Car Crashes –

There’s not much to say about this video, except that it’s amazing how the guy shooting this movie is still alive and able to upload the clip on YouTube. Although, I can’t help thinking…should he curse the truck driver for driving like a maniac or should he thank him for managing the situation brilliantly and not killing him. What do you say?

PS: One of comments on YouTube is absolutely hilarious. You can imagine the truck driver shouting “Get out of my way, I gotta deliver this wood!”


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Insurance company Allstate has charted the safest driving cities in the USA by studying the number of insurance claims and recorded accidents from the last 12 months.

This data was compiled, and it resulted that Fort Collins, Colorado, is this year’s safest city to drive in. According to the data, drivers in that city will get into an accident every 14.5 years, which is 31.2 percent better than the national average.

The last spot is occupied by Washington D.C. Inhabitants of the country’s capital city are subject to an accident every 5.1 years. One spot above is Baltimore, Maryland, where inhabitants filed for insurance claims every 5.6 years.

Hit the jump to see a video from Allstate with the results and a few tips for safer driving. Check out the complete results at Allstate’s website

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The BMW X5 is definitely a pretty capable SUV, as highlighted when it mounted several cars while being driven by a woman from Canada.

Now, the X5 is put through its paces as a make-shift stunt car, with an owner trying to jump and/or flip it in mid-air. For our amusement, he decided to film the whole attempt, which, as you can imagine, didn’t exactly go so well.

Check out the failed stunt attempt in a video after the jump.

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Seeing as how the Ferrari 458 Italia is currently dominating headlines with its fire prone nature, a new incident seeks to keep the also flammable Audi R8 on top.

Manchester City football player Mario Balotelli has crashed his matte black Audi R8 on the streets of the British city, presumably in a collision with a BMW.

While the German supercar didn’t burst into flames, like in certain recent incidents, the front end is pretty damaged. Luckily, Balotellli sustained no injuries and is already training alongside his teammates. With his massive salary, courtesy of the sheiks that own the Manchester City club, he also won’t mind the repair bill for the R8.


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It seems that the Audi R8 should move over as a new model has become the most flammable exotic supercar in the world. We are, of course, talking about the extremely fire-prone Ferrari 458 Italia.

After seeing it burn in France and in Switzerland, we now get to see the first video of a 458 Italia going up in flames in China of all places.

In all seriousness though, Ferrari should definitely look into this problem as if there’s a problem with the supercar, it should be fixed as soon as possible.

Check out the fiery footage below with the burning Ferrari 458 Italia.

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Here we are with yet another supercar crash, but this time (luckily) no fire happened, like with the recent Ferrari 458 Italia or Audi R8 incidents.

It seems that a German Mclaren F1 owner decided to take the expensive hypercar for a run on the famous Autobahn. Sadly, according to police, another driver pulled out in front of the powerful model and the F1 driver swerved to avoid crashing.

The McLaren didn’t manage to stop in time, and impacted two parked cars, damaging the left front part.

While you may think this isn’t a serious accident, the bill for the repairs is estimated at around $130,000, more than the price of a lot of brand new supercars.

Still, the driver escaped unharmed, and is definitely relieved to see that the McLaren F1, which now is sold for a few million dollars, hasn’t been totaled.


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Without a doubt one of the most expected stages of the 2010 World Rally Championship season is the Rally of Finland.

The Scandinavian special stages are spectacular in nature, boasting a tough gravel surface with big jumps and perilous corners.

Even though he was racing on his home turf, the first day of the rally got the better of Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen, who crashed during one of the stages. Even though the accident was spectacular, the driver, together with his teammate, managed to escape without a scratch.

Check out the footage of the Hirvonen’s big crash after the jump.

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Last week we revealed the scorched remains of what used to be a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar.

Now, photos of the actual car being on fire have appeared, courtesy of our friends from WreckedExotics.

As we can see, it seems that the car was actually owned by a Swiss man, even though in the previous pictures it was surrounded by cars registered in France. The incident took place on July 14, and, luckily, no one was hurt.

It seems that the rear-mounted engine caught fire first, and eventually spread to the rest of the car. In the end, as we saw last week, just a hulking pile of aluminum remained.

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At the end of last week, we reported on a Ferrari 458 Italia catching fire in Paris, France. Luckily for the owner, the blaze was quickly put out thanks to a passerby, and the luxury supercar sustained minimal damage.

Now, it seems that another French 458 Italia owner wasn’t so lucky. The smoldering remains you see above and below are all that remained after the Italian supercar caught fire while being parked in front of the owner’s home.

No one was hurt, but you can be sure that all new Ferrari 458 Italia owners are becoming more and more nervous. Still, at least they don’t own the current most fire-prone supercar, the Audi R8.


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Crashes are, sadly, an essential part of motorsport, as contact between cars, either Formula 1 dedicated racers or touring cars, ends up pretty badly.

