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Texas cities led the nation in car crashes in 2019

Austin, Texas was one of the top cities for car crashes in 2019.

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Accidents happen and if one insurance company is to be believed, mayhem ensues. A new national traffic study by Go Safe Labs shows that Houston, Texas lead the country in car crashes in 2019. Austin and Dallas are ranked in fourth and fifth place on the list.

The survey revealed that there were nearly 1 million accidents across the United States in 2019. The amount a city's accident rate rose or fell from 2018 is based on Go Safe Labs' data science team's review of over 1.8 million accident reports from 2018 and 2019. Using publicly available data from local, state and federal sources, the group identified the top ten cities with the most accidents in 2019:

No. 10 - Phoenix

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The city of Phoenix, Arizona had 9,876 car crashes in 2019, a 23.5 percent increase over 2018's number.

No. 9 - Nashville

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Music City is the 24th most populated city in the U.S. and had 10,091 crashes in 2019, down 15.4 percent from 2018.

No. 8 - Baton Rouge

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The Capital of Louisiana had 11,313 car crashes in 2019 which is a 5.6 percent decrease from 2018's number of incidents.

No. 7 - Oklahoma City

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The city that was founded during the Land Run of 1889 saw 12,476 car crashes in 2019, up 6.1 percent from 2018.

No. 6 - Raleigh

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North Carolina's state capital was home to 12,846 crashes in 2019, a decrease of 25.5 percent year-over-year.

No. 5 - Dallas

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Dallas is the largest city in Texas but out of the three Texas cities on this list, Dallas had the least amount of crashes. Their 14.685 incidents were three percent more than in 2018.

No. 4 - Austin

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Austin is the fastest-growing city in the U.S. and it had one of the highest number of car crashes for a major city in 2019. Its 16,635 incidents were up three percent year-over-year.

No. 3 - Los Angeles

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Car crashes were up 24.6 percent last year in Los Angeles. The City of Angels was home to 19,660 crashes in 2019.

No. 2 - Charlotte

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Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Museum where cars rubbing against each other is celebrated. On the city's streets, there were 21,818 crashes in 2019. That's down 13.3 percent from 2018.

No. 1 - Houston

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Houston is the home to the most car crashes in the U.S. In 2019, the city had 22,188 incidents. That number, while highest in the country, is down 12.1 percent year-over-year.

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This one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership with Hermès.

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A new, bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership between the super luxury automaker and Hermès, a French luxury goods company. The Phantom Oribe was designed and handcrafted by bespoke specialists at both houses after being commissioned by Japanese entrepreneur, art collector and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa.

The exterior of the car was designed to match the green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, something Maezawa is a prominent collector of. The upper part of the saloon is finished in Oribe Green, a bespoke color created exclusively for this client over the course of many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Center at Goodwood, the home of Rolls-Royce. In an uncharcacteristic twist, the paint formulation will be made available for use on the client's private jet.

The lower section of the car is cream colored.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe design process

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The interior of the Phantom is designed to seamlessly meet the exterior as colorways and textures blend to create a unique and intimate riding experience.​ The cabin of the vehicle is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending from the steering wheel to the duchess handles, gear selector, and rotary controls. Further, it covers the upper instrument panel, interior pillars, and parcel shelf.

The car's glove compartment, luggage compartment lining, center console, and decanter stowage compartment have also been constructed using the material. The glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.

Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats complete the look.

Hermès created all the leather upholstery using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers.

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The interior also features wooden speaker frets that have been created by perforating open pore Royal Walnut, which also features on the center and rear console and picnic table backs. The Hermès 'Toile H' finds a home on canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and headliner.

The Phantom's Gallery wears unique artwork that Hermès commissioned that is based on the work of celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron. The work has been handprinted on the wood and is presented behind a wall of glass.

"This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear and imaginative vision, and a great thrill to see it realized so perfectly," said Michael Bryden, Lead Designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective.

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E did not perform as well as the Volvo XC40 Recharge in IIHS testing.

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The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the results of its latest round of crash testing, which includes two new-to-market electric vehicles (EVs), the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Volvo earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation while the Ford got a Top Safety Pick award.

The 2021 XC40 Recharge joins the Audi E-Tron, Audi E-Tron Sportback, and Tesla Model 3, all EVs, that have received 2021 Top Safety Pick+ designation.

"It's fantastic to see more proof that these vehicles are as safe as or safer than gasoline- and diesel-powered cars," says IIHS President David Harkey. "We can now say with confidence that making the U.S. fleet more environmentally friendly doesn't require any compromises in terms of safety."

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In order to earn a 2021 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must get all Good ratings in each of the six IIHS crashworthiness tests — driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. Winners must also be available with Good or Acceptable headlights and a front crash prevention system that earns Advanced or Superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+ award winner, vehicles must come with Good or Acceptable headlights across all trim levels and packages in addition to the Top Safety Pick criteria.

The XC40 Recharge's adaptive LED reflector headlights, which are installed on every XC40 Recharge model. The SUV's standard front crash prevention system also earns Superior and Advanced scores in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to- pedestrian evaluations, respectively.

Ford sells the Mustang Mach-E with Good-rated LED projector headlights on Premium, GT, and First Edition trim levels. However, LED reflector headlights that are on the Mustang Mach-E Select and California Route 1 grades are rated as Marginal, which prevented the Mustang from earning the top-tier rating. IIHS found that these headlights provided inadequate illumination around curves.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E IIHS crash test

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The Mach-E's standard front crash prevention system earned Superior ratings in both the vehicle- to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

A recent study of electric and internal combustion engine vehicles from 2011 to 2019 by the IIHS-affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) found that rates of injury claims related to the drivers and passengers of electric vehicles were more than 40 percent lower than for identical conventional models over 2011-19.

HLDI points to the weight of EVs as being one of the key drivers of this statistic. Large batteries that are required to run EVs are substantially heavier than traditional powertrain components. Occupants of heavier vehicles are exposed to lower forces in multi-vehicle crashes.

The XC40 Recharge has a curb weight of 4,787 pounds, compared with 3,811 pounds for the conventional model. The Mustang Mach-E weighs 4,516 pounds.

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