The First Car Accident in U.S. History

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In 1891, James William Lambert was involved in the first car accident in U.S. history. The accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio. Lambert’s vehicle — the first single-cylinder gasoline automobile, which was carrying Lambert and James Swoveland, hit a tree root, causing the car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post. Injuries from this accident were minor. Lambert proceeded to patent over six hundred inventions, mostly affiliated with the automobile industry.