SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In this city of innumerable tourist attractions, the clanging, hill-conquering cable cars stand out as a top draw.
The quaint conveyances also stand out for the inordinate number of accidents and the millions of dollars annually the city pays out to settle lawsuits for broken bones.
In the last three years, the city has paid nearly $8 million to settle about four dozen legal claims arising from cable car accidents.
The mayor and other city officials say the accidents are rare events and defend the cable cars as a top tourist draw in a city that counts tourism as its top industry.
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