• August 11, 2022

Randy Tinkle Killed, Jillian Tinkle, Megan Schindler, Children Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Pottawatomie County, KS

Pottawatomie County, KS -- August 10, 2022, Randy Tinkle was killed and Jillian Tinkle, Megan Schindler, and two kids were injured due to a semi-truck accident.

Investigators with the Kansas Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place at around 5:30 p.m. along Highway 24 near Airport Road, just outside Wamego.

Authorities said that 37-year-old Randy Tinkle was in a Ford F-250 on eastbound Highway 24. Also in the vehicle were 36-year-old Jillian Tinkle and two children. Their vehicle stopped while waiting to make a left turn, and a Ford Edge driven by 34-year-old Megan Schindler stopped behind them. A semi-truck, however, did not slow down and slammed into both Tinkle and Schindler's vehicles.

Randy Tinkle Killed, Jillian Tinkle, Megan Schindler, 2 Hurt in Truck Accident in Pottawatomie County, KS

As a result of the collision, Randy Tinkle succumbed to fatal injuries. Jillian Tinkle and the two children had serious injuries, and Megan Schindler's injuries were suspected to be serious, as well.

At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Randy Tinkle, Jillian Tinkle, Megan Schindler Semi-Truck Accident in Pottawatomie County

If what reports say here is true, then it's just infuriating to see so much devastation which should have been easily avoidable. Quite frankly, a truck rear-ending traffic is almost always a sign the truck driver did something wrong. Is it possible something unusual happened the truck driver couldn't avoid? Certainly, but my experience across hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks is that a proper investigation will reveal that someone was doing something they shouldn't have been doing.

That may sound simple enough to say, but a big reason I started this blog is because I saw how often families would come to me for help because they thought it was obvious someone was responsible for their hardships, but the opposing companies put barrier after barrier in their way. Anticipating these barriers and having the tools to overcome them is essential to getting folks the resolution they deserve. Without those tools, there is far too much room for companies to shift the blame and weasel their way out of accountability.

One crucial step is simply investigating things beyond the crash itself. Let me give an example. A while back, a family came to me about a truck driver texting and driving that caused a wreck. Open-and-shut, right? Well, as we dug deeper, things became more challenging.

It turned out the driver was texting his supervisor. This boss would constantly bother drivers all day, and if they didn't respond immediately, they'd get in trouble. Did this excuse the truck driver for texting and driving? Of course not, but it revealed that there were more serious issues than just one irresponsible driver. All those drivers essentially pressured to be reckless under the threat of unemployment made it inevitable someone would get hurt.

In situations like that, simply putting all the blame on one person isn't good enough. Getting folks the help they need is always a priority, but the hundreds of families I've helped also wanted something else: accountability. Ensuring an entire company cleans up its act means having a lot more evidence than a simple crash report. That's why my hope is that the right people are looking into this awful event and ensuring the victims and families are getting all of the help they deserve.

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