Tesla Deaths

Tesla Deaths is a record of Tesla accidents that involved a driver, occupant, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian death, whether or not the Tesla or its driver were at fault

Tesla Deaths

We provide an updated record of Tesla fatalities and Tesla accident deaths that have been reported and as much related crash data as possible (e.g. location of crash, names of deceased, etc.). This sheet also tallies claimed and confirmed Tesla autopilot crashes, i.e. instances when Autopilot was activated during a Tesla crash that resulted in death. Read our other sheets for additional data and analysis on vehicle miles traveled, links and analysis comparing Musk's safety claims, and more.

Tesla Deaths Total as of : 190 | Tesla Autopilot Deaths Count: 6

Latest update: Tesla crash in Denmark. (link)

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According to Reuters, the NHTSA has investigated 10 recent Tesla accidents involving the use of Autopilot that lead to fatalities. We are attempting to get our hands on a list of those incidents.

We have received requests to collect data to compare the number of Tesla-related fatalities to the collective number of deaths involving other manufacturers' electric vehicles, e.g. Audi with its eTron, VW with ID4, etc. To help with our research, we encourage visitors to please submit any news articles, official statements, or verifiable accounts of non-Tesla electric vehicle deaths by using the Tips form. Thank you.

Year Date Country State Description Deaths Tesla driver Tesla occupant Other vehicle Cyclists/ Peds TSLA + cycl/peds Model Autopilot claimed Verified Tesla
Autopilot Death
Source FARS-NHTSA case filing Note Deceased 1 Deceased 2 Deceased 3 Deceased 4
2021 16-Jun-21 Denmark Driver loses control of car and crashes into tree 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.berlingske.dk/samfund/53-aarig-mand-omkommer-i-bilulykke-uden-for-brande
2021 11-Jun-21 USA WA Tesla crashes through backyard fence 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/driver-dead-after-crashing-tesla-...
2021 11-Jun-21 USA NY Driver crashes into senior living facility 1 - 1 - - 1 - - https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-nyc-fatal-crash-tesla-senior-living-facility-202...
2021 2-Jun-21 USA WA Tesla hits concrete barrier, later catches on fire 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article251853803.html Samuel James Morson
2021 26-May-21 USA VA Tesla involved in multi-car highway accident 4 - - 4 - - - - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/four-killed-three-injured-multivehicle-crash...
2021 15-May-21 China Tesla hits police officers and kills one 1 - - - 1 1 1 - https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1224026.shtml
2021 07-May-21 China Tesla runs into back of truck 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1222902.shtml
2021 05-May-21 USA CA Multi-event collision with truck on highway 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/05/05/tesla-driver-killed-big-rig-wreck-on-210-freeway-in-fontana-good-samaritan-hurt/
2021 17-Apr-21 China Collisions with cement barrier, car catches on fire 1 - 1 - - 1 - - https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221662.shtml
2021 17-Apr-21 USA TX Tesla crashes into tree with "no driver" 2 - - 2 S 2 - https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/two-killed-in-driverless-tesla-crash
2021 16-Apr-21 France Tesla crashes into tree with 5 occupants 2 2 - - https://www.leprogres.fr/faits-divers-justice/2021/04/17/une-tesla-s-ecrase-contre-un-arbre-deux-morts-et-trois-blesses-graves
2021 14-Apr-21 USA TX Head-on collision with Tesla 1 1 1 - - https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/04/22/austin-traffic-fatalities-police-identify-80-year-old-man-killed/7337707002/ Arlen Jameson
2021 13-Apr-21 Germany Tesla goes off road, hits a tree, and bursts into flames 1 1 1 S - - https://www.focus.de/regional/mecklenburg-vorpommern/ursache-fuer-toedlichen-tesla-unfall-weiter-unklar_id_13215813.html
2021 03-Apr-21 USA PA Tesla loses control, hits railing and cut in half 2 1 1 - - 2 - - https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/crime-emergencies/double-fatal-butler-twp-crash-investigation-continues/article_e699403c-19a5-5a3d-9e76-38737719bd7b.html Crystal Stash Henry H. Abrahams
2021 21-Mar-21 UK Pedestrian hit in collision, later dies in hospital weeks later 1 - - - 1 1 - - - https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/woman-dies-after-collision-involving-5328704
2021 20-Mar-21 Belgium Driver runs over curb, loses control and hit pole 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.hln.be/roeselare/41-jarige-bestuurder-sterft-na-klap-met-tesla-tegen-elektriciteitspaal~acf62870/
2021 13-Mar-21 UK Tesla crashes into stationary van 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19159878.man-dies-driver-crashes-stationary-van-milton-keynes/
2021 10-Mar-21 USA CA Tesla crashes into tree, occupants killed 2 1 1 - - 1 - - https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/10/driver-killed-in-fiery-irvine-crash-prompting-road-closure/
