If you’ve been involved in a car accident you likely need to have repairs made to your vehicle. This article, provided by the Glen Riddle, PA personal injury attorneys at Justice Guardians, covers the history of the car, the first car accident, and auto body shops in the Glenn Riddle area.
The History Of The Modern Car
Humans have always worked to develop new methods of transportation, both to transport people and goods. But it wasn’t until 1885 that Karl Benz built the first of his “Motorwagens”. He received a patent for the three-wheeled vehicle in 1886 and began to build the car to sell. Over the next several years, he sold about 25. He also built and patented a four-wheeled version.
At around the same time, several other inventors also created their own models in France and in Germany. In America, the Duryea brothers built the first American car, called the “Duryea Motorwagon”.
The First Car Accident & The Mass Production Of Parts
An American holds the record for being involved in the first car accident. Mr. James William Lambert was out for a drive with his friend in his single-cylinder gasoline powered vehicle in Ohio City, OH, when the tire of his car his a giant tree root. He lost control of the wheel and crashed into a hitching post.
While neither one of the occupants was seriously injured, the car was. Since cars were not yet a common form of transportation, it took quite some time for repairs to be made.
The first few car accidents, coupled with the desire to sell as many cars as possible, resulted in the mass production of car parts. Ultimately, this also allowed individual mechanics to open their own shops and provide repair services.
How Do I Choose The Right Mechanic?
It can be scary when you have to pick a mechanic, given the number of horror stories that exist where mechanics took advantage of unsuspecting customers. To pick a trustworthy mechanic, you may want to consider asking the following questions:
- How long have you been repairing cars?
- What certifications do you have?
- Do you have any specific certifications that pertain to my make and model of car?
- Can you provide me with a written estimate?
- If additional repairs need to be made that are not on the estimate will you contact me?
- Will you work directly with my insurance company?
You should always go with your gut when choosing a mechanic. If you can obtain recommendations from family, friends, or your insurance company, be sure to do so.
Auto Body Shops In And Around Glen Riddle, PA
5420 Pennell Rd,
Media, PA 19063
Carmen’s Auto Body
739 Mount Rd,
Aston, PA 19014
Carlson’s Auto Body Inc
1187 W Baltimore Pike,
Lima, PA 19037
CARSTAR Russo’s Collision
29 Mount Pleasant Rd,
Aston, PA 19014
Our Glen Riddle personal injury lawyers hope that you are able to get back on the road quickly and that you heal quickly from any injuries you may have sustained the collision. You can learn more about the Glen Riddle area by reading our post on the history of Glen Riddle, PA.