Tesla Model 3 T-Bones Inattentive Honda Accord Driver

The owner of a Tesla Model 3 has had his newly-delivered electric sedan totaled because of an inattentive Honda Accord driver.

Dashcam footage from the Tesla shows it cruising along a road shortly after sunset. Out of nowhere, a white Honda Accord attempts to cross over the road but does so directly into the path of the Model 3.

The driver of the Accord can be seen slamming on the brakes as they notice the Tesla coming. The Model 3 owner also brakes and attempts to swerve out of the way but it was too little too late as the two come together in a violent crash.

Just before the Tesla slams into the side of the Accord, footage shows that the Honda already had some severe damage to its passenger-side front quarter panel and bumper. After the impact, the Accord’s side windows shatter and the curtain airbags deploy.

Crashes suck, especially when they involve new cars.

The owner of the Tesla Model 3 hasn’t uploaded any footage showing the damage sustained to his car. However, he says that the sedan has been totaled.

In most cases like this, the Accord driver would be found at fault and his insurance company would have to pay for repairing or replacing the Tesla. However, the Honda owner was driving on a suspended license and didn’t have any insurance at the time of the crash. The Tesla owner has now been made to wait until Monday next week to see if his insurance policy will pay to replace his car.

Unfortunately, we see videos like this all too often and they just cement our belief that some people simply aren’t capable of operating a car safely.


  • Mr. EP9

    What a complete moron that Honda driver was. And no license or insurance? Well, with previous damage on the car, it’s hard to imagine why. Someone is facing charges because of this.

    • Bo Hanan

      I know, I mean who hasn’t wanted to do this?

  • FordMopar

    “Swerve out of way”??? Tesla driver swerved to the left and hit the the Accord! Why not go right??!! Some people are just stupid…

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Tesla swerved into the middle side of the Honda, instead of hitting the front.

    • C. Hib

      Watch the video. Another car was in the right lane.

      • krusshall

        WAS in the right lane at the intersection but looked like the 3 was passing the RDX pretty readily so unclear whether the right lane was blocked at the time of the collision. Either way the driver should have swerved right rather than swerve left.

      • FordMopar

        I didn’t see the video part. I was watching the GIF one at the top. It was all I needed to judge. Lol. Whoops. But still, it’s a Tesla. No collision avoidance technology? Aren’t all Tesla cars included with that??

        • Mike anonymous

          Oh yeah,. what happened to that. I mean I understand it was dark but the cameras as well as the sensors should have picked that up that a vehicle from far away (based on the advertised technology), as the vehicle did not seem to be going to fast for the system to engage.

          (I am not sure if collision avoidance is included with the ‘Autopilot’ system, but I’ve head that ‘Autopilot’ won’t actually be available on the base $35k version (DON’T quote me on that as I’m not 100% sure), but if it’s true, than Tesla would need to better inform their customers on what their vehicles do and/or do not include (opposed to word of mouth).

    • dufonrafal .

      Target fixation.

    • Jason Miller

      My guess is that the driver of the Model 3 thought the Honda would continue moving to the right, so a swerve to the left would have been the best option for avoiding hitting them.

      • Ryan50

        Yeah but that reaction time was super slow.

    • David

      Right way the right way to go like or not!

    • Tinky-Winky

      The speed limit was 45mph there and the time between theoretically seeing the other car and crash was only 2 seconds in which time the car could have traveled 40meters and about 1 second on average takes a person from seeing an obstacle to hitting the brake. There’s not much that could have been done during those 2 seconds. Also by turning right Tesla would have either hit the Acura SUV next to it, caused small overlap crash or both which would have been worse and more dangerous than side collision was, at least for Tesla driver.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I’ve said it before; it isn’t a right to drive, it is a privileged that some need to understand.

    • Knotmyrealname

      You’re correct, but this fool didn’t even have a license.
      This idiot has now earned the right to go to jail.

      • Ryan50

        That’s why he said it isn’t a right to drive

        • Knotmyrealname

          I wasn’t disagreeing with him.

  • Christian

    I can’t help you on this one Asian people…


    The Apartments at Blakeney

  • Bhaskar Manda

    Woah woah, wait… people t-bone people everyday, poor driving is the norm; but but but.. how come the fancy federally-subsidized automaticalistic semi-“self-driving” Tesla didn’t apply automatic collision braking? A feature that you can get in an economy car these days?

    • David

      Damn right on the money!