2021 7-Mar-21 USA OH 3 car collision near intersection 1 - - 1 - 1 - - https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2021/03/man-killed-at-howland-intersection/
2021 22-Feb-21 USA CA High speed crash into telephone pole 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3x3fElDi8U
2021 22-Jan-21 USA AZ Tesla crashes into tree, occupants killed 2 1 1 - - 1 - - https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-traffic/2021/01/...
2021 21-Jan-21 USA CO Tesla hits car and car crashes, driver later dies 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.kktv.com/2021/01/20/man-dies-from-injuries-in-weekend-crash/
2021 20-Jan-21 China Tesla crashes with roadsweeper 1 - - - - 1 - - - http://www.xinhuanet.com/auto/2018-03/05/c_1122486792.htm Gao Yaning
2021 15-Jan-21 USA FL Head-on collision involving a Tesla, other driver dies 1 - - 1 - - - - - https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/st-johns-county/fiery-fatal-crash-st-johns-county/RXTWMVQ37VAMPBQ575QXD3W2UA/
2021 10-Jan-21 USA UT Car collides with Tesla, both drivers die 2 1 - 1 - 1 - - - https://www.deseret.com/utah/2021/1/10/22224294/2-killed-when-car-traveling-wrong-way-hits-tesla-on-freeway-uhp-says
2020 18-Dec-20 Portugal Tesla driver crashes into pole and dies in resulting fire 1 1 - - - 1 - - - https://www.jn.pt/local/noticias/porto/felgueiras/homem-morre-carbonizado-em-tesla-que-se-incendiou-apos-despiste-em-felgueiras-13157645.html
2020 10-Dec-20 USA FL Pedestrians hit and run by Tesla, one died from injuries 1 - 1 - - 1 - - https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2020/12/18/teen-killed-lehigh-acres-hit-and-run-arrest/
2020 10-Dec-20 S Korea Car went out of control and crashed into a wall 1 - 1 - - 1 X 1 - https://news.lawtalk.co.kr/3072 Yoon Hong-geun
2020 04-Dec-20 USA CA Car loses control, goes airborne, hits telephone pole 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.fox13news.com/news/community-mourning-after-sarasota-high-baseball-star-killed-in-late-night-car-crash Kevin Gallardo
2020 16-Nov-20 USA MO Five-vehicle pileup involving truck 1 - - 1 - - Y - - https://ksisradio.com/kc-woman-fatally-injured-in-multi-vehicle-crash-in-platte-county/
2020 31-Oct-20 USA CA Car hit by a Tesla, driver later died from injuries 1 - - 1 - - Y - - https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/man-22-killed-in-crash-in-mission-valley-west
2020 11-Oct-20 FR Man driving down wrong lane hits Tesla, dies from injuries 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://www.sudinfo.be/id263566/article/2020-10-11/la-tesla-dun-vervietois-explosee-par-un-conducteur-fantome-dans-lechangeur-de "Charles"
2020 10-Oct-20 USA CA Motorcyclist died after rear-ending a Tesla 1 - - 1 - - Y - - https://mynewsla.com/life/2020/10/10/biker-killed-in-three-vehicle-crash-on-foothill-freeway-in-irwindale-3/ Matthew Hathaway
2020 07-Oct-20 Belgium Driver going wrong direction hits Tesla, driver later dies 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.sudinfo.be/id263566/article/2020-10-11/la-tesla-dun-vervietois-explosee-par-un-conducteur-fantome-dans-lechangeur-de
2020 17-Sep-20 USA GA Tesla crashes into bus shelter, kills man inside 1 - - - 1 1 3 1 - https://www.ajc.com/news/1-dead-after-tesla-driver-loses-control-hits-man-at-cobb-bus-shelter/TLV4M4XY5BHWVAO77GGSM5Y24M/
2020 12-Sep-20 USA CA Car lands on Tesla, other vehicle driver dies 1 - - 1 - - - - https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/1-person-killed-in-oceanside-rollover-crash/
2020 6-Sep-20 USA IL Tesla runs thru red light, crashes, driver dies at scene 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://patch.com/illinois/lisle/driver-20-dies-lisle-crash
2020 5-Sep-20 China Tesla crashes into crowd, 2 dead and many injured 2 - - - 2 2 X - - https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1200006.shtml
2020 24-Aug-20 USA VA Two car collision at intersection, other driver dies afterwards 1 - - 1 - - X - - https://www.loudountimes.com/news/update-multi-vehicle-crash-leaves-ashburn-woman-dea...
2020 13-Aug-20 Germany Tesla crashes into tree 1 1 - - - 1 X 1 - https://www.mopo.de/hamburg/polizei/unfall-in-hamburg-tesla...
2020 12-Aug-20 USA CA Tesla hits two cars along ramp and catches fire 2 1 1 - - 1 1 - https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/13/saratoga-man-killed... David Alan Brown
2020 2-Aug-20 USA CA Tesla crashes into tree and ignites 2 1 1 - - 1 - - https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/conejo-valley/...
2020 18-Jul-20 USA UT Tesla races other car and other car crashes 1 - - 1 - - - - http://sanpetemessenger.com/archives/18566
2020 23-Jun-20 USA GA Vehicle collides with Tesla at intersection 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/woman-killed-vehicle-crash-south-fulton/...
2020 21-Jun-20 Germany Tesla veers into other lane, crashes into oncoming car 3 - - 3 - - 1 - https://www.freiepresse.de/drei-tote-bei-unfall-auf-autobahnzubring... Claudia Günther Frau Sarah Claudias Mutter Sylvia
