Accidents involving a big rig, a truck, or a semi can cause severe injuries. Unlike a standard vehicle, when the trailers are fully loaded, these semis usually weigh about 80,000 lbs. The average weight of a car is about 3,000 to 4,000 lb. In an accident, the weight differential alone can cause serious, if not life-threatening injuries. When an accident occurs with a big rig, their insurance companies have immediate protocols to go out and investigate the scene of the accident as soon as possible, record witness statements, and preserve the big rig for experts to assess the damage. They also employ accident reconstruction experts to reconstruct how the accident occurred. The immediate period after an accident is so crucial to discovering all the evidence that protocols just described is common. You should have an attorney representing you that knows this as well. You should have an attorney that would go out to the scene of the accident (if that is required), contact the big rig’s insurance company and put them on notice to preserve the black box (also known as a motor vehicle event data recorder or event data recorder), investigate road marks, road debris, take pictures, and talk to witnesses. This period is so crucial that it could determine the outcome of your case for years. At The Law Firm of R. Sam, we will do everything we can to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. That’s why our motto is: Nothing Recovered, Nothing Owed!