necessary.

The Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations refers to how long someone must file a lawsuit after an injury. This varies from state to state but generally ranges from one year to three years, depending on the type of case being filed.


Negligence is when someone does something wrong or fails to do something they should have done, which results in harm or loss for another person. For someone to be found negligent, there must be proof that they owed a duty of care towards another person but failed to meet this standard resulting in harm or loss for another person due to their actions or lack thereof.


Damages refer to money a court awards as compensation for physical pain, emotional suffering, property damage, lost wages, or other losses incurred due to an accident caused by negligence or other wrongdoing on behalf of another party.

Let Us Help

Navigating legal terminology related to trucking-related accidents can often be complex and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. When working with our team here at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, you don’t have to worry about feeling lost or left out in the dark during any part of the legal process. Our team will always ensure that you fully understand every step of the process.

With our firm on your side, you can rest assured that our attorneys are dedicated to your journey toward justice and compensation after your truck-related accident. With years of experience, our team knows the importance of prioritizing the needs of your case and ensuring that you are fully supported after such a traumatic experience. Let us be your voice while you focus on your recovery.

Contact us today at (816) 542-5999 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation with one of our top-notch truck accident attorneys.