The day of the first recorded auto accident is May 30, 1896, according to Torque News.
On that day, an early rendition of an automobile ran into a bicycle. The bicyclist went to the hospital with a broken leg, and charged with careless driving. The driver spent one night in jail.
The first automotive fatality occurred in the United States when the son of a New York former mayor stepped off a streetcar in New York City and was run over by an electric taxicab. He died the next morning of head and chest injuries. The cab driver was originally charged with manslaughter, but that charge was reduced to unintentional death.
The first accident in a gas-powered vehicle happened in 1891 when two men in a motorcar hit a tree root and then hit a hitching post in Ohio City, Ohio. No personal injuries were recorded though the vehicle sustained damages.
Unfortunately, these accidents are the forerunners to today’s nearly 11 million accidents per year, which cause almost 36,000 fatal injuries.
California, Texas, Florida, and New York are the four states with the dubious honor of having the most accidents annually.
Distracted driving, DWIs, speeding, running red lights, and disregarding other traffic rules have become the major causes of most accidents.
Have you or someone you know been injured in an automobile accident?