When celebrities cause car accidents that injure others or take someone’s life, they should be held accountable for their actions just like anyone else. Many celebrities have been the “at fault” drivers in accidents that left people injured or dead. Distracted driving, drinking, and drug use are often factors in these crashes. While many celebrity car crashes result in large settlements, some famous people are never held liable for the injuries and deaths their actions cause.
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Nick Hogan Driving Under the Influence
Nick Hogan, son of Terry “Hulk” Hogan and reality TV star, was once involved in an accident while drag racing in his Toyota Supra. Hogan lost control of the car he was driving and it hit a tree, causing a passenger in the vehicle to suffer brain damage and become permanently disabled. Hogan had been drinking. The terms of a settlement connected to the crash were not disclosed, but it is estimated that care for the victim’s injuries could cost millions.
Caitlyn Jenner Accident: One Dead, Seven Injured
Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a car accident in 2015. In the crash, the celebrity rear-ended a vehicle, which was pushed into oncoming traffic and struck. The other driver was killed, and the resulting pileup injured seven more people. Jenner was not hurt. She was the at-fault driver and agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit that stemmed from the crash.
Dwayne Goodrich Strikes Good Samaritans
In 2003, Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was driving his BMW at about 80 mph when he struck two motorists who were trying to free a man from a burning vehicle, killing them both. Goodrich maintained that he had been drinking earlier in the evening but was not intoxicated at the time of the crash. As the at-fault driver in the accident, he was convicted of criminally negligent homicide. He was also ordered to pay more than $6 million in damages to the families of the victims.
Lane Garrison Guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter
In 2001, actor Lane Garrison got behind the wheel of a car with cocaine in his system and a blood alcohol level of .20 – more than two times the legal limit. He caused an accident that killed one teen and left another severely injured. He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. The injured teen and the family of the victim who was killed were awarded compensation in civil suits. The amounts are confidential.