- Only one autopilot related death we can point to
- Majority of deaths are caused by reckless driving
- Elon Bachman’s research is poor journalism that is used to “scare” people
- 156 Tesla related deaths since 2013 compared to average 3,287 car related deaths per day
Yesterday on the notorious FinTwit, Elon Bachman was supposedly suspended from tweeting at Elon Musk about Tesla autopilot deaths. The data Elon Bachman tweeted can be found here.
I have never done a deep dive into the financial statements of Tesla. It always seemed like a waste of time trying to understand a company trading at absurd relative valuations. Further, there are smart guys on both sides of the Tesla trade that are likely more educated than I – giving myself low to no edge on profitably making money researching and trading Tesla.
However, I turned a new leaf last night while hitting a fat crack rock in a dumpster outside of some random Hilton. While tasting that sweet smoke of crack, I decided to do research on the notorious Tesla.
I’ve already started building a financial model and hope to have more to report on the valuation in the future.
However, in this article I will go through the Tesla related deaths reported by Elon Bachman – starting from the very first death on April 2, 2013.
From the research conducted below. It appears as if Elon Bachman has used poor journalism. From my take, only one, maybe two accidents were caused by autopilot. The majority of the Tesla related deaths were caused by reckless driving. And even one death was caused from a chunk of cinder block falling on the Tesla car – not by the car’s autopilot system!
Check out the links and my research below. Fact check them for proof.
And for total transparency, nearly 1.3 million people die from road crashed each year – this is 3,287 deaths a day. Now compare and contrast with Elon Bachman’s 156 Tesla related deaths since 2013.
April 2, 2013 – Two dead, Laguna Beach, CA: No reported use of autopilot
Two males in a Honda Accord were declared dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was a Tesla. It was reported that the driver of the Tesla swerved into oncoming traffic causing the collision.
November 2, 2013 – One Dead, Santa Cruz, CA: No reported use of autopilot – man fell asleep
UCSC librarian and Santa Cruz bicyclist died after getting hit by a Tesla. The man driving the Tesla fell asleep at the wheel. The Tesla drifted across the road and collided with the cyclist.
July 5, 2014 – Three dead, Los Angeles, CA: No reported use of autopilot
Tesla Model S rear-ends a Toyota Corolla causing three to die in Toyota and no deaths to Tesla driver.
July 10, 2014 – One dead, Los Angeles, CA: No reported us of autopilot – reckless driving
First person to die in a Tesla. The driver stole the Model S. Cops chased the driver with reported claims that the driver went over 100 mph.
July 14, 2014 – One Dead, Newport Beach, CA: No reported use of autopilot
Man, who was riding a motorcycle was killed when a Tesla sedan hit the man on the motorcycle at an intersection.
December 30, 2014 – One dead, Sonoma Coast, CA: No reported use of autopilot – maybe suicide
Man driving a 2014 Tesla crashed down a Sonoma Coast cliff. The cause of the crash was still under investigation as of the article. Investigators suspect the crash was intentional on part of the driver due to the lack of skid marks or other signs of evasive action to avoid crashing over the cliff.
January 22, 2015 – One dead, Los Gatos, CA: No reported use of autopilot
Single vehicle crash. CEO of Granite Capital Investments.
June 25th, 2015 – One dead, Woodland Hills, CA: No reported use of autopilot
For some unknown reason the driver veered to the right and drove off the road. Driver was the one killed.
November 8th, 2015 – I think one dead, not sure of location: No reported use of autopilot
Hard to understand crash report.
December 22, 2015 – One dead, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: No reported use of autopilot
Model S crashed with a dump truck. Sounds like the dump truck hit the Tesla.
December 28, 2015 – One dead, Houston, TX: No reported use of autopilot
Driver died. It is reported that the 85-year-old driver may have hit the accelerator rather than the break.
January 20, 2016 – One dead, China: Not sure if autopilot was engaged or not.
Tesla Model S crashed into a road sweeper. Driver was killed. Not sure if autopilot was engaged or not.
April 8, 2016 – One dead, Marysville, Ohio: No reported use of autopilot – maybe driver impairment?
Tesla driver kills Chevy Cobalt driver in head on crash.
May 7th, 2016 – One dead, Willison, Florida: First reported death from autopilot.
Model S crashed into truck on autopilot. Driver died.
June 8th, 2016 – One dead, Maui, HI: Crash caused by Nissan Altima not Tesla Car.
