Vincent Thomas Injured in Truck Accident on FM 308 in Hill County, TX
Hill County, TX — June 23, 2022, 49-year-old Vincent Thomas was injured in a collision with a commercial truck on Farm to Market Road 308 in Hill County.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:20 p.m. on FM 308 near FM 339. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-350 pickup truck was towing a trailer south on the roadway when the driver tried to overtake other vehicles by entering the northbound lane.
Reports say the Ford driver didn't have enough clearance to pass and re-enter the southbound lane before Thomas' northbound Mazda B2500 pickup struck it on the driver's side. After the impact the Mazda overturned and rolled off the road. The Ford and its trailer jackknifed off the other side.
Thomas was ejected in the Mazda rollover and suffered serious injuries. The Ford driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Vincent Thomas Accident in Hill County
People read about accidents like this one where the driver of a commercial truck makes a costly mistake and think the only one to hold responsible for the damage done is the driver himself. It's an understandable thought, since crashes between personal vehicles are usually just a matter of individual drivers being to blame. However, when a company employee causes a wreck on the clock, the company itself may also be liable for the damage he does.
This is due to the legal principle of respondeat superior, or "let the master answer." It means that a company is accountable for the things its employee gets up to in the course and scope of his employment. For example, the Hill County driver's employer may be liable for the damage he caused during his flubbed passing attempt.
However, the company doesn't have to agree with that at all. They're free to argue with police findings and witnesses and anything else they want all the livelong day unless clear and indisputable evidence can shut those denials and deflections down. Unfortunately police and news reports don't always get all the facts before they rush off to the next thing, leaving victims and families confused and unprepared. That's why it's so important for professional investigators with the time and the patience to do the job right to get in there and look for answers. Will the necessary steps be taken to ensure the victim has what he needs to seek help?