This article on the history of the automobile, the first car accident, and local auto body shops is brought to you by the Jericho personal injury lawyers at Banville Law.

Speaking in historical terms, the invention of the modern car is a fairly recent one. Although many inventors had been working with developing various models of the internal combustion engine, it was Karl Benz who first patented a two-stroke gasoline engine in 1879. Just a few years later, in 1886, Benz received a patent for a three-wheeled vehicle which he called the “Motorwagen”. It wasn’t long before he also designed and began to sell a four-wheeled model.

Overseas in America, the Duryea brothers built the first American gasoline engine powered car that they called the Duryea Motorwagen.

Of course with the invention of the car it wasn’t long before someone was involved in the first car accident.

James William Lamert: The First Man To Crash A Car

It was an Ohio City, Ohio man who was behind the wheel during the first documented car crash. James William Lambert was driving his single-cylinder gasoline powered car with a friend in the passenger seat when the tire of his vehicle hit a large tree root and he lost control. The car crashed into a hitching post. Lambert and his friend luckily did not sustain any serious injuries, however, the car was damaged.

In addition to the increased demand for cars and the increase in car crashes, the auto industry quickly realized that mass production was a good idea. Manufacturing facilities were built and car parts were created in large numbers. This also allowed for independent mechanics to open their own shops, providing repair services.

How To Choose A Mechanic

In order to choose the best auto body shop and mechanic to repair your vehicle, there are questions that you should always ask, such as:

  1. What types of certifications do you have?
  2. Do you have any special certifications for my make and model of car?
  3. Will you provide a written estimate?
  4. Will I be notified if additional work that is not included in the estimate is required?
  5. Is my car covered by insurance while in your shop?
  6. How long have you been in business?

Always go with your gut, if something doesn’t feel quite right, it probably isn’t. Also, be sure to speak with an insurance adjuster if you are working with insurance to cover the repairs.

Auto Body Shops In And Near Jericho, New York On Long Island

R & D Auto
285 N Broadway,
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 681-0122Neighborhood near Jericho personal injury lawyer.

AAA-1 Auto Body
112 Duffy Ave,
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 931-8303

AMX Auto Body
54 Bethpage Rd,
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 433-5100

JVC Auto Collision Inc
60 E Barclay St,
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 939-0020

Our entire Jericho personal injury legal team hopes that you’ve enjoyed learning more about the history of the car and that you feel more comfortable choosing a qualified mechanic. For more information on services available for accident victims in the area, read our post on chiropractors in Jericho.