In Atascocita, Texas, three people were injured on Wednesday, September 22, when a vehicle T-boned an ambulance that was traveling through a red light with its sirens engaged. One of those injured was an individual riding in the back of the ambulance.
The Ambulance Accident
A Houston Fire Department ambulance was involved in an accident with another car in Northeast Harris County on September 22 at around 9 a.m. The crash occurred as the ambulance was passing through the intersection at FM1960 E and Kings Parkway.
The ambulance was carrying a patient and had its lights and sirens engaged when it was T-boned by a gray car. The ambulance reportedly fell onto its side and slid across the ground, colliding with another vehicle at the light. There were three occupants in the ambulance: the patient, a driver, and a paramedic. Two other people in two separate vehicles were also involved in the incident.
Atascocita Fire Chief Mike Mulligan told reporters that everyone involved in the crash appeared to be alright. According to Mulligan, while ambulance crashes may not be that common, they’re particularly impactful right now.
“It’s costly. We’re in a situation right now where we have all types of pandemic-related shortages of things, so that’s adding to the difficulty of getting vehicles back into service and maintaining status, but we’re all doing the best we can,” Mulligan told reporters.
In 2020, there were 500 ambulance accidents in the state of Texas, down from 560 the year before it.
The Hidden Connections Between Car Accidents and COVID-19
At this point, the coronavirus has been present in our communities for so long that it can be tempting to become complacent when it comes to public safety. However, with the Delta variant spreading across the country, the pandemic continues to put undue strain on our roadway systems — and our drivers.
Below, you can read about a few ways that the pandemic has affected auto accidents and vice versa.
- Auto accidents involving ambulances and other emergency personnel take funds from already struggling systems.
- Increased coronavirus hospitalizations mean fewer beds for crash victims.
- The pandemic has brought with it an increase in cell phone usage while on the road.
- Supply chains are under strain due to staffing shortages, leading to truckers who are undertrained and rushed.
- Fear of contagion early in the pandemic led to a reduced police presence after auto accidents, but COVID-19 was still among the top killers of police in the line of duty last year.
As you can see, each of the health and safety systems that make up our communities is connected, and a problem in one of those systems can lead to significant issues throughout all other public health sectors. Do your part to keep your neighbors safe by driving safely and following government recommendations for COVID-19 precautions.
If you’ve been injured in a Texas car or truck accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns for help protecting your rights to compensation.