The latest car crash comes from the UK’s Brands Hatch circuit, where a race in the Seat Leon Euro Cup competition was held.

During the race, Portuguese driver Francisco Carvalho was touched by a fellow racer, which sent his Leon touring car out of control. The car crashed into a barrier which sent it flying over the heads of race officials.

Miraculously, no one was hurt, not even Carvalho, who now has one heck of a story to tell.

Check out the terrifying crash in the video after the jump.

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Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we talk about the most exciting races from the last three days and share the results with you.

This week, things slowed down a bit, but we still had plenty of interesting things to see. In Europe, the Moto GP championship held its German GP event at Sachsenring, while in the USA, Nascar‘s Nationwide Series saw the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 race take place at the Gateway International Raceway.

Curious to see how Valentino Rossi’s performance after missing four races because of broken leg, or want to check out a video of a massive crash sustained by Brad Keselowski in the Nascar race? Then hit the jump and find out.

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Owning a supercar is pretty much an extreme sport, not just because of the massive power developed by these models, but also because a fire may erupt at any moment.

After our previous Audi R8 fire stories, Ferrari once again takes the center stage.

This time, a new Ferrari 458 Italia supercar caught fire on the streets of Paris. Luckily, the blaze wasn’t that severe, occupying just the rear panel of the Italian model. A passerby quickly intervened with a fire extinguisher, limited the damage suffered by the 458 Italia.

No concrete details are known, so you’ll just have to settle for these photos captured by an Autogespot forum member.


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At the beginning of the week, the Wall Street Journal posted an extremely interesting story, according to which the Toyota unintended acceleration incidents that are currently being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were mostly caused by driver error.

More specifically, according to the WSJ’s sources, most of the drivers were stomping on the accelerator pedal, instead of the brakes, right before the crash.

Now, it seems that the NHTSA has decided to counter that specific story, saying that it was actually planted by Toyota itself, in order to clean up its own image.

Speaking with Just-Auto, a spokesperson for the NHTSA revealed that: “The story was planted by Toyota. Toyota is the source – yes we know that for definite [sic]. It is [the] Toyota PR machine. We knew they were going to put it out.”

There might be evidence to sustain this, as the NHTSA remains tight lipped about the unintended acceleration investigations, and will report its own findings in the future. As such, it would’ve been tricky for the WSJ to find reliable federal sources. Also, the story benefited Toyota, as its share price rose by 1% after the article ran at the beginning of the week.

For what it’s worth, Toyota replied to the NHTSA accusation, saying that “We’ve been supplying information and sending it to NHTSA. We are not aware of any study. We are not aware of any report. We’ve been compiling our own field reports on unintended acceleration and as we investigate them, we send them to NHTSA. The WSJ report was news to us.”

We may never know for sure just what happened with the story, but the most important thing to take out of it is that drivers should really know what their pedals do. Even if right before the crash you can’t afford to look down and slowly place the foot onto the brake, you should build that reflex before anything serious happens.


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Toyota faced a huge scandal at the beginning of 2010, when it was faced with unintended acceleration concerns on the majority of its models. The Japanese company acted swiftly and issued two large recalls, one for floor mats, the other for the sticky accelerator pedals, but people were already pointing fingers at the company.

Now, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, things aren’t quite so. The reputed newspaper cites inside sources which claim that from the investigations led by the Department of Transportation up until now on the reported cases of unintended acceleration, driver error was the most to blame.

According to the sources, from the information collected from the Event Data Recorders (EDR) on the crashed Toyota models, there were telltale signs that the brake pedal wasn’t used right before the crash in many cases.

This means just one thing: people were stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake one, right before the vehicle got into an incident.

There was one clear exception though, in the case of the Lexus ES350 crash from late 2009, where a police officer and his family lost their lives due to pedal entrapment by the floor mat.

Bear in mind this isn’t official just yet, as the DoT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are still waiting for investigations to be completed, as well as a query led by NASA itself into the Toyota unintended acceleration problems.

Still, drivers pressing wrong pedals might explain quite a lot of things, especially as many such crashes raised plenty of questions.


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Sigh… here we are with yet another Audi R8 model which caught fire as it was rolling down the road. After seeing such cases happen in Germany, the Netherlands and even Romania, now the USA has seen its own R8 blaze.

This time, the story is that much more interesting, as the car was just a week old, and belonged to an American who won the lottery some time ago.

It seems that Rahul Patel, former Powerball lottery winner, was driving along in his R8 on a highway, when he saw black smoke coming from the rear of car, where the engine is located. As soon as he got out, flames immediately engulfed the rear of the R8.

Luckily, Patel was the only one riding in the German supercar, and he got away from the fire right away. Emergency crews arrived on the scene and promptly put out the fire, but the car was already burnt to a crisp, as you can see above.


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