Tesla Cybertruck production recently began, and customers have been receiving orders. That meant that, unfortunately, it was only a matter of time until one crashed on public roads. The first Cybertruck crash happened, and no one was seriously injured in the endeavor.
What Happened In The First Documented Tesla Cybertruck Crash?
The California Highway Patrol reported that the incident transpired on December 28 on State Route 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard, outside San Jose. A driver in a Toyota Corolla went off the road, overcorrected, and came across the double yellow line to strike the Cybertruck heading in the opposite direction. The Cybertruck driver suffered minor injuries and didn’t require an ambulance to transport them to the hospital. Two other passengers in the pickup weren’t hurt in the crash. Meanwhile, the Corolla driver was unharmed.
Photos of the accident suggest that the crash was more of a sideswipe than a head-on collision. Deep scratches in the pickup’s driver’s side and the fender flare ripped off the vehicle. The impact was hard enough to cause the EV‘s side curtain airbag to deploy. Meanwhile, the Corolla had more significant damage, which isn’t all that surprising considering that the car’s body is mostly plastic. A dashcam video shows the crash scene, giving us a good view of the damage sustained by the Corolla and where the Cybertruck ended up after the incident.
The cost for the Tesla Cybertruck owner to repair the pickup is still being determined. Based on the Tesla parts catalog, a front fender costs $550 plus installation, while a new front fascia and powered frunk are $2,845.75 combined. We’re glad that no one was seriously injured in this crash, especially considering that there has been no independent testing from groups like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to evaluate the EV’s safety, which means things could have been much worse.