Tesla dashcam saves owner from legal trouble after motorcyclist crashes into him

There’s been no shortage of crazy occurrences captured by Tesla’s dashcam and sentry mode features lately, many of which have gone viral. Lots of these videos have involved Tesla crashes, random incidents of vandalism, or just fun stuff like a car stopping for some bears crossing the road.

But TMC forum user “rajetta” may be the most relieved owner of all the stories we’ve heard yet. He posted Tesla dashcam video of an incident he had with a motorcycle on the highway, which could have cost him potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills were it not for this video footage.

This Tesla crash happened three months ago, after which rajetta posted the footage and then it since the case was still in court. Since it’s now out of court, he’s posted it on the internet again as a testimonial for his Tesla’s technology features.

In the video, the Tesla can be seen driving on the highway, in a middle lane at a relatively normal pace with nothing special going on. A few cars pass him, and it looks like he is starting to change lanes to the leftmost fast lane.

Then suddenly a motorcycle headlight appears from behind his car. The motorcycle crashes into his rear right fender and the motorcyclist goes skidding across the highway, nearly being hit by a car in the right lane. There is no footage available from the rear backup camera of the incident, as this event happened three months ago, before that update had been pushed to the fleet.

The motorcyclist does seem to have walked away from the crash, though probably not without injury (especially with those short sleeves). Afterward, rajetta claims he was ticketed for reckless driving and that the motorcyclist gathered 3 witnesses stating that the Tesla had swerved into him without using its turn signal.

Rajetta says that when the police and prosecutor saw the Tesla dashcam footage, they dropped charges against him. Under normal circumstances, the combination of eyewitnesses and police testimony would have resulted in a sure-fire loss in court for the Tesla driver.

This could also have also led to a civil lawsuit by the motorcyclist, who could recoup medical costs and pain and suffering costs from the Tesla driver (or his insurance company) potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. These sorts of cases are not abnormal in the American justice system.


By: ThisIsButter (38641.60)

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