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History Lesson: First Vehicle Collision Involved a Car and a Bicycle

The first recorded vehicle collision in the United States occurred on Sunday, May 28, 1896, in New York City.

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Here’s a question for the history buffs out there: When did the first recorded vehicle collision occur in the United States?

The answer is Sunday, May 28, 1896, in – where else – New York City.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this is what happened:

Henry Wells of Springfield, Mass., was driving a new Duryea Motor Wagon, the first automobile model made and sold in the United States. Wells collided with Evelyn Thomas of New York, who was riding a bicycle.

Thomas went to the hospital with a broken leg, and Wells spent the night in jail.

Over a century later, there are nearly 6.3 million motor vehicle accidents reported to police per year, with more than 35,000 fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The U.S. Census Bureau published the collision tidbit as part of its “Profile America” series.

 

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