Jason Sprague, Jessica Rogers Injured in Cass County, TX Truck Accident
Cass County, TX — July 24, 2022, Jason Sprague and Jessica Rogers were seriously injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on FM 161 in Cass County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:55 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 161 at FM 130. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was traveling west on FM 130 as Sprague drove a Chevrolet Traverse SUV south on FM 161.
Reports say the truck driver disregarded a stop sign at the roads' intersection and continued forward, crashing into the driver's side of the southbound Chevy. The impact sent the SUV spinning off the southwest corner of the intersection; the truck pulled off the road a short distance west of the crossroads.
Sprague, 36, and Rogers, 30, both suffered incapacitating injuries in the crash. A 1-year-old child in the Chevy was fatally injured. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jason Sprague, Jessica Rogers Accident in Cass County
If reports have their facts straight it sounds like the truck driver triggered this terrible accident by failing to yield at the intersection. He told investigators he didn't see the stop sign in time, but it's important to find out whether he should have. Everyone deserves the clear facts of what happened, but those same facts are also crucial if the victims choose to seek help from the trucking company.
People who've never crashed with a big rig, fortunate as they are, may not be aware of the battles that await those who do. Trucking companies are notorious for fighting liability, pointing fingers anywhere and everywhere except at their driver. Bad roads, poor visibility or "hard to see" signage, mysterious and sudden brake or steering problems, and even the victims themselves often get blamed for the damage done. Some defenses might be absurd or cold-hearted, but it falls to the victims and their loved ones to prove they're also false.
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