2020 17-Jun-20 Canada Motorcyclist killed in crash with Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.northdeltareporter.com/news/crash-kills-motorcyclist-in...
2020 8-Jun-20 Netherlands Driver has heart attack and crashes Tesla 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.112hm.nl/2020/06/08/automobilist-50-overleden-op-de-...
2020 25-May-20 USA CA Tesla goes off cliff and driver later found outside 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Tesla-Goes-Off-Cliff-Driver-Found... Received tip that CHP believes driver likely died of heart attack prior to going off cliff James Yacorzynski
2020 14-May-20 USA CA Two-car collision on freeway 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://www.newsopi.com/breaking-news/fatal-two-car-crash-205... Gary Marchi
2020 5-May-20 USA CA Drunk driver crashes into Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Sunday-Fatal-Dui-Crash-Victim-Was-70-Year-Old-San-15249727.php
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2020 4-May-20 Norway Tesla strikes a man standing next to his parked truck 1 - - 1 - - S 1 1 https://motor.no/autopilot-nyheter-tesla/tesla-pa-auto-styring-da-mann-ble-meid-ned/188623
2020 24-Apr-20 Netherlands Tesla runs off road, crashes, catches fire 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.omroepgelderland.nl/nieuws/2446697/Tesla-vat-vlam...
2020 2-Apr-20 Taiwan Tesla rolls over and catches on fire 1 1 - - - 1 3 - - https://www.ddcar.com.tw/blogs/articles/detail/2136/Model-3-...
2020 1-Apr-20 USA OH Tesla drove off road into tree 1 - - - - 1 3 - - https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/fatal-crash-in-madison-county/
2020 8-Mar-20 USA GA Motorcyclist rear ends Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/motorcyclist-dies-after-vehicle-crash-gwinnett/SUGaJvGwLyPB4ye12V6zgO/ Zachary Stringer
2020 4-Mar-20 Netherlands Three car collision 1 - - 1 - - - - https://112vechtdal.nl/page/Nieuwsdetail/56859/hardenberger-36-omgekomen-bij-heftig-ongeval-op-n36-bij-beerze
2020 24-Feb-20 Canada Tesla drives off cliff 3 1 2 - - 3 3 - - https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/victims-in-fatal-crash-near-kamloops-were-father-and-two-sons-from-alberta Mike Cochlin Liam Cochlin Quinn Cochlin
2020 31-Jan-20 USA FL Nissan in front of Tesla loses control 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://www.winknews.com/2020/01/31/state-troopers-responding-to-charlotte-county-fatal-crash-along-us-41-tribune-blvd/ Aruthur Henry Oliver
2020 21-Jan-20 Germany Sudden unintended acceleration kills store patron 1 - - - 1 1 S - - https://www.ln-online.de/Nachrichten/Norddeutschland/Unfall-in-Nortorf-Tesla-faehrt-in-Glasfassade-Baumarkt-Kundin-stirbt
2020 19-Jan-20 Taiwan Tesla t-bones sedan, kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 X - - https://tw.news.appledaily.com/local/20200119/XX25RREJHMJLCRKF4ZZNV2VERI/ Zhang
2020 18-Jan-20 USA CA Tesla strikes sign, burns 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://abc7news.com/5862228/
2020 5-Jan-20 USA NV Tesla runs red, strikes car, burns 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.deseret.com/utah/2020/1/10/21060343/tesla-west-valley-city-utah-woman-hit-in-weekend-collision-dies-north-temple Sarina Astorga
2020 4-Jan-20 USA FL Tesla strikes Mercury 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/2020/02/15/cape-coral-woman-dies-injuries-jan-4-crash/4770506002/ Augustina Lillie
2019 29-Dec-19 USA IN Tesla rear ends parked fire truck 1 - 1 - - 1 3 - - https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/arizona/arizona-woman-dies-after-her-car-crashes-into-fire-truck-on-indiana-freeway/75-349be661-18ff-452d-a0e0-e438b2e1f8e7 Jenna Monet
2019 29-Dec-19 USA CA Tesla runs red light after exiting freeway 2 - - 2 - - S - - https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-31/fatal-tesla-crash-nhtsa-gardena-los-angeles
2019 23-Dec-19 Slovenia Drunk driver strikes Tesla 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.vecer.com/za-smrtno-nesreco-v-mariboru-kriv-voznik-peugeota-ki-z-vozilom-sploh-ne-bi-smel-biti-v-prometu-10107555
2019 19-Dec-19 USA FL Police SUV strikes Tesla 2 1 1 - - 2 - - https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/sarasotacounty/charles-barancik-philanthropist-killed-in-crash-involving-police-cruiser/67-df1c320b-0aa7-4e62-ba9e-99890579b43f Charles Barancik
2019 11-Dec-19 USA CA Tesla strikes turning Lexus 1 - - 1 - - X - - https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-news/witness-comforts-driver-as-he-dies-from-crash-injuries?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true
2019 10-Dec-19 USA NV Kia rear ends Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/police-driver-dies-weeks-after-crash-in-west-valley/
2019 1-Dec-19 USA TX Struck Ford veers into Tesla's lane 2 - - 2 - - - - https://www.fox44news.com/news/local-news/two-killed-in-three-vehicle-crash-near-hearne/
