On Saturday, June 25, a T-bone accident occurred between a police car and a Malibu at an intersection in El Paso, Texas.
The T-Bone Car Accident
In the northeast area of El Paso, Texas, an accident occurred involving a veteran police officer. The 19-year-old was called out for service when he collided with a Malibu on Transmountain Road. The T-bone collision occurred on the evening of Saturday, June 25.
The police officer was heading west on Transmountain, approaching an intersection at Rushing Road. A Malibu was heading North on Rushing Road and entered the intersection, at which point the patrol car T-boned the Malibu.
Both drivers received non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
The Malibu driver was noted to have signs of impairment during the interview. A warrant to obtain blood samples to check for intoxication was issued.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Police are also awaiting toxicology results for the possible arrest of the Malibu driver for intoxicated driving.
Common Injuries From T-Bone Car Accidents
T- bone accidents involve a vehicle crashing head-on into the side of another vehicle, forming a “T”. These accidents are commonly seen at intersections. T-bone accidents can be dangerous to both drivers and passengers due to the blunt force of the collision. These accidents often result in the following injuries:
- Whiplash – The sudden force of the crash causes the head to whip back and forth too quickly. Whiplash can heal on its own with rest but recovery may take up to two to three months.
- Concussion – A blow to the head from hitting the window, steering wheel, or headrest can cause a concussion. Depending on how severe the head was impacted, a concussion can last a few days or months.
- Broken bones – Bones in the hands, arms, face, and legs are commonly broken from the impact of a T-bone accident.
- Neck and back injuries – The most at-risk portion of the neck and back during a T-bone car accident is the cervical spine. However, broken discs, muscle strain, and torn ligaments are also seen following T-bone accidents.
- Nerve damage – The most commonly seen nerve damage following a T-bone accident is found in the back and arms. This can cause symptoms of shooting pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.
- Mental trauma – Injuries from car accidents aren’t just physical. Accidents can also cause mental and emotional injuries, including the development of anxiety, depression, or PTSD.
- Paralysis – A T-bone car crash can cause bruises, tears, or a complete severing of the spinal cord. This temporary or permanent damage can cause partial or complete paralysis.
Remember: taking care to drive responsibly on the road is the best way to avoid being injured in a car accident. The next time you’re driving, make sure to carefully check intersections before proceeding, and always keep an eye out for other drivers.
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