Tesla makes the safest cars on the road, a claim which has been validated not only by safety agencies around the world, but also by real-world accidents where occupants walk away from horrific accidents.
That was the case yet again in a recent accident where Rhys Samson’s Model 3 was T-boned at high speed and the driver and passenger suffered only minor injuries.
The incident took place on SR-16 in St. Augustine, Florida, when his daughter was driving the Model 3 with his wife in the passenger seat.
As she was making a left turn, Samson’s daughter misjudged the speed of an oncoming VW Touareg and drove directly into its path.
The 4,300lb+ SUV slammed into the Model 3 at an estimated speed of over 65mph (104km/h), impacting the entire passenger side of the vehicle.
Photos shared with Drive Tesla taken after the accident show the extensive damage to the Model 3, damage so severe emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to cut the door off to remove the passenger from the vehicle.
Miraculously, even though the impact was on the passenger side, Samson’s wife suffered only some bruising and a few cuts from the broken glass.
His daughter was even more lucky, suffering only minor bruising from the seatbelt.
Samson tells Drive Tesla the emergency responders on scene were shocked at the minor injuries, and that if they were in a different car the result would have been very different.
The safety of the Model 3 even turned one firefighter into a believer, saying a Tesla is the car he would want his family in if they were ever involved in an accident.