2019 24-Nov-19 Taiwan Tesla strikes divider, driver falls to death 1 1 - - - 1 3 - - http://taiwanenglishnews.com/driver-falls-to-his-death-from-elevated-road-after-crashing-tesla/
2019 22-Nov-19 USA CA Tire strikes Tesla 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://patch.com/california/sanclemente/fatal-crash-northbound-i-5-after-tire-crashes-car
2019 21-Nov-19 USA CA Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 S - - http://teslaspacex.trendolizer.com/2019/11/abc7-breaking-news-emelio-perez-34-has-died-days.html Emelio Perez
2019 20-Nov-19 USA FL Tesla turns into oncoming traffic 1 1 - - - 1 3 - - https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/driver-dies-in-three-vehicle-crash-on-state-road-7 Robert Krottner
2019 20-Nov-19 Austria Tesla strikes impact attenuator 1 1 - - - 1 3 - - https://www.tt.com/panorama/unfall/16287163/tesla-fahrer-nach-unfall-auf-inntalautobahn-bei-inzing-verstorben
2019 20-Nov-19 USA CA Tesla in multi vehicle crash 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/man-killed-in-san-jose-hit-and-run-driver-sought/
2019 14-Nov-19 Germany Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 3 - - https://www.rtl.de/cms/unfall-auf-b19-bei-ulm-tesla-erfasst-joggerin-frau-tot-4437269.html
2019 10-Nov-19 USA FL Wrong way driver strikes Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/osceola-county/os-ne-fatal-crash-state-road-429-20191110-igqitu74urfsphce572av5x44e-story.html
2019 7-Nov-19 USA CA Two car collision 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/11/07/fatal-crash-tesla-van-nuys/
2019 1-Nov-19 Norway Three car collision 1 - - ? - - S - - https://www.sognavis.no/etterlyser-fraren-av-kvit-tesla-etter-ddsulukka-i-flm Nina Mogster
2019 19-Oct-19 USA PA Man thrown from vehicle, struck by Tesla 1 - - 1 - - X - - https://www.dailyitem.com/news/local_news/driver-dies-after-being-ejected-from-vehicle/article_00ad5107-9d82-5fcb-b1ee-c7d31d39471e.html Joan Fernando Valerio Jimenez
2019 17-Oct-19 Germany Tesla turns into oncoming motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.idowa.de/inhalt.niederviehbach-schwerer-unfall-zwischen-auto-und-motorrad.e2929434-cf9e-4536-bab3-4c54840748c1.html
2019 12-Oct-19 USA CA Wrong way driver strikes Tesla, Tesla burns 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://onscene.tv/chino-hills-one-dead-after-fiery-crash/
2019 22-Sep-19 USA NV Tesla runs red light 1 - - 1 - - 3 - - https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/1-dead-after-multi-vehicle-crash-in-northwest-las-vegas-1854434/
2019 17-Sep-19 USA FL Tesla into oncoming traffic 1 1 - - - 1 1 - https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/osceola-county/os-ne-osceola-polk-line-road-fatal-crash-20190918-m5hgbty6l5csfe2qo3mlmxr7sa-story.html CASE ID: /11302656 AP claimed in NHTSA complaint
2019 11-Sep-19 USA OH Tesla rolls thru stop sign, collides with Subaru 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/geauga-county/..., Footage of crash Marjorie Hill
2019 11-Sep-19 USA VA Tesla kills motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/fatal-crash-in-springfield-5/amp/?__twitter_impression=true Wayne Marbury
2019 8-Sep-19 USA CA Honda rear ends Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/13/child-dies-days-after-san-jose-vehicle-accident/
2019 7-Sep-19 USA PA Tesla drives through T intersection, into woods 1 - 1 - - 1 3 - - https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/09/07/One-dead-vehicle-crash-in-Indiana-County-Daniel-Rodkey/stories/201909070084 Daniel J. Rodkey
2019 1-Sep-19 Germany Tesla into oncoming traffic 2 - - 2 - - - - https://www.n-tv.de/wirtschaft/Tesla-Fahrer-sorgt-fuer-toedlichen-Crash-article21248572.html
2019 24-Aug-19 USA CA Tesla rear ends Ford 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Update-One-Killed-Two-Injured-In-I-880-Crash-14376631.php
2019 15-Aug-19 Germany Tesla kills motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - S - - http://www.wiesbadenaktuell.de/startseite/news-detail-view/article/toedlicher-unfall-rollerfahrer-stirbt-bei-kollision-auf-der-b455-bei-wiesbaden.html
2019 4-Aug-19 USA DE
Tesla drives into office building, kills occupant
1 - - - 1 1 3 - - http://firststateupdate.com/2019/08/woman-injured-when-tesla-crashed-into-bay-to-the-beach-has-succumbed-to-her-injuries/ Kaity West
2019 21-Jul-19 USA CA Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 3 - - https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/07/21/pedestrian-dead-speeding-tesla-crash-san-francisco-red-light/
2019 13-Jul-19 USA CA Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 - - https://www.ocregister.com/2019/07/14/pedestrian-hit-killed-near-tustin-marketplace-saturday-night/
2019 8-Jul-19 USA IA Car drifts into Tesla's lane 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2019/07/08/black-hawk-county-iowa-fatal-crash-elk-hauling-trucks-collision-honda-tesla-driving-safety/1678196001/
2019 30-Jun-19 USA CA Single car crash near Menifee 1 1 - - - 1 3 1 - Family member, friends, lawyer, social media, Temecula CHP Case ID: 91121642
