• July 25, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash near 48th Street/Avenue D in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX — July 24, 2022, a motorcyclist was injured in a reported early-morning single-vehicle accident near a Lubbock intersection.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. near the crossing of 48th Street and Avenue D. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't known yet but the rider was reportedly traveling in the area when she lost control and crashed.

After the wreck the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash is still under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident near 48th and Ave D in Lubbock

After reading the published details of this crash I have a feeling some people jumped straight to blaming it on the victim one way or another. Between general bias against motorcyclists, the crash happening within an hour of closing time, and it occurring in a college town, there's a pretty strong chance folks are ready to blame the whole thing on intoxication without waiting for pesky things like "investigation" or "evidence."

For argument's sake, let's say they're right. Intoxication is a serious concern on Texas roads, and while people are often inclined just to blame the people driving drunk there's sometimes more to it than that. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol vendor like a bar, restaurant, or nightclub which over-serves its obviously intoxicated customers may be liable for any damage those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. These laws make sure bad bars are held accountable for negligent over-service while also helping the victims of that negligence seek help with their recovery.

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash near 48th St/Ave D in Lubbock, TX

Having said that, however, I want to stress that impairment is only one possible theory of many that should be properly investigated before conclusions are reached. Wet roads, vehicle malfunctions, medical emergencies, or something as simple as an ill-timed sneeze could all have sent that motorcycle off-course. Until investigators have a better picture of what happened out there, it's best to withhold judgment from the sidelines. All that energy is better focused on what can be done to help the victim in a tough time.

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