Dawn Dingler Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash on Stallings Dr in Nacogdoches, TX
Nacogdoches, TX — November 14, 2022, 39-year-old Dawn Marie Dingler was seriously injured in a three-vehicle accident on Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:25 p.m. on Southeast Stallings (Loop 224) at South University Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial Dodge Ram 5500 pickup with a crane attachment was eastbound on Stallings when the driver turned left toward northbound University. Reports say the driver failed to yield while turning and the Dodge crashed into a westbound Ford F-150. After the first impact the Dodge went off-course and collided with Dingler's Nissan Pathfinder, which was stopped on southbound University waiting to turn onto Stallings.
Dingler was seriously injured in the wreck. The Ford driver received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Dawn Dingler Accident in Nacogdoches
If preliminary reports have their facts straight it seems like the victim was just minding her own business at a stop light when a commercial employee failed to yield to thru-traffic and ended up crashing into her SUV. Some might think it'd be easy to blame the impatient truck driver there, which would mean he and his employer would have little choice but to accept responsibility and make things right...right?
Not quite. It's the default position of almost any company to deny responsibility as loudly and as long as it can after its employee hurts someone, so if the company behind that truck can find a way to blame something else it will. They'll point at bad roads, hard-to-see traffic lights, the Ford driver for speeding (whether or not it's true), and any number of other scapegoats if it means getting their driver--and themselves--off the hot seat.
I've had to explain to many people who assumed they had a "cut-and-dried" claim against a trucking company that few accidents are really that straightforward. Click below to read more about some obstacles victims are likely to face, as well as ways to overcome them.