2019 7-Jun-19 Ukraine Tesla strikes construction vehicle 1 - 1 - - 1 X - - https://autogeek.com.ua/na-trasse-zhitomir-kiev-jelektromobil-tesla-model-x-vletel-pod-gruzovik/
2019 4-Jun-19 USA CA Six vehicle crash 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.pe.com/2019/06/04/fatal-crash-on-southbound-15-freeway-in-temecula-sends-car-into-city-hall-parking-building/ Janet Genao
2019 31-May-19 USA CA Tesla rear ends Ford 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/06/01/seven-people-injured-in-four-car-pile-up-in-downtown-berkeley/
2019 30-Apr-19 Spain Car drifts into Tesla's lane 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.carscoops.com/2019/05/tesla-model-s-driver-survives-harsh-head-on-collision-in-spain/
2019 25-Apr-19 USA FL Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 S 1 - https://amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article230945733.html
2019 15-Apr-19 USA CA Tesla strikes on-ramp curb 1 - 1 - - 1 - - https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Woman-77-Ejected-From-Tesla-Struck-By-BMW-and-Killed-on-405-in-Long-Beach-508673011.html
2019 18-Mar-19 Canada Tesla strikes pole, burns 1 1 - - - 1 X - - https://bc.ctvnews.ca/driver-dead-after-tesla-crashes-into-pole-on-lougheed-highway-1.4340542
2019 10-Mar-19 USA FL BMW strikes Tesla 1 - 1 - - 1 3 - - https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/deerfield-beach/fl-ne-deerfield-fatal-crash-20190311-story.html
2019 1-Mar-19 USA FL Autopilot into 18 wheeler 1 1 - - - 1 3 1 1 https://electrek.co/2019/03/01/tesla-driver-crash-truck-trailer-autopilot/
2019 24-Feb-19 USA FL Tesla crashes into tree, burns 1 1 - - - 1 S - - https://www.local10.com/news/florida/broward/tesla-crashes-into-tree-in-davie-killing-driver-police-say?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar Omar Awan
2019 18-Feb-19 USA CA Tesla rear ends stopped car 1 1 - - - 1 S - - https://twitter.com/CaliforniaBrief/status/1098008474745679872
2019 30-Jan-19 Holland Driver mistakenly believes Autopilot is on 1 - - 1 - - S 1 - https://linkeddata.overheid.nl/front/portal/document-viewer?ext-id=ECLI:NL:RBOBR:2019:5057
2018 30-Dec-18 USA VA Early morning, single car collision 1 1 - - - 1 3 - - https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?fhid=17018&n=rod-rhines&pid=191245630
Car model confirmed in personal correspondence
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2018 26-Dec-18 USA NH Burned in New Ipswich crash 1 - 1 - - 1 X - - https://www.ledgertranscript.com/New-Ipswich-teen-passes-22902528
2018 15-Nov-18 Denmark Tesla into oncoming traffic 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/kvinde-draebt-i-ulykke-mand-alvorligt-kvaestet
2018 10-Nov-18 USA FL Tesla kills motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - X - - https://www.ocala.com/news/20181112/motorcyclist-33-killed-in-crash-sunday-near-micanopy?template=ampart
2018 9-Nov-18 USA CA Tesla crashes into tree 2 - 2 - - 2 S - - https://bondtaylor.com/palm-springs-ca-2-dead-2-injured-after-car-crashes-into-tree-at-north-farrell-and-francis-drives/ John Renner, investigation #18119-2207
2018 26-Oct-18 Canada Tesla drives off road 1 - 1 - - 1 - - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/jimmy-accurso-dies-car-collision-laurentians-1.4879309
James Accurso
2018 21-Sep-18 USA CA Single car collision in Anaheim on SR-91 1 1 - - - 1 S - - https://twitter.com/TotalTrafficLA/status/1043131566757699584?s=20 ST_CASE number 62037
2018 15-Sep-18 Japan Tesla rear ends stopped car 2 - - 2 - - X - - https://blog.goo.ne.jp/carintelligenceagency/e/13c86532c9a5dbdc8ef08ca9c006e782
2018 4-Aug-18 Holland Tesla crashes into tree 1 - 1 - - 1 S - - https://www.omroepgelderland.nl/nieuws/2321309/Vrouw-verliest-ongeboren-kindje-bij-ongeval-in-Nijmegen
2018 24-Jul-18 USA MO Concrete falls on Tesla 1 1 - - - 1 - - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5987991/Former-St-Louis-police-chiefs-wife-killed-freak-accident.html
2018 20-May-18 USA CA Tesla drives into pond 1 1 - - - 1 S - - https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fatal-Vehicle-Crash-Pond-San-Ramon-Crow-Canyon-Road-483200591.html Keith Leund
2018 10-May-18
Switzerland
Tesla drives into median, burns 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.thelocal.ch/20180515/swiss-tesla-accident-crash-may-have-sparked-battery-fire
2018 8-May-18 USA FL Two teens trapped in burning Tesla 2 1 1 - - 2 S - - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/tesla-crash-battery-fire-kills-two-teenagers/9747648
Edgar Martinez
Barrett Riley
2018 23-Mar-18 USA CA Autopilot into highway barrier 1 1 - - - 1 1 1 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/31/tesla-car-crash-autopilot-mountain-view
2018 12-Mar-18 Norway Sudden unintended acceleration into wall 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/83wmpe/first_death_recorded_in_a_tesla_in_norway/
2018 12-Mar-18 China Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 - - http://www.atimes.com/article/filipino-dies-run-car-causeway-bay/
2018 29-Apr-18 Japan
Sleeping Tesla driver kills motorcyclist
