Carol Chapman Injured in Auto Accident on Sublett Rd in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX — May 22, 2022, 55-year-old Carol Chapman was injured in a traffic accident on Sublett Road in Tarrant County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. on Sublett at Meadowside Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests a southbound Dodge Challenger stopped at the intersection, then proceeded forward. Reports say the Dodge driver failed to yield and entered the path of Chapman's westbound Buick Regal; the cars collided in the road's westbound lane.
Chapman suffered serious injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Carol Chapman Accident in Arlington
This crash seems to be good example of why I say it's important to consider all an accident's variables before reaching any conclusions. According to investigators the Dodge driver alleged his view of westbound traffic was obstructed, and the injured victim told police the Dodge appeared "unexpectedly" in her path. Looking at images of the intersection it looks like tall residential fences may block sightlines for south- and westbound traffic, so rather than just quickly blaming everything on someone's failure to yield we instead have a situation where circumstances out of either driver's control might have played serious parts.
I'm not writing this to pick a fight with whatever HOA controls fence heights around that intersection, but if someone's property line makes it hard or even impossible for drivers to see each other then it seems like something should change. Moreover, blaming the Dodge driver if he dutifully checked for traffic would be unfair. It's situations like this that make me stress the importance of learning the whole story before reaching conclusions.