Everyone has a small accident or two throughout their lifetime, though some people tend to have far more than others. Unfortunately, there are some major accidents happening around the world that end up costing someone out there millions upon millions of dollars. These are fourteen of the most expensive accidents known to mankind. These disasters ended with dollar amounts well above what a human can count, loss of life well into the thousands – sometimes more – and enough history for everyone to remember.
The Titanic is easily known as one of the most famous accidents to happen in the maritime world. On April 12th, 1912, the Titanic sank on its first voyage across the ocean, costing over 1,500 people their lives. The ship cost $7 million to build, which is $150 million in today’s money.
In 2004, a car collided with the side of a tanker truck holding 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany. The tanker went through the guardrail and fell over 90-feet to the A4 Autobahn below, resulting in a massive explosion. Repairs cost $40 million and the cost of replacing the bridge was around $318 million.
On September 12th, 2008, one of the worst train crashes in California history occurred. 25 people were killed instantly when a Metrolink commuter trainer collided with a Union Pacific freight train outside of Los Angeles. The entire wreck was said to cost the company $500 million due to wrongful death lawsuits.