1 - - 1 - - X 1 1 https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20190722-00572515-shincho-soci&p=1
2018 28-Apr-18 USA OH Ohio prom night crash 1 - 1 - - 1 S - - https://www.journal-news.com/news/teen-admits-guilt-fatal-monroe-prom-night-crash/D5kGMQdhmoIIMF08eubVQL/
2017 22-Nov-17
Switzerland
Tesla rear ends stopped car 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/zuerich/nach-auffahrunfall-auf-der-a4-wegen-fahrlaessiger-toetung-verurteilt-tesla-fahrer-kommt-mit-busse-davon-id15140089.html
2017 14-Nov-17 Australia Tesla kills cyclist 1 - - - 1 1 - - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5081395/Champion-poker-player-49-involved-fatal-crash.html
2017 24-Sep-17 USA TN Tesla drives off road 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.wkrn.com/news/deadly-morning-on-middle-tennessee-roads-5-dead-in-3-crashes/1057466355 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=666&StateNum=47&CaseYear=2017 A Twitter search for "Cruzelite" and "Tesla" confirms Joel owned a Tesla. Joel also had a TMC account. Joel Michael
2017 13-Aug-17 USA AZ Tesla kills motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - - - http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/friends-remember-man-who-was-killed-in-a-motorcycle-crash-in-scottsdale ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=570&StateNum=4&CaseYear=2017 Greg Dolphin
2017 21-Jul-17 USA AZ Wrong way driver strikes Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.abc15.com/news/region-northeast-valley/scottsdale/wrong-way-driver-dead-in-l-101-crash-in-scottsdale ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=483&StateNum=4&CaseYear=2017
2017 25-Jun-17 USA CA Tesla strikes Camry 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/1-Killed-in-Collision-on-Del-Dios-Hwy-in-Escondido-430915993.html ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1066&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2017
2017 10-Jun-17 USA HI Unclear; see note at right 1 - - 1 - - S - - http://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/waimanalo-man-killed-in-crash-on-pali-hwy/901491841 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=41&StateNum=15&CaseYear=2017 News report describes a speeding driver striking a Tesla; video footage and Copart photos of car show an unblemished Tesla missing a rear wheel
2017 11-May-17 USA FL Tesla into oncoming traffic 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime--law/just-tesla-driver-loses-license-after-wreck-that-killed-glades-man/VasZGNTvfuIscNJA1zRPNO/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1197&StateNum=12&CaseYear=2017
Bryant Gonzalez
2017 26-Apr-17 Norway Tesla into oncoming traffic 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.dt.no/nyheter/royken/ulykke/mann-i-50-arene-siktet-for-uaktsomt-drap-etter-dodsulykke/s/5-57-620919
2017 13-Mar-17 USA CA Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 - - http://thefoothillspaper.com/2017/03/16/traffic-fatality-on-wentworth/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1578&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2017
2017 17-Jan-17 Germany Driver died in pileup 1 1 - - - 1 - - http://www.ln-online.de/Lokales/Stormarn/Massenkarambolage-Unfall-Tesla-wird-untersucht
2016 20-Dec-16 USA CA Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 X - - https://walterclark.com/blog/elderly-man-killed-palm-springs-pedestrian-collision/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=2962&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2016 James Scott
2016 23-Nov-16 USA IL Driver dead in Winnebago County 1 1 - - - 1 S - - https://medium.com/@MidwesternHedgi/teslas-driver-fatality-rate-is-more-than-triple-that-of-luxury-cars-and-likely-even-higher-433670ddde17 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=964&StateNum=17&CaseYear=2016 In NHTSA-FARS database
2016 3-Nov-16 USA IN Indianapolis fire 2 1 1 - - 2 - - https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2016/11/03/2-killed-fiery-tesla-crash-near-downtown/93227456/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=673&StateNum=18&CaseYear=2016
Casey Speckman
Kevin McCarthy
2016 10-Oct-16 USA NH Pileup 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://patch.com/new-hampshire/londonderry/one-killed-others-injured-5-vehicle-accident-i-93-nh ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=102&StateNum=33&CaseYear=2016
2016 7-Oct-16 USA CA Tesla kills motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - - - http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pasadena-hit-and-run-20161007-snap-story.html
2016 7-Sep-16 Holland Drove into wooded ravine 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.wanttoknow.nl/nieuws/teslaongeluk-baarn-tesla-waarschijnlijk-toch-schuldig/
2016 1-Sep-16 USA FL Motorcyclist rear ends Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - https://www.local10.com/news/fhp-identifies-motorcyclist-killed-on-i-95-crash ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1905&StateNum=12&CaseYear=2016
