The Mean Girls star was on her way to work on the set of her Elizabeth Taylor TV biopic, Liz & Dick, when her hired Porsche collided with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway, totalling the sports vehicle.
She escaped with only minor injuries and subsequently blamed a mechanical fault with her brakes for the accident, after allegedly telling police her assistant had been the one driving at the time of the incident.
Lohan is now facing more jail time - on Thursday (29Nov12), the Santa Monica City Attorney charged the actress with four crimes, including giving false information to a police officer, obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty and reckless driving.
According to TMZ.com, the troubled star will be arraigned when she returns to Los Angeles from New York. A judge is expected to revoke her probation related to her 2011 necklace theft conviction.
Thursday started out as a really bad day for Lohan - the 26 year old was arrested in the early hours amid allegations she punched Tiffany Eve Mitchell during an altercation in a Big Apple nightclub. She was booked on a third-degree misdemeanour assault charge and has since been released from custody and ordered to attend a court hearing on 11 January (13).
It was the latest incident in a drama-filled year for Lohan - she was arrested in September (12) when a pedestrian claimed she hit him with her car, and she suffered another legal incident at a Manhattan hotel days later when she accused a man of assaulting her.
The hit-and-run case against Lohan was dropped due to insufficient evidence, and charges against her alleged hotel attacker were also dismissed.
Lohan is on probation from last year's (11) jewellery theft until May, 2014.