Tiombe Franklin Injured in Baytown, TX Truck Accident on Thompson Road
Baytown, TX — June 18, 2022, 25-year-old Tiombe Franklin was injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on Thompson Road in Harris County.
Reports say the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Thompson at the I-10 feeder road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was towing a trailer north in the right-turn-only lane of Thompson when the driver allegedly failed to control his speed. The truck crashed into the back of a Mazda CX-5 driven by 39-year-old Nyla Franklin, which was stopped and waiting to turn onto the I-10 feeder road.
Tiombe Franklin, a passenger in the Mazda, reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. Nyla Franklin and the truck driver were unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tiombe Franklin Accident in Baytown
It's a relief to see the victim's injuries described as minor here; not everyone rear-ended by a truck can say the same. However, I often feel some concern when I see preliminary reports downplay the damage like that. With all due respect to law enforcement, officers on the scene don't always gauge someone's injuries correctly. Once the adrenaline and shock wear off, people sometimes find they're hurt far worse than anyone first thought.
For example, in a recent case where a client was rear-ended by a big rig first reports said he just had a "sore back." As his pain significantly worsened over the following week, it was learned he actually had a ruptured spinal disk that involved major surgery and a prolonged legal battle with the at-fault trucking firm. In the end very little about his overall experience was "minor," but we got him the help he deserved because we took the crash seriously even when his injuries were downplayed.
There's no real reason to think the Baytown wreck is like that, but because it could be it's best to take the proper steps. To make sure the victim gets the help she deserves, it's best to collect proof of what really happened to be sure the true story--backed up by facts--is known. At worst she might be overprepared and never have to use it, but that's always better than being empty-handed if the need arises.