Well, that’s a change. Last month, we published a report about the several instances of Tesla owners blaming their vehicles for ‘sudden acceleration events’ causing crashes. While Tesla’s logs and an independent review showed that driver mistakes were most likely the cause of the crashes, the owners continued to blame the vehicles.
Two of the accidents involved Tesla vehicles crashing into businesses: a Model S crashed into a gym in Florida and a Model X crashed into a beauty salon in California.
A similar accident happened last night in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. A Tesla Model S drove through the vitrine of a store causing a lot of damages, but fortunately, no customer or employee was in the store at the moment of the crash.
For a change with this type of accident involving a Tesla, the driver admitted that it was her mistake and didn’t blame it on the vehicle or the Autopilot system.
The picture above shows the aftermath of the crash via Le Nouvelliste (French).
The publication reports that while parked in front of the store, the driver thought that the Model S was on ‘reverse’ when she pressed the accelerator. She was actually on ‘drive’ and the car went through the front window and stopped right in the middle of the store.
No need for Tesla to produce the logs for this accident.
In Quebec, there’s a law called ‘no fault’ that makes it impossible for someone to be sued in civil court for damages or injuries caused in a crash. Everything is handled through the Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and insurers. No one can see the inside of a courtroom or face expensive settlements for being involved in these types of accidents.
It can – to a certain extent – remove some fear associated with taking the blame when involved in an accident.
Featured Image by Francois Gervais via Le Nouvelliste