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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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Sunday, September 9, 2012

May 30, 1896

Depending on the source and circumstances, there are several claims to being the very first automobile accident in American history – this is one. While driving his Duryea Motor Wagon through Manhattan, Henry Wells hits a bicycle ridden by Evylyn Thomas sending the woman flying. Thomas spent the next few days in the hospital nursing a fractured leg. Wells spent the night in jail. It is unknown what happened to the bicycle or the Duryea Motor Wagon, but at that point it had to be clear to at least some, that this type of incident, although it maybe the first, would certainly not be the last. It is unknown if Mr. Wells made an insurance claim for the accident.  

(Source:  America at the Wheel: 100 Years of the Automobile in America by Automotive News, September 21, 1993)

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