Celebrity name: Elon Musk
Vehicle: McLaren F1
Elon Musk, the man who’s always got something up his sleeve (and something to tweet about). He may be one of the richest men in the world now, but let’s not forget his humble beginnings. His first big payday came from selling a software start-up to Compaq in 1999, and he used that cash to buy himself a super expensive McLaren F1. That’s right, the then-$1 million hypercar with 618 hp that could go from 0 to 60 faster than you can say “Tesla Roadster.”
But here’s the thing – despite being a smart businessman, Elon decided to skip out on insurance for his new ride. Why, you ask? Well, he thought accidents only happened to other people, of course! So when his business partner asked what the car could do, Elon replied with a confident “watch this!” And boy, did we watch. We watched as the back end of the car went flying and Elon careened straight into an embankment. Whoopsie!
Turns out, not having insurance was a pretty expensive mistake. Like, one-million-dollars-expensive. Ouch. But hey, you live and you learn, right? And Elon definitely learned his lesson… or did he?
Celebrity name: Cristiano Ronaldo
Vehicle: Ferrari 599 GTB Fioano
So, we all know Cristiano Ronaldo is a wizard on the soccer field, but it seems his wizardry doesn’t extend to driving fancy cars. In 2009, the dude was cruising in his new Ferrari from his posh pad in Cheshire, England to Manchester United’s training complex, when he lost control and smashed into a tunnel. Oof, talk about a bad hair day!
Apparently, Ronaldo had just gotten the car two days prior and thought he was hot stuff, so he decided to take it for a spin. Big mistake. His driving skills were about as impressive as my attempts at doing the Macarena. And, just like that, his beloved 599 GTB Fiorano was turned into a crumpled mess.
Luckily, Ronaldo was okay, but his ego probably needed some serious TLC. He was back at training the very same day, according to the Guardian. One of his teammates, Edwin van der Sar, was trailing behind him in a Bentley at the time of the crash, but neither of them were exceeding the speed limit (at least that’s what they say).
Lesson learned: stick to kicking balls and leave the fancy cars to the folks who know how to handle them.
Celebrity name: Kylie Jenner
Vehicle: Bugatti Chiron
Oh, Kylie Jenner, the queen of keeping up with the Kardashians, had a little oopsie with her Bugatti Chiron. Just weeks after purchasing the multi-million dollar supercar, she managed to bang it up a bit. Luckily, the reality TV star and cosmetics mogul emerged from the crash without a scratch. Although, her bank account might have needed a little TLC after the repairs. Maybe next time, she should stick to driving one of her less expensive cars, like her collection of Barbie Jeeps.
Celebrity name: Tiger Woods
Vehicle: Genesis GV80 SUV
Injuries: Multiple leg injuries
Tiger Woods, the golfing great, had a brush with fate on February 23, 2021, when he was involved in a terrifying car accident in California. The accident left Woods’ Genesis GV80 SUV looking like a crumpled ball of metal after he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a median, causing it to roll over multiple times. When first responders arrived, they found the golf legend trapped inside the wreckage, unable to move.
Thanks to their swift actions, Woods was extricated from the mangled mess and whisked away to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for emergency surgery. Doctors worked tirelessly to fix the extensive damage to Woods’ legs, which included fractures to his tibia and fibula bones. While the accident was a shock to the world, investigators have stated that there was no evidence of impairment and that no criminal charges will be filed. Instead, the golfing world has rallied around Woods, showing him the support he needs to get back on his feet.
Celebrity name: Rowan Atkinson
Vehicle: McLaren F1
Rowan Atkinson, the funny man behind Mr. Bean, had a real blast driving his McLaren F1, but he had a habit of enjoying himself a bit too much. In 1999, he crashed into another car, leaving the gold-plated hood a little worse for wear. The repair bill must have been enough to make his accountant faint, but it was nothing compared to a 2011 incident in which Atkinson collided with a tree and road sign. The car caught on fire, but the actor emerged with just a damaged shoulder. The repair bill was over $1 million, more than he paid for the car in the first place.
Despite two crashes, Atkinson managed to sell his beloved F1 for $12.2 million in 2015, earning a hefty profit. But why did he part with his precious ride? Not because it got the better of him one time too many, but because it attracted too much attention from his adoring fans. Apparently, Atkinson preferred driving around unnoticed and felt the McLaren had gone from a millionaires’ car to a billionaires’ car, and it was time to bid farewell.