A 2011 Nissan Altima crossed the center line and crashed into a 2015 Tesla Model S. Nissan Altima driver was killed. Nissan Altima driver was not wearing their seatbelt.
August 15, 2016 – One Dead, Not sure on Location: Caused by Chevy driver not Tesla Car.
Driver of Chevrolet Tahoe rear-ended a Tesla. Left a 10-year-old girl dead.
September 7, 2016 – One dead, Holland: Autopilot not the cause of the accident.
Tesla hit a tree and drive died on spot. No autopilot.
October 7, 2016 – One dead, Pasadena, CA: No reported use of autopilot.
Tesla driver hit a Harley-Davidson. The driver abandoned the car at scene.
November 3, 2016 – Two dead, Indianapolis, IN: No reported use of autopilot
Tesla crashed into tree. Driver and passenger died.
November 24, 2016 – One dead, Winnebago, IL: No reported use of autopilot.
Single occupant crash. Not really reported on. Medium article.
January 17, 2017 – One dead, Germany: Investigating if autopilot was turned on.
34 car pile-up. Tesla drive died. Investigating if autopilot was turned on. During hailstorm. Tesla driver caused the accident.
April 26, 2017 – One dead, Tesla not involved in accident: Tesla not involved in accident.
Tesla car had nothing to do with the case. Bad journalism in regard to Elon Bachman.
May 11, 2017 – One dead, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: No reported use of autopilot.
Tesla driver crashed into another car and killed driver of other cars. Sounds like negligence in respect to Tesla driver.
June 12, 2017 – One dead, Hawaii: Another vehicle hit a Tesla. Not Tesla driver fault
June 26, 2017 – One dead, Rancho Santa FE., CA: Other driver fault of a non-Tesla vehicle
August 16, 2017 – One dead, Scottsdale, AZ: No released information how the crash happened.
Motorcycle and Tesla crashed. Motorcycle driver died.
November 14, 2017 – One dead, Sydney, Australia: No reported use of Autopilot.
Tesla rear-ended cyclist. Cyclist died.
November 14, 2017: One dead, UK: Not clear if autopilot was on.
Tesla killed cyclist.
November 22, 2017 – One dead, Switzerland: No reported use of Autopilot.
Tesla driver strikes another car. Driver of the other car died.
April 28, 2018 – One dead, Monroe, NY: Speed, inexperience and road conditions cause of crash.
Teen lost control of car and crashed into phone pole. Passenger died.
April 29, 2018, One Dead, Japan: Forum source with no good research. Not sure if even happened.
March 12, 2018: Original source was Reddit. News article provides no detail on what kind of car.
March 23, 2018 – One dead, California: Driver was operating under autopilot. Driver died.
May 8, 2018 – two dead, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Autopilot did not cause the crash
Tesla was driven fast and spun out of control under operation of a teen.
May 20, 2018 – One dead, California: Not mention of autopilot being the cause of the crash.
Tesla went through a fence and into a pond.
July 24, 2018 – One dead, St. Louis: Concrete falling on Tesla. Not fault of driver at all.
A chunk of concrete fell from a bridge and destroyed her car.
August 4, 2018 – One dead, Holland: No mention of autopilot.
Tesla crashed into a tree.
November 9, 2018 – Two dead, Palm Springs, CA: No mention that it was a Tesla car.
Car crashed into a tree.
November 10, 2018 – One dead, Gainesville, Florida: No mention of autopilot
Man, in Tesla failed to yield right-away and killed motorcyclist.
November 15, 2018 – One dead, Denmark: No mention on autopilot
December 26, 2018 – One dead, New Ipswich, New Hampshire: No mention of autopilot
Tesla car went off road and killed passenger.
December 30, 2018 – One dead, California: Obituary, not mention of a Tesla car.
January 20, 2019 – One dead, Holland: No mention of autopilot.
Tesla and another car collided head on. Tesla was on the wrong side of the road.
February 28, 2019 – One dead, California: Twitter source. No mention of autopilot
February 24, 2019 – One dead, Davie, Florida: No mention of autopilot
Tesla crashed into a tree.
March 1, 2019 – One dead, Palm Beach, Florida: Still under investigation
March 10, 2019 – One dead, Deerfield Beach, Florida: DUI, no autopilot
March 18, 2019 – One dead, Vancouver, Canada: No mention of autopilot.
Tesla driver crashed into pole.