Tesla Slams Into Pickup Truck After Being Cut Off

This crash involving a Tesla shows that when it comes to side-on crashes, the EV is not a vehicle you want to mess with.

Footage of the crash was captured by the front-facing camera of the Tesla as well as its two side cameras.

The Tesla can be seen cruising down the road when unexpectedly, a red pickup truck turns directly in front of it. Evidently, the pickup driver didn’t see the Tesla, despite having a clear line of sight of the car. The Tesla’s high-beams appear to flash as soon as the pickup ventures into its path and the pickup driver momentarily slams on the brakes but it was too late to avoid a crash.

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The Tesla smashes into the front quarter panel of the pickup, shunting it into the air and spinning it 90-degrees around. The truck clearly sustained quite a lot of damage but it’s difficult to determine how badly damaged the Tesla is, nor what exact Tesla model we’re looking at.

All current Tesla models with Autopilot include a dashcam which uses one of the front-facing cameras previously used exclusively by the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving functions. Unfortunately for Tesla owners, the camera isn’t of the highest quality but in recent months, has been responsible for capturing a number of incidents involving Tesla vehicles, in particular when the available ‘Sentry Mode’ is enabled.

We are big believers in dashcams and think everyone should have them in the unfortunate event of a crash like this.


  • robotlogic

    Looks like the truck driver had the setting sun in their eyes. Still no excuse but at least they were not total idiots!

    • Six_Tymes

      then dont apply the gas so quickly, they were total idiots. its right on camera.

  • Puddingpopper

    Sure looks a lot like Neptune

  • vvmdrf

    And where was Tesla’s collision avoidance /emergency braking function?

    • Jason Miller

      You can see the car twitch right before contact. Maybe that or the driver, who knows. But it happened so quickly I doubt the collision could have been avoided either way.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks like Autopilot didn’t save them this time.

    • TheBelltower

      He had just turned the corner onto this road. This isn’t a situation where AP would likely be active. Though the cameras are always recording.

    • Jason Miller

      Wouldn’t have been activated…

  • BlackPegasus

    Don’t you hate it when idiots interrupt your world by costing you time, money and quite possibly your life.. 🙄

  • Paulbe

    Didn’t invoke Tesla Teleport in time?

  • Chris

    I’m amazed the Tesla haters haven’t noted how the vehicle DIDN’T catch on fire!

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