The dashcam footage below was shared on Reddit and shows the grey Model 3 cruising along the road. The owner of the Tesla admits that he was doing slightly over the 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit, though we can’t see how he could have avoided hitting the Merc even if he was within the limit.
While approaching an intersection, a W211-generation C-Class driving in the opposite direction made a left turn directly in front of the Model 3. Despite the quick reflexes of the Tesla driver, it was impossible for them to stop in time and the electric sedan ended up slamming into the rear passenger side of the Mercedes.
On Reddit, the Tesla driver notes that there was a pedestrian crossing the road in front of the C-Class and that the Mercedes driver slowed in the middle of the intersection to allow the pedestrian to cross. However, he/she appeared to be totally unaware of the Tesla that was coming their way.
Pictures of the two cars after the crash reveal that they received surprisingly little damage. In fact, the only obvious signs of damage on the Tesla are a smashed front bumper and hood – and, of course, the airbags that deployed.
However, the Tesla owner has confirmed that the electric sedan was deemed to be totaled and the insurance of the Mercedes driver paid out the full price of a new Model 3. Thus, the whole incident ended up setting the Tesla driver back about $200.