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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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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. 

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