Celebrity name: Afrojack
Vehicle: Ferrari 458 Italia
Oof, sounds like Afrojack had a rough start with his Ferrari 458 Italia. He probably should have bought some driving lessons along with it! The poor guy only owned it for an hour before he decided to give it a big ol’ slam. And not the good kind of slam, like in his sick beats. No, we’re talking about the kind of slam that leaves your $240,000 machine in shambles. Yikes!
But hey, at least he learned his lesson, right? We’re pretty sure he won’t be taking that Ferrari out for a spin in bad weather ever again. I mean, why risk it? It’s not like he needs a flashy car to impress people – he’s Afrojack, baby! He can make any old beater sound like a million bucks with just a few tweaks and a sick bass drop.
All jokes aside, though, we hope Afrojack’s next car lasts him a little longer than an hour. Maybe he should consider getting a tank instead? Just to be safe, you know.
Celebrity name: James Dean
Vehicle: Porsche 550 Spyder
Dean’s lack of familiarity with his new car resulted in a crash when he attempted to drive it to a car race that he had entered. Police photos of the accident revealed skid marks that suggest the Ford driver initially attempted to turn ahead of the Porsche, but then suddenly applied the brakes, leaving the visible marks. Damage patterns, skid marks, and Exponent’s computer simulation all indicate that Dean was driving at a speed of approximately 55-60 mph during the time of the accident.
Celebrity name: Ryan Dunn
Vehicle: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3
As per the coroner’s report, Ryan Dunn, a daredevil known for his recklessness, and his passenger lost their lives due to the impact of a severe car crash and the subsequent fire.
Celebrity name: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Vehicle: GMC Yukon
Apparently, Arnold Schwarzenegger got himself into a bit of a fender bender on a Sunday morning. Reports say that the former California governor, who’s now 75 years young, accidentally collided with a lady on a bike who veered into his lane in West Los Angeles. The cyclist was taken to the emergency room for treatment, but there’s no word yet on the severity of her injuries.
Celebrity name: Paul Walker
Vehicle: Porsche Carrera GT
Let me tell you about the heartbreaking incident that went down in 2014 involving the Fast & Furious star. Paul Walker, who was just 40 years old, was in a car that crashed at a ridiculously high speed of over 100 miles per hour. He was with his pal and financial advisor, Roger Rodas, when their Porsche Carrera GT burst into flames in Los Angeles. Sadly, both men lost their lives that day.
The coroner’s report stated that Walker suffered both severe physical injuries and burns, while Rodas, who was driving, passed away due to multiple injuries. It’s a real tragedy, but at least there was no foul play involved – no drugs or alcohol were detected in either of their systems. Rest in peace, Paul and Roger.
Celebrity name: Morgan Freeman
Vehicle: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3
Did you know that Morgan Freeman isn’t just an award-winning actor – he’s also a restaurant and blues club owner? That’s right, the man is a jack of all trades. His joint is located down in Mississippi, which is also the spot where he had a pretty nasty accident back in 2008.
Thankfully, Morgan’s a tough dude, and he managed to pull through despite some serious injuries. He’s back on his feet and doing better than ever. I bet he’s glad to have his restaurant and blues club to keep him busy and distracted from that scary incident. Keep on keepin’ on, Morgan!
Celebrity name: Jay Kay
Vehicle: Lamborghini Diablo SE30
Alrighty, listen up folks! So we got Jay Kay, aka Jason Lewis Read, the head honcho of the British funk and acid jazz group Jamiroquai. This guy’s got a serious need for speed and a massive collection of rare cars – over 70 of them, can you believe it?
But let me tell you, his purple Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota was something else. He used it to shoot the music video for Cosmic Girl, and boy did he show it off! Until that fateful day in 2006 when he took a left turn and boom! His beloved car became a crumpled mess.
I mean, I’m sure he didn’t mean to turn his sweet ride into a pile of scrap metal, but let’s just say his driving skills were not up to par. And just to add insult to injury, he got fined $800 for his little mishap. Talk about adding insult to injury!
Celebrity name: Luke Wilson
Now here’s a story about Luke Wilson, the younger brother of Owen Wilson. Luke found himself in the middle of a serious car crash, but it wasn’t his fault this time. Back in 2018, he was involved in a multi-car accident that also included professional golfer Bill Haas.
Haas was actually riding as a passenger in a Ferrari at the time of the crash, which ended up colliding with Luke’s Toyota off-roader. It’s a scary situation to be in, but thankfully everyone involved survived. It’s always a good reminder to be extra cautious on the roads, even if you’re a seasoned driver. You never know what can happen out there.
Celebrity name: Tracy Morgan
The lead actor of “The Last O.G.” recently experienced a fender bender shortly after buying a $2 million Bugatti supercar.
