This Toyota Prius driver tried to get out of a hit and run, but thanks to Tesla’s recent OTA, this Tesla Model 3 owner had side cam footage on his side.
Tesla Model 3 owner Brian Shim was traveling southbound on Interstate 101 near the I-10 interchange in Los Angeles when a Toyota Prius driver performed an illegal lane change and hit his Tesla Model 3, using the gradual on-ramp lane divider to squeeze his way through before coming in contact with his rear fender.
When chased and threatened with a call to the police, the Prius driver doubled-down on their stupidity, but was handed a slice of sweet justice by CHP and their insurance thanks to the Tesla Model 3’s side cam footage.
Check out the Tesla Model 3 providing the crucial evidence below. Read the entire caption for the full story.
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Justice!! 👏🏼 On August 13, 2019, I was driving Stormy & travelling southbound on the 110 freeway, on autopilot, and established in lane. A white Prius crossed into a divided section and tapped Stormy's passenger rear side. 😖 From the CHP police report: "Driver of Prius was determined to be the cause of this collision by driving vehicle in violation of 21658 CVC (unsafe lane change)" The Prius driver actually made an attempt to flee, but I followed the driver and flagged her down. Prius driver then refused to give out license and insurance information, & also threatened to use her own dashcam footage, if I proceeded with an insurance claim. Unfortunately, I was left with no choice but to call California Highway Patrol to file a report (such a waste of time for CHP!). The 2 CHP officers that arrived on scene were blown away by the footage from the Tesla's built-in cameras (both had not seen this feature before), and when they asked to see the dashcam footage from the Prius driver's vehicle, conveniently, the Prius driver told CHP that the dashcam was "not working" #smh 🤦🏻♂️ Claim was closed out by the Prius driver’s insurance on November 8, 2019 – no doubt that had the TeslaCam footage not been available, this would have been a drawn out claim and most likely would have ended with another selfish driver "getting away with it" • • #justice #tesla #teslacam #dashcam #teslalife #zeroemissions #ev #autopilot #110freeway #losangeles #thankyou #chp #humanpilot #error
“The 2 CHP officers that arrived on scene were blown away by the footage from the Tesla’s built-in cameras (both had not seen this feature before), and when they asked to see the dashcam footage from the Prius driver’s vehicle, conveniently, the Prius driver told CHP that the dashcam was “not working”
We’ve all been frustrated with these illegal lane changers at some point in our lives, especially if you live in California. Rather than taking the L, exiting, and re-routing, they risk life and limb to squeeze back into traffic, getting away with it every time because few people call them out on their brazen stupidity.
Here’s the exact location where the incident took place. You can scroll through at your leisure but you can see just how long the lane split occurs.
Before, this dash cam footage was not possible on the Tesla Model 3, but, thanks to a recent Tesla over the air update in February, Tesla owners can now access side cam footage including the front cam.
This can prove invaluable in situations like this where normally it’s a case of “he said she said.”
Hopefully, this becomes standard on other cars besides Teslas. Not only would this be useful to insurance companies, it’s a peace of mind for owners wrongfully accused of something they might’ve not done or forced to provide evidence to right a wrong.
Lane squeezers beware, if you attempt an illegal lane change anywhere near a Tesla, you’re being watched.