Car Accidents Happen to Celebrities Too
Which celebrities were caught up in car accidents and personal injuries in 2016?
You’re in line at HEB and there’s an interesting People Magazine cover. Brad and Angelina are splitting up. Jennifer Aniston is having a baby. And Leonard Dicaprio was in a car accident with his new girlfriend!
Whether or not you’re a fan of celebrity gossip, it may be comforting to know that you are not alone. No matter how stellar an acting career or star studded your guest list, no one is immune from encountering a drunk or reckless driver on the road.
Celebrities: “They’re just like us!”
Tragedy can happen to anyone – the famous Don McLean song “The Day the Music Died” remembers musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper when they died in a tragic plane crash due to pilot error. Princess Diana unfortunately was a victim of her own celebrity – initial police reports indicated the crash that took her life was due to drunk driving. Her death sparked an investigation. The verdict of “unlawful killing” was ruled to be caused by “grossly negligent” actions of the pursuing paparazzi and Henri Paul (the acting security manager of the Hotel Ritz Paris).
If you’re in a rut we have some reassurance that you aren’t the only unlucky soul – we’ve got 10 famous personal injury disasters to show you that – yes – celebrities really are just like us.
Venus Williams Sued in Accident that Killed a Florida Man
Star tennis player Venus Williams was in a fatal car accident in Palm Beach, Florida. 78-year-old Jerome Barson, a passenger in the other car, died on June 22 from injuries sustained in the June 9 crash.
“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” said Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ attorney.
According to reports, authorities found Venus Williams at fault for the accident. Police did not issue any citations or traffic violations.
The wife of the victim, Jerome Barson, says that Williams pulled her vehicle in front of her in an intersection. The victim’s vehicle struck the side of Williams’ vehicle. Williams entered the intersection on a green light, but was forced to slow down because of traffic.
In Austin it is a traffic violation to “block the box” or to enter an intersection where traffic prevents you from making it all the way through.
There is no evidence that Williams was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and it is not believed that she was using a cell phone.
According to Sports Illustrated, witnesses claim that Williams drove through a red light. Williams’ lawyer maintains that she drove through a green light.
Williams could still be cited for careless driving, violation of a traffic control device or violation of right of way. According to the New York Times, Williams was previously cited in Palm Beach County for driving without proof of insurance and for driving with a suspended license.
It is not yet known if traffic cameras were in place or if they were operating properly at the time of the crash.
Wife of ESPN Broadcaster Dies in Fatal Crash
The wife of sports broadcasters Chris Berman died in a traffic accident on in Connecticut. Katherine Ann Berman, 67, was a teacher in Connecticut. She and her husband Chris Berman had two adult children and were marries more than 33 years at the time of her death.
She was involved in a two fatality crash, involving two vehicles. Both vehicles were traveling in the same direction on a two-lane road when Berman’s vehicle struck the rear end of 87-year-old Edward Bertulis’ vehicle.
Berman’s Lexus went down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water. The Ford Escape of Bertulis’ hit a utility pole landed and landed on the roof in the street.
Anton Yelchin, Star Trek’s “Chekov” Killed by Own Jeep
The actor who was best known for playing Checkov in the new Star Trek films died in late July, according to the BBC. In a freak accident, the actor was pinned between his Jeep and a brick mailbox and security fence outside his home in Studio City.
According to the article, he had been on his way to meet with friends for a rehearsal. But when he was absent from the rehearsal, they went to his house to find him dead. According to police, Yelchin had not properly put the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in park.
Reports from TMZ cite alleged reports that the parents of Anton Yelchin filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the dealership from which Yelchin purchased the vehicle. The dealership “fired back” stating that the accident was due to his own “misuse, misapplication or damage,” hinting that the young star had made aftermarket changes to the vehicle.
Caitlyn Jenner in At-Fault Vehicle in Deadly Crash
A 69-year-old Lexus driver, Kim Howe, died in a four vehicle crash involving reality TV celebrity Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner.) Howe’s family and the driver of the Prius have filed lawsuits against Jenner. Though there are no crimes or arrests at the moment, but a criminal investigation has been opened in which reports say Jenner may face misdemeanor reckless driving charges.
