BMW Drivers Scream ‘Hold My Beer’ As Tesla Drivers Crush It As Most Accident-Prone In 2023

Tesla was involved in 23.54 crashes per 1,000 drivers, but Ram drivers fared worse overall with higher rates of speeding tickets, DUIs and other incidents.

December 24, 2023 at 10:10 am

    BMW Drivers Scream 'Hold My Beer' As Tesla Drivers Crush It As Most Accident-Prone In 2023

The high cost of repairing Tesla vehicles may not be the only reason their drivers pay big premium insurance. Between November 2022 and November 2023, Tesla drivers had the highest share of accidents per capita in America, according to a recent study by insurance provider LendingTree.

The study investigated data from tens of millions of insurance quotes and revealed that Tesla were involved in 23.54 accidents per 1,000 drivers. This marked the automaker with the highest accident rate, followed by Ram (22.76) and Subaru (20.90).

On the other hand, the brands whose drivers participated in it least accidents all were discontinued: Pontiac (8.41), Mercury (8.96) and Saturn (9.13). Meanwhile, Chrysler (11.07), Cadillac (11.13) and Lincoln (11.69) are the incumbent brands whose vehicles drive the most carefully.

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“A vehicle’s accident rate is just one factor that insurance companies look at to determine how risky a particular model may be to insure,” says Rob Bhatt. LendingTree insurance expert. “This means that a previous ticket, accident or DUI on your driving record usually has a greater impact on your rates than your vehicle’s safety record.”

Fortunately for Tesla drivers and their insurance premiums, they didn’t top the list of total insurance-related driving mistakes. That difference is for the Ram, which had 32.9 incidents (including accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and citations) per 1,000 drivers.

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Ram vehicles placed in the top five in all four incident categories. They led in cases of speeding per 1000 drivers (4.42). Additionally, they had the second highest DUI rate (1.72), fifth highest citation rate (8.0) and unsurprisingly the second highest accident rate (22.76) in the industry.

The brand with the highest DUI rate among its drivers was BMW. In fact, its rate of 3.13 per 1,000 drivers far exceeded the rest of the industry and was nearly double Ram’s rate (1.72). Subaru drivers ranked third worst in the industry with odds of 1.45.

Interestingly, Tesla drivers fared relatively well when it came to DUIs, with a rate of 1.02 per 1,000 drivers, placing them 20th on the list. It remains unclear what exactly contributes to the automaker’s high accident rate but high performance and other factors may be at fault.

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