A part of the morbid fascination people have with celebrity news is when a celebrity is injured or killed in a car accident. No matter who you are, a car accident is a terrifying event that can change your life and the lives of the ones you love. When celebrities get into car accidents, they may have their promising careers cut short, or they may be taken from us in their prime. No one wants to see anyone get into a car accident, but celebrity car accidents tend to be front-page news for several days. When we look back on the stars we’ve lost and almost lost to car accidents, it can make those who have not been in car accidents feel more fortunate.
James Dean was born in 1931 and had starred in classic movies such as East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause. By 1956, he had established his reputation as one of the up-and-coming icons in the movie business, and his future looked very bright. But on Sept. 30, 1955, Dean and his mechanic were killed when another car made a sudden turn and collided head-on with the actor’s vehicle.
After a successful career in television soap operas, Paul Walker launched his movie career with the successful Fast and Furious franchise. On Nov. 30, 2013, Walker was killed when he and a friend lost control of their sports car while on their way to a charitable function.
Ryan Dunn was a stunt performer most known for his work on the MTV television series “Jackass.” After years of performing dangerous, and often ludicrous, stunts, it was ironic that Dunn’s life was cut short by a car accident. On June 20, 2011, Dunn’s alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he crashed his car at a speed of 130 miles per hour.
Princess Diana made headlines as a “common girl” who married Prince Charles and became royalty. On Aug. 31, 1997, she made headlines when she was killed in a car wreck that was allegedly caused by over-aggressive paparazzi.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was a member of the singing group TLC who was eying a solo career when her life was tragically cut short. On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in an auto accident on a highway in Honduras while spending time with family.
While not every celebrity is able to come away from a car accident with their life, comedian Tracy Morgan was fortunate to survive a car crash that killed one person. In June 2014, Morgan was a passenger in a vehicle with several other people when a truck driver crashed into their vehicle. It was determined that the truck driver had been driving for 28 hours, which put him in violation of several state and federal laws. Comedian James McNair, another passenger in the vehicle at the time, was killed.
Before he was making headlines for his outrageous behavior, rapper Kanye West was making headlines for his driving. In October 2002, West was involved in a one-car accident in Los Angeles while he was in town to record tracks for an album. The rapper suffered a broken jaw but eventually made a full recovery.
A car accident is a traumatic event, even when you are a celebrity. Jim Adler is an attorney who will represent you or your loved ones in a personal injury car accident, no matter what your social status may be. When you find yourself having to deal with the aftermath of a car accident, be sure to call on Jim Adler for professional legal representation that will get you the financial compensation you deserve.