Troy Locke Injured in Motorcycle Accident at 82nd and Upland in Lubbock, TX
Lubbock, TX -- May 26, 2022, 51-year-old motorcyclist Troy Locke was seriously injured in a crash with an SUV on 82nd Street in southwest Lubbock.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of 82nd and Upland Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Locke was riding a motorcycle east on 82nd when he allegedly ran a red light and collided with an SUV driven by 46-year-old Tammy Lowery.
Locke suffered serious injuries in the collision and was taken to a local hospital. Lowery reportedly received minor injuries.
The crash is still under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Troy Locke Accident at 82nd and Upland in Lubbock
Something I talk about a lot on this blog is how there's no such thing as an open-and-shut crash, at least as far as preliminary reports go. Some might dispute that after this collision since investigators seem fairly certain the victim ran a red light. I wasn't there and have no reason to dispute that, but at the same time that simple narrative doesn't account for every potential factor.
By suggesting there's still more work to do here, I'm only saying it's important to keep an open mind and properly investigate all the possibilities. Things really could boil down to something as simple as the victim running a light, but what if his brakes failed? Did he try to beat a changing yellow light, or was it solid red? How fast was the other vehicle traveling at the time? Could either driver have been distracted or impaired and not noticed the other or the traffic signals?
I'm not suggesting we dream up a way to make this not the rider's fault. Motorcyclists make mistakes like everyone else. My point is more that sometimes people get a little too eager to blame a rider without considering the bigger picture. Public bias against motorcyclists is a well-known issue in the legal world and it's something I've contended with many times when representing injured riders. The idea that they're all daredevils is so pervasive that it usually takes extra effort just to show an injured client didn't ramp over ten exploding school buses just before the collision that hurt them.
Only careful accident reconstruction could really say what happened here. Making sure the investigators in charge have the experience and equipment to consider all of these possibilities, even less-likely ones, is crucial for ensuring the truth is found and the victim receives the help he deserves.