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Tesla Model 3 accident

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by black_41, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. black_41

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    I was on 101N at Gilroy. I had just merged on to the highway and was on the lane next to the rightmost lane. Within few mins and huge car came and crashed into my Tesla model 3 from the rear right side. He was driving so fast that I completely lost control and drove all the way diagonally towards the left and hit a wired fence on the highway. The other driver fled the scene. Unfortunately all my dash cam videos are corrupted. I tried really hard to re-cover them but in vain. The car is badly damaged. It's a 2017 model. It's being taken to the body shop now but I feel it will be totaled :( :(
     
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    Are you okay? I hope so—that’s the most important.

    so sorry to hear about your car, and that the ICEhole got away. Sheesh. Drunk?
     
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    The other driver fled the scene? WTF. I hope he gets caught and jailed.
     
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    I am okay. I've blanked out on the entire incident. I couldn't even take a look at the car that hit mine. Someone else stopped further on the highway to tell me that they saw a white van hit me and they were also about get hit.
     
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    This is the first time this has happened to me and I'm already very apprehensive about the long struggle ahead with the insurance guys. (Geico). The supervisor will probably take a look at the car on Monday to decide on either repairing or totaling the car.
    I have the following concerns
    a) Driving a repaired car for the rest of it's life.
    b) As I researched on internet, repair timelines are 5-6 months, I'll have to arrange for mode of transportation.
    Has anyone else gone through this? What do you think is better in this situation? Getting repaired or pushing for totaling it?
     
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    total it and move on.
     
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    Going through your insurance (no option here of course) usually means limits to rental days, so keep that in mind. Maybe it doesn’t in this case but I’d ask so you are prepared.
     
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    Shouldn't be more than a few weeks to fix plus time to get the parts.
    Is the car driveable, or can be made driveable, just drive it until the parts are available.

    Nowadays, Tesla is a lot better at having parts in stock and because the Model 3 is a high(er) volume unit, you should have good luck with that.
     
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    Here are some pictures. The car is scratched all over as the wired fence fell on it. They'll probably have to replace the entire body and thats why I feel it will be totaled. The right rear end is severely damaged. That's where the other car hit me. It just hurts so much to even look at these pictures :(
     

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    Sucks that you're going through this. I was hit earlier this year and went through it too.

    Not to be the bearer of bad news, but if it's just external panels that are scratched, those are relatively inexpensive to replace vs structural repair. No one will know for sure until it's taken apart at the shop.
     
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    Really really sorry to hear about this .. there is something really despicable about hit and runs, I dont think there is a word in the language adequate to describe them. At least you were able to walk away, which at the end of the day is the most important. As others who have been through this kind of thing (twice in my case), you will feel shaken and a bit "out of this world" for a few days, and as you state you just want to ignore it and pretend it never happened. That's normal, it takes your brain a while to get things stabilized. In the meantime get someone you trust and know well to discuss things with, and go with you to talk to insurance etc .. they can help keep your perspective normal when your brain is a bit fuzzy.
     
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    Oh, man, it hurts just to look at those photos. And I wasn't the one in the car, so I'm sure it's orders of magnitude more painful for you.
     
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    Try accessing Tesla EDR, as described in the article (it contains Tesla EDR page link): Tesla releases new tool for people to retrieve 'blackbox data' after a crash - Electrek
     
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    I am interested in what your insurance company will do when they get the Tesla estimate of repairs.
     
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    I have one another question. The address on the car registration is different from the address on my insurance. I'm not the primary owner of the car. I was recently added to the insurance. Will this cause any issue in the claim with the adjuster?
     

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