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The First Auto Laws in the United States

The First Auto Laws in the United States

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The First Auto Laws in the United States

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48 pages
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Sep 26, 2014
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9781310876684
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Stopping speeders by throwing logs in front of their car? Having a man walk in front of the car waving a red flag, to warn it is coming? Putting the initials of the driver on a piece of metal to act as his license plate? Giving a driver's license to anyone who has the use of both arms? These are but a few examples from this book of the first laws dealing with new-fangled automobiles.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Sep 26, 2014
ISBN:
9781310876684
Format:
Livre

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Silas Flint is an attorney in Utah. He has never met Santa Claus or run for governor.


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The First Auto Laws in the United States - Silas Flint

The First Auto Laws in the United States

by Silas Flint

Published by Silas Flint on Smashwords

Copyright 2014 Silas Flint

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1: Introduction

CHAPTER 2: Automobile Beginnings

CHAPTER 3: The First Laws--Local Ordinances

CHAPTER 4: State Regulations

CHAPTER 5: Early Cases Relating to Automobiles

CHAPTER 6: The Selden Patent

CHAPTER 7: Conclusion

ENDNOTES

CHAPTER 1: Introduction

The automobile has had a tremendous impact on American life. It has extended an invaluable, quick mode of transportation to the common man, and is seen today as an indispensable part of everyday living. An entire, new culture has sprung up around the automobile, and with it has also grown a whole new body of law.

A study of the reaction of the law to the coming of the automobile shows the fascinating interplay between new technological creations, and the invention of intangible legal standards that hold those creations in check. The law reacts rather slowly and shakily to technological changes, being spurred eventually into action only by those who feel their rights are placed in jeopardy by the new invention. The early legal reaction to the automobile shows the give and take involved with the advent of any new technological invention, as the law-making bodies struggled to maintain both the strong traditions on which the law was based, and to forge some sense of order out of a newly changed world.

This book will explore the initial reaction of the law to the coming of the automobile, citing primary sources of the time. One of the chief sources that will be cited is a contemporary auto magazine of the day, entitled The Horseless Age. The progression of this volume will be as follows: first, a historical foundation will be given regarding the early history of the first automobile inventions in America. Following this will be a discussion of some of the first local ordinances relating to automobiles, after which we will review some of the first state laws in this regard. This will be followed by a look at the earliest court cases involving automobiles. A final section is devoted to the legal dispute regarding the Selden patent, in which an effort to enforce a patent for an automobile was unsuccessful.

Throughout the discussion that follows it is hoped that the interplay between the, law and society's acceptance of a revolutionary technological invention can be clearly demonstrated, in a way that will constructively add to the general knowledge in this little researched field.[1]

CHAPTER 2: Automobile Beginnings

In order to better understand the full implications of the legal changes brought about by the coming of the automobile, it is first necessary to learn of the development and background of these remarkable machines. The circumstances surrounding the development of the automobile could not help but affect the laws that were soon to be developed in response to them.

While many inventive minds over the centuries have contemplated

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