Mixing celebrities with any sort of dangerous activity is a recipe for disaster. This is an obvious case for things like weapons and drug abuse, but there are other unremarked dangers that seem to hit famous folks pretty hard. We are talking about car accidents. Over the years, there have been many brilliant minds lost to danger on the road and it seems to have struck indiscriminately. The next time you need to head to an auto accident lawyer, don’t feel so ashamed. As you will soon find out, many of the most famous people in the world have needed an attorney accident meeting as well.
Paul Walker is the latest mega star to see his life come to a tragic end, thanks to the dangerous life surrounding fast cars and reckless drivers. Walker was a solid, if unspectacular, actor that had been making a career out of his “Fast and the Furious” franchise, alongside Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. In 2013, Paul Walker was killed on the way to a charity event when the sports car he was a passenger in took a poor turn and collided with a tree. The driver was reportedly driving insanely fast and the car was not well-suited for the conditions of the road. Walker left behind a daughter and a legion of mourning fans.
Ryan Dunn was another bad boy, only in a different era and with a different style. Born in 1977, it wasn’t long until Dunn was a global phenomenon for his work as a member of the “Viva La Bam” and “Jackass” crew. Dunn made gross-out, physical humor fun again and quickly gained an almost cult-like following for his efforts. Known for his tattoos, gigantic bushy beard, and his penchant to laugh at just about everything, Dunn passed away in 2011, along with a production assistant on a “Jackass” project. Dunn and his passenger had been drinking heavily at a local bar and had tried to drive home on their own. Dunn’s alcohol level was twice that of the state’s legal minimum limit when he died as a result of this single-car accident.
Matthew Broderick appears to be an innocent man devoid of any tragic past, but that is not the case. The thespian and long-time Hollywood standout was involved in an accident in Northern Ireland that cost the lives of two women: Anna Gallagher and Margaret Doherty. Broderick accidentally swerved into oncoming traffic, killing the other two, instantly. Surviving the crash, Broderick apparently had no recollection of the event or even any of the rest of that day: he ended up in the hospital for an entire month where he was rehabilitated from a collapsed lung, some broken ribs, and a concussion. Broderick was ticketed with a careless driving citation and summarily let go. The family of the women who lost their lives were livid with the slap on the wrist.
Morgan Freeman is the man with the golden voice. The famous actor from Tennessee got his start in show business back in 1971 in the film “Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow!” Since then, he has become one of the staples of Hollywood blockbuster’s and B-movie projects, alike. Unfortunately, his illustrious career and, indeed, life almost came to an end in August of 2008. The actor was injured in a single-car incident that nearly killed everyone in the vehicle. Freeman’s Nissan Maxima ramped off of the highway, flipping several times before coming to a stop. Paramedics had to airlift the man to a hospital where he was found to have broken bones littering his body. Though Freeman survived, his right hand is almost completely paralyzed. His passenger, Demaris Meyer, ended up sueing Freeman for negligence as she insisted that he’d been drinking the night of the crash. Meyer had to consult a personal injury lawyer before moving forward. The case was settled out of court and the rest is history. Freeman is still showing up in big-budget films, but the crash seems to have sobered him up.
The King of Pop nearly lost it all in 1993 when he and his entourage were involved in a car crash in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Jackson was in the vehicle when it hit two teenagers on the streets of Brazil. Both kids were injured and they were sent to the hospital straight away. According to reports, Michael Jackson was distraught and offered to pay their medical bills in order to help them out. Jackson eventually, supposedly, reneged on his offer and the kids consulted a car accident lawyer. They ended up suing Jackson and his crew for damages. Due to the fact that the case happened so long ago, there are very few concrete details available. Michael’s later progression in life ended up obscuring much of what happened during his ‘transitional phase’ into becoming the oddest celebrity on the planet.
For a moment in time, the world mourned together. Princess Dianna of Wales was one of the most popular royal figures in the world when she passed away in August of 1997. Dianna died in a single-car crash in the Pont de I’Alma tunnel while in Paris. Alongside Diana, Dodie Fayed and Henri Paul both lost their lives. The funeral, which aired on television afterward, was watched around the globe by millions of grieving admirers. The car accident, which was reportedly caused by Henri Paul’s drunken driving, has been under scrutiny ever since. There are many that believe the car crash was faked by the MI6; while there is no proof to back up this claim, it continues to pervade the story surrounding her death. Perhaps this is the nature of being so famous and politically powerful when your life comes to an end.
Before the former NBA superstar was hanging out with Kim Jong Un, he was thanking his lucky stars to be alive. The former World Champion Chicago Bull was involved in an intense car crash while traveling along an interstate in South Florida. The crash caused his car to crumple like a can after flipping several times and was supposedly caused by a tire problem. Responding police officers were floored that the people inside made it out of the accident alive and mostly unharmed. Since then, Rodman has become a staple for the sort of shlocky reality television that seems to attract less than popular celebrities. Still, this is much preferable to seeing his life ended after one car accident.
Lisa Nicole Lopes was on top of the world at the time of her death. She was a gorgeous rapper and entertainer that went by the nickname “Left Eye,” thanks to the fact that she routinely wore something over her left eye. Lopes starred in the R&B group TLC and was primed to move into superstar status when her life was sadly cut short. Lopes died in a single-car accident in 2002, when she had to quickly readjust her car in traffic. She ended up overcompensating and summarily rolling the vehicle down a hill, hitting a pair of trees. Lopes was killed in the accident, but her passengers survived. According to reports, which coincide with an on-car camera, Lopes was not wearing a seatbelt.
For car accidents that will make you shake your head, look no further than Nick Hogan’s. Nick is the oldest son of former WWE and WCW wrestler, Hulk Hogan. He gained popularity as a reality star, after which he was involved in a street race that cost his passenger, and good friend, his life The accident happened in Florida, occuring when Hogan borrowed vehicles from his father’s pit crew. John Graziano, a 22-year-old U.S. Marine, survived the crash to end up with severe eye and brain injuries. Graziano will be forced to live in a nursing home for the rest of his life. At the time, it was seriously recommended that Graziano’s family talk to a car accidents attorney in the hopes that they’d get a settlement to pay for their son’s care.
James Dean is Hollywood’s ultimate bad boy icon and warning message to all that would follow after him. Dean was born in 1931 and it was only 1955 when he became the biggest piece of eye candy in Los Angeles. Dean personified the bad boy image to the bone with his leather jackets, cigarettes, and fast cars. Unfortunately, it would be that lifestyle that killed him. Dean was involved in a car accident on the way to a race back in September of 1955. Dean’s passengers both survived the crash, though they were badly injured, but Dean was killed nearly instantly.