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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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Friday, November 1, 2013


Depending on the source and circumstances, there are several claims to being the very first automobile accident in American history. In one instance, inventor and automotive pioneer, Sylvester Roper of Roxbury, Massachusetts is instantly killed when his steam-powered motorcycle crashes becoming the first motor vehicle fatality. A newspaper account noted that Roper “Died in the Saddle.” It is unknown if he had insurance – or not.

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