2016 15-Aug-16 USA CA Tesla rear ended 1 - 1 - - 1 S - - https://electrek.co/2016/08/15/rare-fatal-accident-tesla-model-s-rear-ended-large-suv/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1521&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2016
2016 29-Jul-16 USA FL Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 - - https://www.local10.com/traffic/police-investigate-womans-death-in-hit-and-run-near-miami-shores ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1615&StateNum=12&CaseYear=2016
2016 22-Jul-16 USA CA Passat strikes Tesla 1 - - 1 - - S - - https://www.ojaivalleynews.com/?view=article&id=12017:woman-in-fatal-baldwin-road-crash-identified&catid=864 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1448&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2016
2016 8-Jun-16 USA HI Nissan Altima wrong way into Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - http://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/maui-woman-killed-another-critically-injured-in-paia-crash/1025915044 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=41&StateNum=15&CaseYear=2016
2016 7-May-16 USA OH Autopilot into 18 wheeler 1 1 - - - 1 1 1 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/02/business/joshua-brown-technology-enthusiast-tested-the-limits-of-his-tesla.html ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=918&StateNum=12&CaseYear=2016 Joshua Brown
2016 22-Apr-16 USA CA Pedestrian killed in pileup 1 - - - 1 1 S - - https://www.ocregister.com/2016/04/26/homeless-man-identified-as-pedestrian-killed-after-getting-hit-by-cars-in-huntington-beach/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=2090&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2016
2016 8-Apr-16 USA OH Chevy Cobalt wrong way into Tesla 1 - - 1 - - - - http://www.nbc4i.com/local-news/serious-crash-shuts-down-part-of-i-270-in-west-columbus/1114360123 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=206&StateNum=39&CaseYear=2016
2016 20-Jan-16 China Autopilot into street sweeper 1 1 - - - 1 S 1 1 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/business/fatal-tesla-crash-in-china-involved-autopilot-government-tv-says.html Gao Yaning
2015 28-Dec-15 USA TX Sudden unintended acceleration into pool 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.chron.com/houston/article/Man-dies-after-crashing-Tesla-into-Houston-6723626.php No FARS report
2015 22-Dec-15 Canada Struck by dumptruck 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://electrek.co/2015/12/22/man-dies-tesla-model-s-crash-dump-truck-first-death/
2015 18-Nov-15 USA CA Tesla kills pedestrian 1 - - - 1 1 - - https://patch.com/california/fremont/pedestrian-dies-injuries-following-wednesdays-crash-0 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=2046&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2015
2015 25-Jun-15 USA HI Tesla drives off cliff 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.dailynews.com/2015/06/25/malibu-tesla-crash-victim-is-tim-devine-woodland-hills-husband-father/ No FARS report Tim Devine
2015 22-Jan-15 USA CA Tesla drives off cliff 1 1 - - - 1 S - - https://www.mercurynews.com/2015/01/22/los-gatos-man-killed-in-solo-vehicle-crash/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=103&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2015 Peter Kleis
2014 30-Dec-14 USA CA Tesla drives off cliff 1 1 - - - 1 - - http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3318773-181/pd-default-story-headline-xy?gallery=3314901 Louis Francis Thoelecke
2014 14-Jul-14 USA CA Tesla kills motorcyclist 1 - - 1 - - - - http://injurylawcentral.com/blog/dwight-dene-palmer-killed-newport-beach-motorcycle-accident-car ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=1169&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2014
2014 4-Jul-14 USA CA Thief crashes stolen Tesla 1 1 - - - 1 - - https://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5888463/car-thief-becomes-first-tesla-model-s-fatality ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=2795&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2014 Joshua Slot
2014 4-Jul-14 USA CA Tesla rear ends stopped car 3 - - 3 - - - - https://insideevs.com/3-dead-in-toyota-corolla-tesla-model-s-collision-video/ ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=2846&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2014
2013 2-Nov-13 USA CA Tesla kills cyclist 1 - - - 1 1 - - http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20140718/judge-sentences-man-for-fatal-tesla-vs-bike-collision-calls-driver-a-saint-victim-an-angel No FARS report
2013 2-Apr-13 USA CA Tesla veers into opposite lane 2 - - 2 - - S - - http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/02/local/la-me-ln-laguna-beach-accident-20130402 ...ShowData=accform&CaseNum=2508&StateNum=6&CaseYear=2013
Alberto Casique-Salinas
Armando Garcia-Gonzales
130 38 19 58 13 68 11 3 USA
59 19 7 21 9 37 7 3 Abroad
190 58 26 79 22 106 18 6 Total 90bsp;
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
3 6 5 16 11 21 50 44 34
Note: Autopilot released Oct 14, 2015

