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The 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Car Crashes

The most common purchase of popular celebrities, sporting heroes and TV personalities has four wheels and a huge price tag. There is no doubt that flashy cars and sports cars are synonymous with fame

The most common purchase of popular celebrities, sporting heroes and TV personalities has four wheels and a huge price tag. There is no doubt that flashy cars and sports cars are synonymous with fame and fortune. Like designer clothing, the rich and famous drive the most expensive and advanced cars available. Despite having access to these incredible vehicles, it is important to remember that the same rules and values govern us all, particularly with regard to personal safety and the law.

Road deaths are on the rise in the United States. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that despite years of decline (fatal road accidents dropped over 25% from 2005 to 2011) road deaths rose by almost 6% in 2012 and are continuing to rise at an alarming rate. This increase has been attributed to America's steadily improving economy, which means that more people are driving than ever before.

Most of the celebrities on this list are lucky, as they only had to pay for their car crash with medical bills and damage costs. In more extreme cases, months of rehabilitation or court cases faced those who were lucky enough to survive. Some were not as fortunate as others, and had to pay with their lives. Cases of celebrities dying in car crashes are not unheard of. Both James Dean and Grace Kelly died in tragic accidents, along with many others over the course of the 20th century, accidents that received huge media coverage. Sadly, not much has changed. The rich and famous still commonly fall victim to car crashes. Take a look at our list of the 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Car Crashes to see some of the most unbelievable stories of recent years. It is truly shocking how some of these people managed to walk away with their lives.

10 Tiger Woods

9 Usain Bolt

8 George Michael

7 Ryan Dunn

6 Ian Wright

5 Cristiano Ronaldo

4 Jay Kay

3 Prince Naseem Hamed

2 Rowan Atkinson

1 Richard Hammond

The fact that Richard Hammond is still standing is the reason why he makes it to number one on our list. In 2006, Hammond was involved in one of the most shocking car crashes in history. The well-known TV presenter was trying to break the British land speed record in a Vampire Dragster (which is essentially a jet-powered car) which was worth a whopping $2.5 million. A malfunctioning tire caused Hammond to veer from the racetrack at a colossal 300mph. The car turned over a number of times, eventually coming to a halt, wedged in the grass at the side of the tracks. Hammond spent months in intensive care as he had suffered serious brain damage. Remarkably, Hammond managed to make a full recovery.

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