We have seen more than a few crashes where a valet driver misuses and abuses a Tesla. The latest accident resulted in significant damage to not only a Performance Model 3, but two others cars with one almost being pushed through a brick wall.
The owner, known only as Ben, is still attempting to resolve the situation so the location of the incident is unknown. All we know is it took place in a downtown multi-storey parking garage.
The Tesla Dascham was able to capture the entire incident. As the valet driver makes his way through the narrow parking garage, he all of a sudden slams into two parked cars after rounding a corner. The resulting impact almost sent one of the cars onto the street two storeys below.
According to the owner, the valet driver claimed Autopilot kicked in and caused the accident. Not believing the story, the owner requested data about the incident from Tesla, but the automaker declined citing “legal reasons”. Not giving up, he paid a local technician to download the data.
The report showed the real reason for the accident – the valet driver pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. Despite the data, the valet company is still disputing the incident and refusing to pay for any damages. Fortunately Ben’s insurance has so far paid more than $24,000 to repair his Model 3.
Add in the damage to the other cars and the building, and this little slip has cost more than $100,000 USD.
You can check out the full video below for all the details.