One man is dead following a side-impact crash in Abilene, Texas. The crash occurred on Thursday, May 26, at around 5:30 a.m.
The Two-Vehicle Crash
On Thursday, May 26, at around 5:30 a.m., the Abilene Police Department received a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of North 15th and Grape Street.
Police stated that the driver of a 2012 Ford Escape was heading north down Grape Street when it crashed into the side of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The Grand Prix was heading west on North 15th Street and was crossing Grape Street when it was hit on the driver’s side. The impact sent the Grand Prix into the front yard of a nearby home.
The driver of the Ford Escape was the only person inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The 36-year-old driver of the Grand Prix was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. There was also a 30-year-old female passenger inside the Grand Prix at the time of the crash. She sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Abilene Police Department is conducting an investigation into the crash and has not issued any citations at this time. This is Abilene’s 12th fatal crash of 2022.
Common Injuries From Side-Impact Crashes
According to a 2020 report done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), side-impact crashes, also known as T-bone crashes, resulted in 23 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths.
Because side-impact collisions often occur near the driver or front-passenger side, injuries can be quite severe compared to other types of collisions. While the injuries that occur depend on the nature and force of the crash, some common injuries that happen from side-impact crashes include:
- Head injuries— The force of a side-impact crash can cause blunt force trauma to the head. This can result in bleeding and bruising of the brain as well as concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries.
- Neck and back injuries— The impact of a T-bone crash can cause the neck to absorb most of the force from the crash. This can result in whiplash, fractured or herniated discs, damage to the nerves and spinal cord, as well as paralysis.
- Crush injuries— Side-impact collisions can often cause damage to the frame of a car and result in crush injuries. This includes damage to the chest, abdomen, and pelvis and can often cause internal bleeding.
Although side-impact collisions often result in substantial damages, these collisions can be avoided by practicing safe driving habits. Make sure that all distractions are put away when you’re behind the wheel and focus all your attention on the road. Doing so can ensure that you make safe turns and are watching for other vehicles.
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