Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Depending on the source and circumstances, there are several claims to being the very first automobile accident in American history – this is one. From the turn of the 20th century forward, Detroit was known as the car-building capital of the US, and so had many first’s concerning the automobile. But prior to that time, Ohio was the “Michigan” of the era when it came to car building, and thus, had its share of firsts. While “motoring” in 1891, James Lambert and passenger James Swoveland, hit a tree root, causing their car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post. How ironic that one of the world’s first cars hit a horse hitching post in, what is purported to be, the first car accident in America. It is unknown if he was insured.