What Are the Safest Cars to Drive?

While in previous years, I said that Volvo is the safest car to drive, I believe Tesla cars are now the safest cars to drive on the road when considering protection to the occupants, although Volvo is almost as good.

As personal injury lawyers in New York since 1991, we have only represented one injured client in a car accident when driving a Volvo and she didn’t have a serious injury. While Tesla hasn’t been around as long as Volvo, we haven’t represented anyone injured in a Tesla.

tree fell on tesla

Even though Tesla hasn’t been making cars as long as Volvo, the videos and information here demonstrate to me that Tesla is now the safest car to drive.

IIHS Top Safety Pick


The 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick for MIDSIZE LUXURY CAR / 4-DOOR SEDAN is the Tesla Model 3.


The 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick for SMALL SUV / 4-DOOR SUV is the Volvo XC40.

Lower Limb Injury and Safety

The lower leg compartment or footwell is the one area that most auto manufacturers have ignored. Injuries caused by collapse and compression of the footwell compartment in a car accident often cause leg, knee, ankle, and foot fractures.

A lower limb fracture is a devastating injury that develops into a lifelong disability with pain from arthritis.

Not only do these fractures become a devastating disability but they usually cost $30,000 to 75,000 for medical treatment. Additionally, leg, knee, ankle, and foot fractures are usually worth $250,000 to $1,500,000 in a personal injury lawsuit.

That costs drivers a lot of money because insurance companies have to pass on both the cost of medical treatment and the personal injury settlements for leg, knee, ankle, and foot fractures.

Tesla Footwell Intrusion

The only area the Tesla Model 3 did not get the highest rating was for driver injury of the lower leg/foot but it was rated A for acceptable.

Volvo Footwell Intrusion

The Volvo XC40 received the highest rating in driver injury for the lower leg/foot. Tesla needs to do some work here. However, the Volvo XC40 did not do as well as Tesla in the side test.

Tesla Model 3 vs a Sycamore Tree

The Tesla Model 3 is apparently crush-proof, at least from this plane tree (Sycamore tree). The video shows the aftermath after a tree fell on a Tesla Model 3. The car is almost unscathed. The windows are intact and the driver was able to open the door and get out.

It looks like the driver just had to brush off the leaves and pieces of the tree and get on his way.

After what happened to my Wife’s encounter with a tree in her Mercedes I think she will want a Tesla, probably a Cybertruck. I have two Cybertrucks on order but she wants a Model X.

tree in Mercedes windshield

Not a Tesla but since we’re showing trees attacking cars, here’s another one.

Tesla Models Have the Lowest Probability of Injury of Any Vehicle

Tesla Model 3 had the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by NHTSA. Tesla’s Model S and Model X still hold the record for the second and third lowest probabilities of injury, making Tesla vehicles the safest ever rated by NHTSA.

What Are the Safest Cars to Fly?

It’s a good thing Tesla is a safe car for its occupants because that’s useful after a short unscheduled flight without a flight plan.

The driver of this Tesla was believed to have a medical emergency when his Telsa flew approximately 85′ through the air when it hit a tree at an altitude of about 20′ and then hit the tops of a few more trees.

The towing company wrote, “From what we were told, the driver seems to be alert with minor injuries.”

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