For all of 2019, Tesla cars were involved in 46 crashes that killed 50 people, according to the data. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a statement saying it was investigating three recent Tesla traffic accidents that occurred on December 29. The wife of a Tesla driver has died after a Tesla Model 3 crashed into a parked fire truck on Interstate 70, according to preliminary reports.
At the time of the incident, the Fire Department parked the fire engine in the driveway and the lights of the fire engine were turned on in order to alert other vehicles. Some suspect that the Autopilot system of the Model 3 was activated at the time and that the owner was too trusting of the system to pay attention to road conditions.
Autopilot allows the car to drive in the driveway and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
On the same day, another fatal accident occurred. Two people were killed when a Model S sedan left the Gardena Highway in California at a very high speed when it ran through a red light and collided with a Honda Civic sedan. NHTSA is also investigating the incident.
NHTSA is reportedly investigating 23 possible crashes using self-driving assists, 14 of which are related to Tesla cars, and in general, nhTSA has investigated just over 100 crashes in a year. From this point of view, Tesla’s car percentage is still quite high. Only 21 people died in Tesla car accidents in 2018, up 138 percent from 50 in 2019. The figures include crashes in other countries outside the United States.
To some extent, with Autopilot, drivers’ attention is indeed possible to relax, but statistics prove that Tesla cars are indeed safer than other cars, and there is no contradiction.
Last year, for example, iSeeCars, an automotive research firm, published a report that produced a list of the least safe cars on the list, based on the number of fatal crashes per mile, with The Mitsubishi Mirage and Chevrolet Corvette. Corvette), the top 14 are without Tesla.
While the death toll is rising, Tesla is doing well in the stock market. It has lost money for years, but made a profit of $143 million in the third quarter of 2019. Since then, Tesla’s share price has risen sharply, climbing about 29 percent in a year to December 29, 2019. The market believes in Tesla, and we can believe that Tesla cars are safe. Just beware of Tesla owners: even if you turn on Autopilot, you can’t be distracted.