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Tesla Model S Saves Family’s Lives in 18 Wheeler-Involved Accident

by Eva Fox August 10, 2020

Tesla Model S Saves Family’s Lives in 18 Wheeler-Involved Accident

The safety of car passengers should be a priority for all car manufacturers. In its vehicles, Tesla has made every effort to achieve this and, as practice shows, it saves lives.

Reddit user u/quarm813, owner of Tesla Model S, shared his story of how Tesla saved his and his daughter's life. Just looking at the photo of the wreckage is horrifying. It is clear that, because of the strength of the car, this family was able to survive.
My daughter and I walked away from r/teslamotors
Last week, u/quarm813 and his daughter were driving home from Florida. He was driving his Model S P90D, utilizing Autopilot. Suddenly, an 18 wheeler pulled in front of them from a turn lane. The rear guard rail on the 18 wheeler caught the front of the car, clipping the entire driver's side. And while any driver in this situation would likely lose control--even after the collision--Tesla's active driver assistance functions helped to avoid more serious damage.

u/quarm813's daughter, who was sleeping in the back seat at the time of the accident, received a minor injury to her leg, she got six stitches. The driver suffered a broken arm and needed more serious help. However, both passengers did not receive any life-threatening injuries. They were able to get out of the damaged car on their own power.

Reddit user u/xDaciusx, who is a police officer, left a rather interesting comment under the author's post:

"I have been a cop for 14 years and the accident you described is almost always a lights off trip to the hospital for the ambulance.

I have personally witnessed two very bad accidents involving Teslas ... 1 was a drunk driver vs concrete column (car saved his life). Second was a f350 (going 50+ mph) rear ending a tesla stopped at a red light. The rear occupant died, sadly ... but in almost any other car all occupants would have died.

Both times I happened to be in my Tesla and off duty. I honestly feel like Tesla's do not get enough credit for their safety."

This person has seen many accidents and, in his experience, Tesla vehicles are the safest. The company's vehicles are engineered to be the safest cars in the world. Model S, Model X and Model 3 have achieved the lowest overall probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the U.S. government's New Car Assessment Program. Much of this has to do with the rigid, fortified structure of the battery pack that is mounted to a car’s floor, which provides a vehicle with exceptional strength, large crumple zones, and a uniquely low center of gravity.

Of note, u/quarm813 had previously ordered Model Y; while he was in the hospital, Tesla organized a contactless delivery of the car to the hospital parking lot. Wishing your family safe times ahead!

Article edited by @SmokeyShorts, you can follow him on Twitter




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