The Tesla Model Y has only been out for a few months, and we’ve already seen a few cases of the electric SUV being involved in serious accidents that likely resulted in the vehicle being a write-off.
Now we have another accident involving a Model Y with just 221 miles on the odometer, and it was all caught on Tesla’s Dashcam.
According to u/fuchsiademure on Reddit, he was driving along the road at about 1:00am, when a driver approaches his Model Y from behind at a high rate of speed.
Despite little traffic on the road and ample time to avoid a collision, the driver swerves at the last second (and doesn’t slow down), impacting the right rear side of the Model Y, resulting in the right rear wheel being completely torn off the vehicle.
The owner reported he was able to walk away without any injuries, but noted it could have been a lot worse had he not been driving one of the safest vehicles on the road.
“After the impact I took my foot off the “gas” and let the regenerative breaking slow us down. That and the tire that had been completely ripped off… we came to a calm, controlled stop. No whiplash. I think in a lighter or less stable car we could have spun out into oncoming traffic!!!“
Fortunately the driver of the other vehicle was able to come to a complete stop without hitting any other cars. The Model Y owner commented that he didn’t seem drunk, and that it was likely a case of distracted driving, or falling asleep behind the wheel given the late hour.
Here’s the accident as seen from the rear camera and side repeater camera of the Model Y.