The World’s First Car Accidents Ever

By | October 3, 2017

The first steamed engine accident happened in 1869 when Irish scientist Mary Ward fell off the seat of the experimental steam car she was driving as she rounded a curve on the road. She was hit by engine’s wheel which broke her neck and killed her.

First gasoline powered car accident happened in Ohio in 1891 when engineer James Lambert  hit a tree root sticking out of the ground as he was driving himself and his friend. Lambert lost control and the car hit the hitching post leaving both men with minor injuries.


The first recorded pedestrian involved in a car accident happened in 1896. Bridget Driscoll stepped out on the road when gas-powered car driven by Arthur Edsall struck and killed her. The car was driving on top speed of 4 miles per hour and Driscoll was frozen in place because of what she was seeing so the collision was inevitable.

The first driver death in car accident happened in 1898. A man and his son were driving from Brighton to London when the father lost his control while driving down a hill. They crashed through the fence and the father was thrown from the seat and injured his leg. The surgeons had to amputate his leg while his son was not even injured. After the operation he remained unconscious and died the next day.

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