TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

My Model 3 Got Wrecked Today :(

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by anatari, May 29, 2018.

  1. anatari

    anatari Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Messages:
    9
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    #1 anatari, May 29, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: May 30, 2018
    Was cruising along the i-90 tunnel in Seattle, WA on mercer island with my wife and 2 kids, when I hear some vehicles approach at high speed from behind. Then suddenly I hear a screeching sound from a car breaking hard, and then a car slams into my rear end - hard. I was going 65, so that vehicle must have been going significantly faster. From there I lose control of the car, and the car spins out of control, hitting the freeway divider wall all the way on the other side of the freeway 4 lanes across, and then bouncing back all the way back to the other side of the freeway and hitting that wall before coming to a stop.

    Thankfully the model 3 performed miraculously, crumple zones compressed, airbags deployed, no fire after the accident, and no one in my family seems to be seriously injured.

    Still processing what just happened and getting all the facts from the police (there may be a criminal case against the person who hit me), but any tips and things to watch out for as I go through the insurance process?
     

    Attached Files:

    • car.jpg
      car.jpg
      File size:
      183.5 KB
      Views:
      764
    • Informative x 67
    • Love x 7
    • Helpful x 3
    • Like x 3
  2. Hayden

    Hayden Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    Messages:
    323
    Location:
    Belgium
    Damn, you guys OK?
     
  3. anatari

    anatari Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Messages:
    9
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    We're really shaken up and really sore & some bruises, but otherwise we seem to be ok, thank goodness! It was a pretty intense accident, and the car held up well.
     
    • Like x 49
    • Love x 3
    • Informative x 2
    • Helpful x 1
  4. mhan00

    mhan00 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2014
    Messages:
    530
    Location:
    Southern California
    Jesus effing Christ. Your rear end was crumpled that badly when you were going 65? The idiot who hit you must have been going close to 100, maybe significantly faster since you heard the moron try to brake. He must have been racing someone. I hope they grow the book at him. Glad you and your family are fine.
     
    • Like x 9
    • Informative x 1
  5. anatari

    anatari Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Messages:
    9
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    @mhan00 Yeah that's what I was thinking too. I'm trying to remember if any of bounces against the freeway walls was the rear of my car (I don't think so, pretty sure we hit each wall facing forward), Everything happened so fast tho, going to ask Tesla to see if they can get any footage from the car cameras tomorrow.
     
    • Informative x 1
    • Like x 1
  6. boaterva

    boaterva Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2016
    Messages:
    5,134
    Location:
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Glad you’re all okay! Looks like the right rear tire blew, also, definitely a good photo of how a 3 protects its people! Definitely see if the last seconds that the AP cameras hold are useful.

    What happened to the other guy in the racer (or whatever)? Did he stop/get stopped or wasn’t he that damaged? I see the car behind yours but we can’t tell who he is, of course.
     
  7. davidc18

    davidc18 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    1,603
    Location:
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Glad you are all okay. That is the most important thing. Everything else will work itself out. I hope you get into your next Tesla soon.

    David
     
    • Like x 1
  8. ai4px

    ai4px Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2018
    Messages:
    200
    Location:
    Sumter SC USA
    WOW! Glad family is OK. Holy cow.
     
  9. ai4px

    ai4px Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2018
    Messages:
    200
    Location:
    Sumter SC USA
    My wife's niece bought a new Jeep and within 2 weeks someone pulled out in front of her and she rolled it. She had not purchased GAP insurance, so when the other guy's insurance paid out, she was $2k shy of payoff. I think your bigger problem is exactly how soon you can replace that car with another model 3. Maybe Tesla would like it for good public relations? They might be willing to help you get back in line for another model 3 for the value of being able to say "Look our car saved this family".
     
    • Like x 6
    • Informative x 1
  10. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    Messages:
    6,788
    Location:
    Maine
    As other people often say: get yourself checked out fully so that any medical cost mpact is covered.

    Also, they need to make you whole. They can't leave you worse off than before. You had a Model 3, so you need another Model 3 that is acceptable and it shouldn't cost you a cent more, taking into account taxes, registration costs and whether you can claim another tax credit in full.

    Plus, contact Tesla to let them know. They've been pretty good in the past on expediting replacements for cars that have been written off.

    Indeed sounds like racers behind you. Hopefully affluenza so their insurance covers you.
     
    • Like x 12
    • Informative x 3
    • Helpful x 2
  11. Candleflame

    Candleflame Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2015
    Messages:
    619
    Location:
    QLD, Australia
    i very much doubt that he would get the taxbreak twice.
     
    • Disagree x 10
    • Like x 1
  12. WarpedOne

    WarpedOne Supreme Premier

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Messages:
    3,571
    Location:
    Slovenia, Europe
    That should not be on him but on the guilty party.
     
    • Like x 1
  13. ai4px

    ai4px Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2018
    Messages:
    200
    Location:
    Sumter SC USA
    My guess is that insurance is going to pay the value of the car... which will certainly be less than OP paid for it. He'll then have to go after the street racer in civil court for the difference. It's a PITA.
    And yes, he'll be able to claim the $7500 again on the next new one. YOu can buy as many cars as you like in a given year under that tax credit.... but Mr Street Racer doesn't need to know that.
     
    • Like x 6
  14. David29

    David29 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,349
    Location:
    DEDHAM, MA
    Not sure whether to call you very lucky, or very unlucky. Unlucky to be hit, but lucky that your car protected you as well as it did. Wow.
     
    • Like x 1
  15. bro1999

    bro1999 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2016
    Messages:
    1,678
    Location:
    Maryland
    Wow, lucky to walk away from that.
    If the scumbag that hit you cares about insurance as much as he cares about others on the road, wouldn't be surprised at all if they had no insurance either. Hopefully OP has uninsured/underinsured coverage. And hopefully there are some eyewitnesses that can tell police the scumbag was driving at a reckless speed so they can throw the book at them.
     
    • Like x 1
  16. brkaus

    brkaus Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    3,718
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Interesting comment. He is eligible for the tax break, but if they don’t have the income to cover it.

    I don’t think you need to worry repairs. But replacement instead.

    Thank goodness everyone is ok.
     
    • Like x 2
  17. CUBldr97

    CUBldr97 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2015
    Messages:
    245
    Location:
    MD
    unbelievable...glad the car protected you! what was the other car? truck? good luck, and if any other pictures post them... did you ever see the "other guy"?
     
  18. Candleflame

    Candleflame Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2015
    Messages:
    619
    Location:
    QLD, Australia
    i obviously dont know how this works in America. But I would assume the insurance will cover for the cost of the car. He will then get that money back and at the end of the year will get the tax back for the first car as normal since the tax break does not care whether the car has been destroyed or not.
     
  19. bro1999

    bro1999 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2016
    Messages:
    1,678
    Location:
    Maryland
    I think what the previous poster is trying to say is OP may not have enough tax liability to qualify for two full $7,500 tax credits in the same tax year, not that there is a question whether he can keep the credit he (will) get for the now wrecked 3.
     
    • Like x 5
  20. MikeInFL

    MikeInFL Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2014
    Messages:
    270
    Location:
    Florida
    This is when the 2 channel dash cam would be beneficial.

    Glad to see you and your family are safe.
     
    • Like x 6

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC