Car accidents have been accompanied the growth and development of human society and the automobile industry. A car accident can range from minor (getting dents and scratches, mild road altercations, slight damage to property) to major crashes (due to drunk driving, over speeding and extreme weather conditions).
A car accident is no laughing matter because it can truly claim lives. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report in 2012, car accidents have been accountable for about 30,000 fatalities since the year 2005.
With such a huge number, many people are at risk for such tragic demise due to a car accident. Even famous people have fallen to ill-timed deaths through car accidents. Here are 5 famous people who died in car accidents: Jayne Mansfield
Hollywood knows Jayne Mansfield as “working man’s Marilyn Monroe”. The blonde bombshell became a sex symbol in the 1950s and met an untimely death in 1967. Jayne Mansfield, her manager, a man and her three children were riding a 1966 Buick Electra near Slidell, Louisiana when the vehicle crashed with a tractor-trailer in the dark. The children survived with minor injuries but the car accident took the lives of all three adults.
The “Rebel Without A Cause” star died in the middle of his career, at the young age of 24. James Dean’s car accident happened in September 30, 1955 in Cholame, California. Hollywood’s brooding bad boy was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder that collided with a 1950 Ford Coupe. The car accident severely injured James Dean and he died on the way to the hospital.
Lady Diana Spencer
Her death was probably one of the most controversial ones all over the world. Lady Diana Spencer or Lady Di perished in a car accident alongside her fiancé Dodi Fayed in Paris on August 1997. The car accident happened when their Mercedes hit a concrete pylon while in pursuit of fleeing the paparazzi.
The Hollywood star who married a European royalty became known as the Princess of Monaco. Grace Kelly got into a car accident in 1982 while driving along the small coastal highways of Monaco with her daughter. Apparently, Grace Kelly suffered a stroke, causing the car accident to kill her and injure her daughter very badly.
More commonly known TLC’s “Left Eye”, the singer-rapper died in 2002 at the age of 30. Lisa Lopes left a holiday retreat at La Ceiba Honduras when she lost control of her vehicle and the car accident claimed her life.
These 5 celebrities are just some of the many famous people who died in a tragic car accident, proving that a car accident transcends all boundaries and it can happen to just about anyone at any time.