As per the New York Daily News, the 50-year-old performer’s brand-new vehicle was sideswiped by a Honda CR-V operated by a woman in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
Morgan was only half a mile away from the dealership he just bought the car from.
He took to Twitter to share that he was unharmed.
Celebrity name: Tracy Morgan
Injuries: Passenger death
The year 2014 marked a tragic turning point in the life of the beloved actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan. During a ride on the New Jersey turnpike, a Walmart truck collided with his limousine, causing serious injuries and claiming one life. Although Morgan made a remarkable recovery, he continues to speak out about the enduring impact of this unfortunate incident.
One of the most poignant aspects of Morgan’s experience is his ongoing grief for his close friend and fellow comedian, Jimmy McNair. McNair was a passenger in the limousine, which was carrying a total of six people. Unfortunately, McNair was the only one who did not survive the accident.
Celebrity name: Lindsay Lohan
While driving to a movie set in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old actress collided with the back of a heavy goods vehicle, resulting in an accident. As a precautionary measure, she was taken to the hospital, but was later released after a check-up confirmed that she had not sustained any injuries.
Celebrity name: Lindsay Lohan
Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz CLK-350
Yep, we have her on here twice. According to police, Lindsay Lohan was involved in a paparazzo pursuit during rush hour traffic, which ended with the photographer crashing his car into her Mercedes in an attempt to take her picture. Lohan and her companion suffered minor injuries, while the 24-year-old North Hollywood photographer was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon.
As per police reports, Lohan was making a U-turn on West 3rd Street near the Beverly Center when Galo Cesar Ramirez deliberately crashed into the driver’s side door of her SL65 coupe. Ramirez, who was already wanted by police on an unrelated narcotics charge, posted $35,000 bail and was subsequently released.
According to a Reuters news report, Lohan called the police from her cellphone to report that she was being chased by paparazzi before the crash occurred. Fame Pictures Inc. of Beverly Hills employed Ramirez, according to the police, although a spokesperson from the company declined to comment.
Celebrity name: Caitlyn Jenner
Vehicle: Cadillac Escalade
A significant accident occurred on California’s Pacific Coast Highway in 2015 involving Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner was driving a Cadillac Escalade that collided with a white Lexus, which in turn rear-ended a Toyota Prius. The impact caused the Lexus to veer into oncoming traffic and collide with a Hummer.
Celebrity name: Princess Diana
We all remember the tragic car crash that claimed the life of Princess Diana on August 31, 1997. The media coverage and paparazzi photos of the accident were overwhelming, making it one of the most talked-about celebrity car crashes of all time.
Diana was riding in a 1994 Mercedes-Benz W140 through a tunnel in France when the driver lost control and hit a pillar at a speed of around 65 mph. That’s more than double the posted speed limit of 31 mph at the time.
Initially, it was thought that the driver was trying to evade the paparazzi, but later investigations found that alcohol and prescription drugs were also factors in the crash. It’s a sad reminder that even the most high-profile individuals can fall victim to the dangers of reckless driving.
Celebrity name: Nick Hogan
Vehicle: Toyota Supra
Regardless of your expertise and reputation as a wrestling legend, it’s impossible to prevent accidents from happening, as was the case with Nick Bolea Hogan, the 17-year-old son of Hulk Hogan. On August 27, 2007, while driving his Toyota Supra, Hogan lost control and crashed into a palm tree, causing serious injuries to his passenger, who happened to be Hulk Hogan’s son.
The condition of the car was equally devastating – the bright yellow Toyota appeared like a shattered fragment of sunshine strewn at the roadside.
Celebrity name: Grace Kelly
Vehicle: 1971 Rover P6 3500
Grace Kelly was a symbol of elegance and poise. However, on September 14th, 1982, she passed away at the age of 52 due to a stroke that occurred while she was driving. As a result, she lost control of her car and drove off a mountainside. Princess Stephanie, her daughter, was also in the car but fortunately survived. While the official cause of death was traumatic brain injury, the circumstances surrounding the incident left many unanswered questions, creating an air of mystery.
Celebrity name: Randy Savage
Vehicle: 1971 Rover P6 3500
Macho Man Randy Savage, known for his signature bandanas and sunglasses during his wrestling career, passed away at the age of 58. While driving with his wife Barbara, his Jeep suddenly swerved over the concrete median and into oncoming traffic, ultimately colliding head-on with a tree. Although Barbara only suffered minor injuries, it was discovered that Savage had a heart attack while driving, leading to the tragic loss of control of his vehicle.
