Motorcyclist Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Highway 62/82 in Lubbock, TX
Lubbock, TX -- April 13, 2022, a motorcyclist was seriously injured after being rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Highway 62/82 in Lubbock.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:45 p.m. on Hwy 62/82 near County Road 3800. Preliminary reports suggest a Peterbilt 18-wheeler was traveling on the highway behind a custom motorcycle. For unknown reasons the truck driver failed to control his speed and rear-ended the bike. The truck then pushed the motorcycle a short distance further before both came to rest partially on the highway's shoulder.
The motorcyclist was seriously injured in the collision and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on Hwy 62/82 in Lubbock
After reading the early news reports about this crash people may think there's not much left to say. Surely if the truck hit the motorcycle from behind and caused injuries, the driver and his employer will have little choice but to admit fault...right?
Not exactly. People who've never had the displeasure of crashing with a big rig may not realize how much of a battle awaits anyone that does. Obviously there's the serious matter of recovering from the injuries involved, but if a victim feels the company should help them bear the cost of that recovery they may be in for a rude shock. Trucking firms typically dispute liability by default, even in situations where fault seems clear. The firms are free to argue with police findings and news reports 'til the cows come home, and they often will.
Take the Lubbock crash above: A truck hitting the back of a motorcycle may seem pretty indefensible. However, the company might argue that the glare of the setting sun blinded their driver or the truck's brakes suddenly and mysteriously failed. They might even say the rider cut their driver off abruptly or braked suddenly ahead of him and he had no time or space to react. It's easier than some may realize to introduce enough doubt to a jury that they don't feel right holding the company responsible, and that goes double for motorcycle accidents due to some widely-held biases against "daredevil" riders.
Ultimately it's important that just about any accident--but especially one involving a commercial truck--be investigated carefully and thoroughly to be sure all the facts are found. With objective data telling the whole story it becomes much more difficult to "creatively" interpret the story or convince a jury something besides trucker carelessness is to blame. Police may not dedicate enough resources to this wreck to find all the necessary facts, and victims are often better served by independent investigations. Armed with the evidence those experts find, many people have successfully held trucking companies accountable and gotten much-needed help.