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many Tesla Autopilot crashes have resulted in death?

Based on conclusions from completed NHTSA investigations as well as expert testimony in court cases pertaining to the specific crashes, the total is currently six crashes leading to six deaths. That said, there are at least seven other incidents in the US alone that the NHTSA investigated according to a FOIA request from Reuters. Our dataset features the seven likely incidents.

Q: What does all this mean? What can we compare these Tesla accident numbers to?

The IIHS periodically releases data about car by type and driver deaths per million registered vehicle years. The closest categorization to apply to Tesla's is midsized luxury SUVs as they certainly are not cheap, what with the total cost of a hard-to-find standard Model 3 is still more than 35,000 USD. As shown by the chart, there are multiple models that have zero. We invite the users to calculate the rates for the other models to understand the comparison better. IIHS chart for 2017 luxury midsized cars
Available at IIHS.org

As of , we are aware of the following non-Tesla electric vehicle deaths:

May 27, 2021: Nissan - Leaf - 1 death (https://bristowbeat.com/stories/young-man-dies-in-bristow-road-car-crash,6851)

Nov. 9, 2020: Chevrolet - Bolt - 1 death (https://kyiv.24tv.ua/ru/kieve-legkovushka-nasmert-sbil-policejskij-kriminalnye-novosti-ukrainy_n1455187)

Feb 28, 2020: Renault - Zoe - 2 deaths (https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18268675.two-women-die-serious-car-crash-a27-near-chichester/ )

June 18, 2020: Jaguar - IPace - 1 death (https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/vQa4ym/19-aaring-doede-etter-ulykke-paa-soeraas)

July 31, 2019: Nissan - Leaf - 1 death (https://www.pipestonestar.com/articles/collision-claims-life-of-71-year-old-balaton-woman/)

May 29, 2012: BYD - e6 electric taxi - 1 death (https://www.greencarreports.com/...)

Q: Why do you include deaths where the Tesla was not at fault?

NHTSA death statistics cited by Elon Musk do not differentiate between at-fault and not-at-fault. All manufacturers are treated the same way. For the purposes of calculating Tesla fatalities in accordance with NHTSA methodology, I also do not include the many deaths in other vehicles, despite Teslas being at fault in the majority of those cases.

Q: Why do you include deaths in other vehicles, as well as pedestrian and cyclist deaths?

There is also a column that shows only driver deaths.

Q: Your data captures all driving miles. But Autopilot is safer!

See the Jalopnik article on the Resources tab, which discusses the NHTSA coverup of Autopilot data.

Q: You are just counting deaths in news articles. You can't base any conclusions on that.

Deaths reported in news articles are a lower bound on Tesla deaths and Tesla accidents in general.

Q: Tesla only has 3x the driver deaths of luxury vehicles because you're comparing Tesla to Lamborghinis and Bugattis that are seldom driven.

No. The 'Medium' article on the Resources tab compares Teslas to BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes.

Q: You include a death where a piece of concrete fell on a Tesla. That's absurd!

See the first question above. Auto fatality statistics include all deaths, no matter how absurd. So to compare Tesla to other vehicles, we need to include all deaths.