Automobiles and the Law


Automobiles have changed the landscape of the United States and have become our favorite mode of transportation, whether for pleasure or commerce. In fact, they are the most valuable type of Personal Property in the U.S., making them a favorite target for thieves. However, they are also responsible for air pollution, create tremendous personal injury, and are expensive to purchase and maintain. The law governing automobiles covers four general phases in their life cycle: production, ownership, maintenance, and disposal.

Henry Ford

The story of Henry Ford and automobiles begins with his dream of a car that was both inexpensive and easy to maintain. This vision would change the way the automotive industry was run in the United States. Ford’s first car, the Model T, took four years to develop. It was a revolutionary invention that set off a chain reaction of machine production and invention that we know as automation.

Karl Benz

The first automobile was invented in 1885 by Karl Benz. It had an internal combustion engine, but was shaped like a horse carriage. It was also the first automobile to stand on wheels.


Daimler automobiles are cars manufactured by Daimler Benz. The company is one of the world’s most successful automobile manufacturers. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Daimler’s gas-powered internal combustion engine

Gottlieb Daimler’s gas-powered internal-combustion engine was the precursor to the modern gasoline engine. This new design had a vertical cylinder and was fueled by gasoline injected through a carburetor. Daimler went on to build both a two and four-wheeled automobile with his new engine. Other notable inventors of this type of engine include Karl Benz and Wilhelm Maybach.

General Motors

General Motors is an American multinational automobile manufacturing company. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the company is one of the largest automakers in the world. It was the top carmaker for nearly 77 years, before losing its top spot to Toyota in 2008.