Mason Rashtian | Personal Injury Attorney | Who Was Involved in the First Car Accident?

Ever wondered when the first car accident occurred?  How did it happen?  Who was the driver?

According to some source, the world’s first car accident occurred in 1891 in Ohio City, Ohio.  The driver given this distinction was named James William Lambert.

Mr. Lambert has apparently driving a single-cylinder gasoline automobile.  He had a passenger named James Swoveland.  The accident occurred when Mr. Lambert struck a tree root, causing his car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post.

The injuries in this accident were apparently minor.  Mr. Lambert went on to patent over 600 inventions, mostly affiliated with the auto industry.

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