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Deadly train disasters – graphic of the day

At least 78 people died when a train hit a sharp bend at speed, derailed and caught fire near the pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela, in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters. Today’s graphic shows some of the major train disasters by region over the last 50 years.

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Plaintiff wins new trial in tire-failure accident case against Continental

A California state appeals court has reversed a verdict in favor of Continental Tire North America and ordered a new trial in a personal injury case involving an allegedly faulty General Road Tamer LX tire.

In an unreported decision, the 1st District Court of Appeal panel said the trial court “prejudicially erred in excluding relevant and admissible evidence” and failed to properly instruct the jury.

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Coming to a car near you? The Department of Transportation’s creepy black box

In a recent issue of Westlaw Journal Automotive, Horace Cooper, a legal commentator and an adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, examines the privacy implications for Americans as Congress mulls passage of a bill that would mandate the use of event data recorders — devices that track and record automobile usage — on every car sold in the U.S.

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Trenes De Buenos Aires – Graphic of the Day

Trenes de Buenos Aires S.A. (TBA), the company that transports 39% of passengers using the metropolitan rail network in Buenos Aires, has been criticized after recent accidents, the latest from Wednesday that left 50 dead and 676 wounded. Today’s graphic shows different charts pertaining to the company over the last ten years. Number of passengers transported, activity level, subsidies received, accidents and regularity are can all be seen in the graphic below.