Everyday automakers are making sports cars that are fast and expensive. Driving theseÂ sports cars is like driving a true race car, which is why so many of them are seen all over the news in devastating accidents. Many inexperienced drivers are the ones who love to have the sports cars. Maybe they should think about investing in Philadelphia accident attorneys the day they purchase the vehicle.
In the past 18 months, drivers across the world have cracked up at least six rare $1 million Ferrari Enzos, only 400 of which were built. In March, a California man rammed his $300,000 Lamborghini Murcielago into five parked cars; while in England, a 39-year-old driver caused an international stir among car enthusiasts by crashing a Bugatti Veyron, an extremely rare $1.5 million turbocharged missile with a top speed of 253 miles per hour.
It’s not just drunken celebrities doing the damage. On the way to an M.B.A. class near San Diego one recent morning, Nasar Aboubakare, a 40-year-old private-equity firm president, lost control of his new 550-horsepower Ford GT and wrenched it over a lane divider. “The car is like a wild animal,” he says. To compound matters, it’s tough to be inconspicuous when you damage a $150,000 automobile. After Mr. Aboubakare’s accident, several passing motorists snapped pictures while one leaned out the window of his pickup truck and shouted: “What an idiot!”
Police in wealthy enclaves across the country say these accidents are not unusual. A spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department says his officers “regularly” handle accidents involving exotic vehicles, while Sgt. Jeffrey Kelly from Boca Raton, Fla., says his department has logged two Ferrari crashes in the past two years. “We’ve had our fair share,” he says. WSJ’s Jennifer Saranow reports on the increasing number of accidents and wealthy sports-car owners who don’t just take weekend drives.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the total number of accidents involving Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Lotuses and Maseratis rose to 141 last year, an 81% increase from 2002, while overall crashes declined statewide during that period. Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which sell a wider range of models, saw a 22% increase during that time frame.
These accidents are happening so regularly that a Web site called WreckedExotics.com, which contains photos of dream cars reduced to smoking heaps, added as many as 700 new examples to its gallery last year and says it attracts about 650,000 visitors a month. Founder Gregg Fidan explains the attraction this way: “It’s like seeing a supermodel fall off the runway.”
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