Celebrity name: Richard Hammond
Vehicle: Jet engine dragster
Richard, also known as the “Hamster”, is quite familiar with traffic accidents despite being a motoring journalist. Over the years, the TV presenter has been involved in several accidents, including the well-known crash at 288 mph in a Jet engine dragster in ’06 and the Rimac Concept One crash in 2017.
Celebrity name: George Lucas
Vehicle: Autobianchi Bianchina
Long before creating the captivating worlds of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, the renowned director George Lucas survived a severe car crash. Despite his passion for car racing, Lucas was not on the track when the accident occurred; it happened while he was driving back from the library. According to Lucas, this incident prompted him to pursue a career in filmmaking.
Celebrity name: Jayne Mansfield
Vehicle: 1966 Buick Electra
Celebrity name: Rick Allen
Vehicle: 1984 Corvette
Injuries: Lost left arm
In December 1984, the then-21-year-old musician lost his left arm after a near-fatal accident in England. Allen, who had been trying to pass another car at a high speed, lost control of his Corvette, and was thrown through the sunroof of his car. His arm got caught in the seatbelt and severed from his body.
Doctors initially reattached the limb, but it was later removed due to an infection.
Celebrity name: Michael Phelps
Vehicle: Cadillac Escalade SUV
In 2009, the Olympian with 28 medals was in a car accident caused by another driver running a red light. The accident caused significant damage to Phelps’ car, but neither he nor the other driver, Amanda Virkus, sustained any serious injuries. Despite being the victim of the accident, Phelps was cited for driving without a valid license and admitted to having consumed one beer prior to the incident. However, officials did not conduct sobriety tests as they did not believe he was under the influence of alcohol.
Celebrity name: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez
Vehicle: Mitsubishi Montero SUV
Injuries: Death by Neck Injuries and Severe Head Trauma
On April 25, 2002, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, a member of the girl-group TLC, passed away due to a car accident. As she was driving, the rapper swerved to avoid a truck and then swerved to the right to avoid an oncoming car. Unfortunately, this caused her car to roll several times after hitting two trees, and all three passengers – a cameraman in the front seat, Lopes’ sister Reigndrop in the back seat, and Lopes herself – were thrown from the vehicle out of the windows. Lopes, who was 30 years old at the time, died instantly from neck injuries and severe head trauma. The moments leading up to the fatal accident were captured on video. Despite the tragedy, the cameraman and Lopes’ sister both survived the accident.
Celebrity name: Keanu Reeves
Injuries: Broken ankle
As a passionate motorcycle enthusiast, Keanu Reeves took his love for bikes to the next level by establishing the ARCH Motorcycle Company, which specializes in creating high-performance cruisers. However, the star of the movie Speed experienced a severe bike accident in 1996, which resulted in a broken ankle. Following the incident, Reeves had to rely on crutches to move around for several weeks.
On January 1, Jeremy Renner, renowned for portraying Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was hit by a 14,330-pound snow plow close to his residence in Reno, Nevada. He was immediately transported to the hospital via an airlift and was described to be in “critical but stable condition.” Following the incident, he underwent numerous surgical procedures. In a January 21 announcement, Renner disclosed that he had fractured 30 bones.
Celebrity name: Gloria Estefan
Vehicle: Tour bus
Injuries: Broken neck
In 1990, a devastating incident occurred when Gloria Estefan’s tour bus was hit by a semi-truck, causing her to suffer a broken back that needed titanium rods to be inserted. The aftermath required an extensive physical therapy, and it took her several months to regain the ability to walk.
Celebrity name: Frankie Muniz
Vehicle: Professional race-car
Injuries: 9 concussions
Frankie Muniz, known for his role in “Malcolm in the Middle,” has opened up about his ongoing struggles with pain stemming from his former profession as a race car driver. Despite retiring from racing, Muniz suffered severe injuries, including a broken back and injured hands and ribs. Speaking on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” the actor admitted to still experiencing discomfort.
Celebrity name: Jeremy Renner
Vehicle: 14,330-pound snow plow
Injuries: 30 fractured bones
While not your typical car accident, it’s the most recent (and serious) one. The Avengers star was involved in a harrowing accident that left him with blunt chest trauma, 30 broken bones and a host of other injuries. So, what exactly happened? Renner was at his home near Lake Tahoe when he run over by his own snowplow – an absolute mammoth of a machine weighing in at a staggering 14,330 pounds. The accident left Renner in critical condition and had people wondering if he would even survive. He remained in the hospital for 2 weeks. After a grueling recovery, Renner was finally released from the hospital on January 17, and he’s now back home, getting stronger by the day.