• May 13, 2022

Kendis Pledger Injured in Crash with Truck on Timberlake Dr in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX -- April 26, 2022, 34-year-old Kendis Pledger was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Timberlake Drive in Arlington.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:10 p.m. on Timberlake at Pinewood Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Pledger was driving a Kia Optima north on Timberlake in the far right lane when she passed through the Pinewood intersection. At the same time a westbound International truck on Pinewood ran its stop sign and entered the path of the northbound Kia. The car crashed into the left side of the commercial truck.

Pledger suffered serious injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kendis Pledger Accident on Timberlake Dr in Arlington

A lot of folks take crash reports like this as an open-and-shut account. Police say the truck driver ran a stop sign, so what else is there to know? Well, if that's true, why did the truck driver do that?

The answer to that can change things significantly for the injured victim. It's one thing if the driver just carelessly made a mistake on his own; reports seem to aim that direction as they note that distraction and speeding may have been involved. However, the same report also mentions the truck might have had bad brakes. If so, that could change exactly who should be held accountable for the damage done.

Kendis Pledger Injured in Crash with Truck on Timberlake Dr in Arlington, TX

Typically speaking a truck's maintenance history is the responsibility of its owners. If the truck in Arlington had bad brakes, for example, that might be reflective of a larger pattern of neglect from the company behind it. I've done this work for a long time and I've seen all kinds of company vehicles sent out on the road with the absolute bare minimum care taken to keep them rolling. With threadbare tires and brakes, empty fluids, and rusting frames, they keep ferrying cargo and people back and forth long past the point of good sense.

While I'm not saying anything that insidious necessarily happened in Arlington, possibilities like that are why digging further into these situations can change things so much. The consequences for a single person making a momentary but costly mistake likely wouldn't be significant enough to make a whole company change its ways. However, if the company is held accountable for not keeping its trucks fit to roll then it's more likely to get the message that its negligence won't stand. So while it's not clear if anything like that happened here, there is more than enough reason to be as thorough in the investigations as possible and get the victim some answers and all the help she deserves.


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