  • Toss

    that was an easy to avoid accident

  • vvmdrf

    Great collision avoidance system Tesla

    • Stephen G

      That brings up a good point. Who is actually responsible for this? The careless Honda driver or Tesla’s Crash Avoidance System? Aren’t we paying through the ass for sophisticated electronic systems to protect us from situations like this?

  • Andrew Ngo

    What happen to Pre-Collusion Brake system?

    • bxniels0

      Or Cross-Traffic Assist?

      • David Kale

        Or Collision Mitigation Braking System? 🙂 Must be turned off.

  • Mike anonymous

    Ok so a few things;
    #1,.. are we just not going to talk about this (the photo below)….
    It seems to be as though this is not the first time the driver (of the Accord) as been in an accident like this. There was no need to pull into the road to see as there was plenty of visibility before the intersection. I feel as though the drive of the accord should have been paying much more attention to the road (looking both ways before making a move).

    #2, did the Tesla driver swerve into the side of the vehicle. I feel (even if there actually was a vehicle driving along-side the Tesla) that they should have hit the front right side (where it had been previously impacted) of the Honda.

    #3, well it seems as though there is a lot more to cover here, so I will leave #3 up to all of you.

    • charlotteharry57

      I TOTALLY agree. This was a drunk or high doofus that had had one accident before this one. The FIRST thing I thought. No need to read the comments below because this is NOT another Tesla thing.

  • ErnieB

    Both cars were stoned

  • brn

    Not that it removes blame, but those dang bushes in the median are obstructing the view. If they weren’t there, the Honda driver would likely not have pulled out in front of the Tesla.

  • TrevP

    Where the Honda’s lights even on? What a moron!

  • Althea Later

    Tesla driver swerved left probably because they thought the Accord was going to keep moving ahead.
    So many experts!!!

    • Nuno Costa

      Exactly. If you see an object coming from your left to your right, your first instinct is to go on the opposite direction. It’s unnatural to want to drive towards the other object. If the other car, was already stopped, than, probably the other driver would steer right and avoid the collision. When the brain took that decision, it didn’t knew that the object would stop on their tracks.

  • Jay

    They most likely thought that the Accord driver was going to speed up and make it across the road instead on stopping. Doing that it would have been better to swerve to the left because going around the back is smarter than trying to go around the front.

  • Trackhacker

    Tesla’s sure crash a lot….aren’t they supposed to “avoid” collisions?

  • Ryan50

    The ABS sucks on that thing. I wouldn’t say it’s obvious but you kinda get the feeling that the Tesla’s back end slid out. It went from a slow to a quick rotation, and it was smooth. If the driver was skilled that smoothness could’ve been pulled off, but skilled drivers are aware of the road and would’ve assume a driver was going to stop. After the car came into view, the driver waited 1.5 seconds to hit the brakes. It seems like he let off them a little over a second in, but the car didn’t dip forward until 1.5 seconds (used a stopwatch).
    Chances are the Tesla driver was on his phone. People are less aware of anything when they have another distraction. When the driver noticed the car, he panicked and focused on it, causing his body to unconsciously make him go towards what he was looking at. As the saying goes, you naturally go where you look.

Mercedes-AMG GT S Driver Loses It, Hits The Sole Obstacle In Sight

When you have 730hp at your disposal, you’d better know how to handle them, or else…

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Posts 7:07.99 Lap At The ‘Ring

The unofficial run shows once again, if anyone needed proof, that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is one impressive machine.

$90k Bespoke Land Rover Defender Pickup Is Ready For The Armageddon

The Chelsea Truck Company and Kahn Design are behind this wild project, which is for sale in the UK.

Chinese Buyers Hate New Car Smell, So Ford Wants To Eliminate It By Baking Its Cars

Much to our surprise, not everyone likes the new car smell.

2018 LA Auto Show: A-to-Z Guide To All The Product Launches

Join us for a tour of the Los Angeles Auto Show with a full guide to all the new cars.

Think All-Wheel Drive Crossovers Don’t Need Winter Tires? Think Again

A recent test shows winter tires improve traction, acceleration and braking on ice.

2019 Lexus UX Has Everything It Needs To Become A Hit In The U.S.

Lexus’ first-ever small SUV has a lot of features that’ll help it fight its premium rivals.

Volvo Stumps Us With Odd Teaser Campaign For LA Auto Show

Volvo is teasing something for LA, but we’re not entirely sure what.

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Combines Classic Looks And 577 HP For $147,500

Fans with smaller budgets can opt for the 2019 G 550 which has a base price of $124,500.

Cadillac Name-Drops The Escala, Is It A Hint About Production?

Previous reports have suggested the concept could go into production in 2021.