at Spears induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA 11-17-03

The saying goes “more money leads to more problems.” But when it comes to celebrity car fails, whether driving a Mercedes or a Hyundai, the value of the car is not what’s causing the crashes.

Mischa Barton

Luckily for Barton, her real-life car crashes do not align with the fate of her character on “The OC.” According to the Huffington Post, the car troubles of the actress and model started in 2007 when she got into a fender bender while driving fellow poor driver, Nicole Ritchie’s, car. In that same year Barton managed to rip the bumper off of her car after getting it caught in a traffic gate. She finished off 2007 getting arrested for DUI. How exactly do you get caught in a traffic gate? The traffic control devices in parking areas are prominent. If there is a blockade, do not enter! Then, in 2010 Barton literally struck again when the Daily Mail UK reported she hit a parked car in a parking lot.

Lindsay Lohan

The Lohan clan has become synonymous with trouble, and Lindsay’s driving problems have helped paved the way to their infamy. At only 19, the actress was involved in a collision with a van after being harassed by paparazzi. Like Barton, Lohan was arrested and charged with DUI in 2007. In that same year it was alleged that Lohan was involved in a hit-and-run, although charges were never filed. In 2012 Lohan was caught in a fender bender. Can that girl catch a break?

Britney Spears

After she was caught driving with a baby on her lap in 2006, it was all down hill from there. People Magazine reported in 2008 that Britney rear-ended an SUV, and the following year she reportedly left her car unattended on the freeway after getting a flat tire. The Daily Beast notes that the performer has been “charged with a hit and run, driving without a valid license, and was under fire as well for running over a paparazzo’s foot.”

Billy Joel

Rocker Billy Joel must have been graced with the luxury of multiple lives like our feline friends. He managed to get into three accidents in two years, being hospitalized for two. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was lifted from the scene of his 2003 accident by helicopter after he crashed into a tree off a Long Island highway. This was only one year after being involved in another serious accident in East Hampton. In 2004, the Piano Man lost control of his vehicle and crashed it into a Long Island home. It may be time to hire a driver.

George Michael

In 2007 Michael had his license revoked for two years after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of drugs. Soon after regaining his driving privileges, he was at fault for a pile-up car accident on a freeway in London in 2009. Then in 2010, the singer-song writer was arrested after crashing his car into a building in a residential area in London.

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