Car accidents are going to happen to most of us at one point, with an estimated three-quarters of people getting into some sort of accident. Thankfully, a massive chunk of these accidents are not life-threatening and the only real pain comes from opening up your wallet or dealing with your insurance company. Then, there are those that seem to have all of the bad luck and get into more than just fender benders every now and then.
Celebrities are no exception, and there are a lot of causes for this. Some of it is self-inflicted, while others have just been flat-out unfortunate. Here’s a look at five celebrities who have a bad history of driving, detailing the incidents they’ve been in along the way.
British singer Pete Doherty has been involved with several bands throughout his career, including The Libertines and Babyshambles. Doherty is known for his persona off-stage just as much (if not more) than his actual singing career.
The first major driving offense for Doherty came in 2007 when he was in possession of several drugs while driving a vehicle that wasn’t street-legal. Since then, Doherty has received several more traffic charges which include multiple DUIs, and has been caught driving with a suspended license several times. In total, Doherty has received a half-dozen driving offenses, which was a wake-up call for his personal life. Doherty said that he got sober in late 2019 and hasn’t looked back since.
Life isn’t always easy for a former child star, and that includes the likes of Lindsay Lohan. After getting her start in acting at just 10 years old, Lohan became a big star during her teens and early 20s before personal troubles got in the way.
Like Doherty, Lindsay Lohan’s string of driving troubles got started in 2007. While under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Lohan crashed her car in Beverly Hills. Just two months later she was arrested again for the same thing (without a crash this time). Lohan cleaned up her act for several years, but then clipped someone accidentally with her car in 2012. All in all, Lohan has had several accidents and multiple DUI arrests.
Britney Spears is an icon in the music world, bursting onto the scene during the late 1990s when bubblegum pop was dominating the charts. Spears maintained her fame well into the new millennium and has been dubbed ‘The Princess of Pop’ as a result of that success. She has also had her troubles away from the stage and recording studio, though.
Wouldn’t you know it, Spears had a rough 2007 in terms of driving. Spears was involved in a hit-and-run, and it turned out that she didn’t have a valid driver’s license. She was looking at a potential prison sentence but was able to avoid any jail time. There were some other times when her driving was simply criticized, too. Spears was pictured driving with a baby on her lap and has gotten stranded multiple times for flat tires and running out of gas.
Dennis Rodman is certainly among the most unique players in NBA history. He always stood out thanks to his demeanor both on and off the court, as well as his colorful hairstyle choices. The rebounding machine played professionally for 20 years, winning five NBA titles along the way.
Rodman has had several run-ins with the law, many of which have been while he was behind the wheel. Rodman’s first arrest came in 1999 when he was detained for drunk driving and not having a valid license. He was able to avoid prison but was arrested for the same crime less than five years later in Las Vegas. In 2016, still without a license, Rodman was charged with a hit-and-run, and just two years later was picked up again for driving under the influence.
If you were to ask anyone in the world to name just one golfer, they’d probably say Tiger Woods. After all, he became the face of the sport at a young age and has won more major tournaments than any other golfer not named Jack Nicklaus. Woods is a sports icon, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021.
Rodman isn’t the only famous athlete who has had his fair share of troubles with automobiles. Not many people will forget the fallout from Woods’s affair while he was married to Elin Nordegren, resulting in Woods crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and tree. Nearly a decade later, Woods was arrested for driving under the influence after he was found sleeping in his car. Then, in 2021, Woods was involved in a single-car accident, rolling over his SUV several times, nearly claiming his life.