Top 10 Motorcycle Accidents of the Rich & Famous

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Lauren Hutton

Dennis Hopper, Lauren Hutton and Jeremy Irons

The ’70s supermodel/actress crashed near Las Vegas while riding a motorcycle for a charity ride supporting the Hermitage-Guggenheim Museum in 2001. Luckily, she benefited from the advice of her riding buddies. Dennis Hopper had persuaded her to wear protective leathers instead of the chic one she brought, and Jeremy Irons supplied a full-face helmet in lieu of her open-face one. Hutton says she is not certain how fast she was going at the time of the crash (“they say between 90 and 110, but I would never ride that fast”), but her tires apparently lost grip as she skidded around a curve.

“She lost it on a corner, on a very slow bend,” said Irons, who was riding behind her. “She got onto the gravel at the side of the road and went into a slow skid which is very hard to get out of when you’re traveling at [that] speed. She finally hit the bank and flew through the air.”

When she came down, both legs and arms were broken, and three of her ribs were crushed, puncturing a lung. She was unconscious and a bone was protruding from her leg. Nevertheless, they say she looked gorgeous.

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  • Bob D

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  • james lagnese

    No Billy Joel?

  • CrashFroelich

    Big Ben’s ride was a ‘Busa. Not a great choice for a starter bike. Mike Tyson got bit by a ‘Busa as well.

  • Glenn

    Running a stop sign is not a motorcycle accident. It is evolution in action, to dumb to breed.

    • TonyCarlos

      Do you mean “too dumb to ……?”

      • zenmonger

        Hay dont make fun uv glen cuz he be two dum to reed or rite

  • Jim Miller

    Forgot Schwarzenegger.

  • TonyCarlos

    BMW never made the R1200RS that you’ve reported Fonda as owning.

  • Billlllyyyyy

    What about T.E Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia? Surely the most famous motorcycle crash of all time, ending the life of a true hero of the first world war and a person of far more consequence in both life and death than anyone else on this list (including Bob Dylan… though maybe not Hasslehoff); after all, wasn’t it his accident that prompted the first motorcycle helmet to be made?

  • Nearsighted

    If I had to crash into something I think a vagina would be my first choice, but not a lawyer’s vagina.

  • zenmonger

    Have to agree with Billy; TE Lawrence should rate over half those mentioned in the article. Like Ann-Margret and Fonda, he was clearly a true enthusiast, and you just know that if he had survived he would have gotten right back in the saddle again.

  • zenmonger

    Have to agree with Billy; TE Lawrence should rate over half those mentioned in the article. Like Ann-Margret and Fonda, he was clearly a true enthusiast, and you just know that if he had survived he would have gotten right back in the saddle again.

  • Piglet2010

    No Bobby Petrino who indirectly got fired from Arkansas due to a motorcycle accident, or NBA second overall pick Jay Williams who ended his short career due to crashing a motorcycle?

  • Piglet2010

    Too much ego in most cases to get proper training and wear proper gear, and no one willing to verbally slap them for their attitude.