We’re not sure what it’s going to take the NHTSA to establish some sort of pattern, but sadly, if they haven’t “gotten it” by now we’re not sure that they’re ever going to. And when people start dying from these types of accidents, there’s going to be a lot of blame to go around.
Yet another Tesla has somehow wound up buried in yet another storefront.
In Palm Springs late last week a driver suffered minor injuries after “crashing a Tesla into a building”, according to the Palm Spring Desert Sun. Stop us if you’ve seen a photograph like this one before:
The car plowed through the front of Desert Vision Optometry, also causing minor injuries to an employee. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The car crashed through the “front of the building” and “stopped in the lobby” according to reports. Workers in the building said that no one else was injured.
But even more noteworthy is the fact that this is the second time in a week that a Tesla has crashed through the front of the building in the Coachella Valley.
On March 4, another driver, an elderly woman, plowed her Tesla through the front of Mastro’s Steakhouse in Palm Desert.
The Palm Springs Fire Department Tweeted out video of the latest incident, showing the Tesla lodged in the storefront:
Alert- units are currently on scene of the 500 block of South Sunrise, vehicle into a commercial structure, at this time 2 possible patients. pic.twitter.com/8KDa5fEJyc
— Palm Springs Fire Department (@PalmSpringsFire) March 12, 2020
While the cause of the first accident is still under investigation, what exactly is it going to take for regulators to start to notice this pattern, which is becoming egregious, and begin to ask pointed questions about why, every time we see a vehicle crash through a storefront in the United States, it just happens to be a Tesla.
We won’t hold our breath waiting for that to happen.