At the time of the crash, Caitlyn Jenner appeared to be driving a black Escalade towing a 4-wheeler.
Scott Eastwood Opens Up About Losing Girlfriend in Deadly Car Accident
The son of acclaimed actor, Clint Eastwood, got candid with GQ Australia about losing someone he loved in a car accident. Scott Eastwood (who is best known for his role in Suicide Squad) said his girlfriend died due to a malfunctioning airbag.
“It was a fender bender, and there was a recall on airbags. Her airbag exploded. It shot a projectile through her body,” – Scott Eastwood, about late girlfriend
The actor said that the accident, which was a fender bender, split her spine. Eastwood lamented that he never called the woman’s father, saying he never found the right words. Find out more about how defective airbags can hurt passengers.
A Beautiful Mind Mathematician Killed in Car Accident
John Forbes Nash Jr. is best known for the film biopic in which his life was portrayed by the film “A Beautiful Mind.” In 2015 the mathematician was killed with his wife, Alicia, on the New Jersey Turnpike. The couple was riding in a taxi when the driver of the vehicle lost control when trying to pass a vehicle in the center lane. Reports indicated that the mathematician and his wife were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Tracy Morgan Severely Injured In Limo vs Walmart Truck Crash
Tracy Morgan suffered injuries and comedy writer James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died in a crash in June 2014.
In a June 2015 interview on the Today Show the 30 Rock actor teared up as he talked about the passing of his friend, McNair. The actor suffered traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma for weeks following the crash. He says “Walmart stepped up to the plate” and that they “took full responsibility” of the crash involving one of their trucks.
Real Housewives of New York Star Hospitalized in 3 Car Pile Up
Sources reported that Jill Zarin, a reality TV star in Real Housewives of New York was in a major car accident. Zarin was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of crash. The accident occurred on Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in New York City.
Sources say she did have injuries but they were not life threatening or major.
Reality TV star sued over Car Accident
In March of this year, New York Daily News reported that a lawsuit was filed against Kim Kardashian following a car accident in March of 2014. Attorney Rafael Antonio Linares filed the lawsuit on behalf of his plaintiff stating that he “sustained personal injuries which cause pain, discomfort and physical disability.” The crash occurred in Los Angeles where Kardashian made a left turn with her black Mercedes G Wagon into the vehicle of the injured.
Chris Brown Reportedly Yells at Woman He Rear-Ended, Refuses to Show Proof of Insurance
One celebrity that Americans just love to hate is the singer Chris Brown. He became notorious for his actions in 2009– actions that were abusive and clearly assault. If you didn’t know, he beat his girlfriend at the time, famous singer Rihanna, who suffered serious personal injuries to her face and body.
But, Chris Brown and Rihanna didn’t stop there. They continued to date off and on before finally breaking up. What kind of message does this send to our children and teens who do choose to admire these kinds of celebrities?
Well, Chris Brown is at it again. He was put on felony probation after the incident in 2009, but now it has been revoked. Brown was involved in a hit and run accident that resulted in this revocation, but he was not sent to jail by the judge who heard his case.
He must have a good lawyer, right?
Here’s what happened: Brown rear-ended a car that had come to a stop at a red light, but refused to hand over his identification or insurance at the time. His lawyer did so later. But, in fact, Brown yelled and cursed at the woman in the car who he rear-ended when she did ask for his identification and insurance, which just added insult to injury.
The woman, reportedly an emigre, did not know who Brown was.
If you’re not into prying into celebrity’s personal lives, you can always check out this list of great movies that portray lawyers. We’d love to think that it’s all really this exciting. But the truth is it’s not. At McMinn Law Firm we work hard to provide all our clients with the help they deserve.
Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are experienced personal injury lawyers with a strong record of success. The lawyers at McMinn Law Firm advocate for the justice their clients deserve by providing caring, comprehensive and relentless legal counsel.We know that insurance companies are more interested in protecting their bottom line rather than an injured person’s well-being. We will investigate all aspects of your accident and use our knowledge of the law to help you recover the compensation you deserve.