Archives for January 2013

Head-On Car Accident Sends Drivers to Hospital

Car Accident on Route 32 Caused by Head-On Collision

A car accident on Route 32 near Route 1 occurred on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at approximately 11:17 p.m., according to The Baltimore Sun. The head-on collision car accident involved a 2004 Toyota Scion and a 1999 Toyota Camry.

The Howard County Police Department reported that a preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the 2004 Toyota Scion was traveling westbound on MD Rt. 32, in the area of US Rt. 1, in the eastbound lane. The Toyota Scion collided head on with the 1999 Toyota Camry, which was traveling eastbound MD Rt. 32, just west of US Rt. 1. The car accident occurred in the fast lane of eastbound MD Rt. 32.

Top Rated Car Accident Attorney Howard County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated Howard County car accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled Howard County car accident cases, including head-on car accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Car Accident Lawyer Columbia MD and Ellicott City MD

If a car crash caused by a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced car accident attorney and wrongful death lawyer.

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Driver Injured in Howard County Semi Truck Accident

Semi Truck Accident on I-95 Critically Injures Driver

A semi truck accident on Interstate 95 on Friday, January 18, 2013 sent the driver of the car that crashed into the tractor trailer to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, reported The Baltimore Sun. According to the Maryland State Police, the car’s driver was northbound when the car left the road, drifted onto the shoulder and struck the tractor trailer, which was parked on the shoulder.

The car became trapped underneath the tractor trailer. Fire and rescue officials removed the driver from the car. The driver was taken to Shock Trauma, and was in critical condition.

Semi Truck Accident Study Focuses on Causes

The United States Department of Transportation has been conducting a major study on the causes of large semi truck accident crashes. An unprecedented database containing highly detailed data (over 1,000 data elements) on 1,000 serious large truck crashes is being created.When completed, it will be the most comprehensive database on large truck crashes in existence. The truck accident study also focuses on injuries and deaths caused involving a semi truck accident with another motor vehicle.

Top Rated Semi Truck Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced semi truck accident lawyer. Mr. Smith represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving semi truck accident cases throughout Maryland and the Baltimore area. He is a top-rated semi truck accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience.

As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, including truck accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Maryland Semi Truck Accident Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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Two Childhood Friends Killed in Ellicott City Train Accident

Just one week before their scheduled return to college, two young women lost their lives when a train derailed in Ellicott City, Maryland, killing them both. They had been tweeting about being on a railroad bridge just minutes before.

Evidently, the women, both 19 and longtime friends, were seated at the edge of a bridge over Main Street when the train passed by. It derailed just a few feet behind them.

The CSX Company wrote in a statement: “Two young women tragically lost their lives in a train accident this morning near Ellicott City, Maryland. CSX wishes to offer its sincere condolences to their families.”

The tragic train accident in Ellicott City occurred around midnight on August 21. Evidently 21 of the 80 cars on the freight train derailed.

Investigators, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), are now gathering facts to determine the cause of the train accident that buried both of the young women in coal. So far investigators have learned that an emergency brake did activate automatically. This type of automatic activation is typical in situations when a break in the airline of the train occurs.

Just three crewmembers were on board the train at the time of the Ellicott City train accident, including the conductor, engineer, and a training engineer. They noticed nothing unusual during the time leading up to the derailment.

Obviously, investigators will be seeking to determine if human error was a contributing factor to the train accident.

Top Rated Columbia and Ellicott City Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced Howard County personal injury lawyer. Mr. Smith represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving accidents throughout Maryland and the Baltimore area. He is a top-rated accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience.

As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, including Howard County accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in accident and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients who have suffered injuries and tragic losses in accidents caused by another. To contact our law firm, please call 410-740-0101 or contact us online. Put the skill and experience of a former prosecutor to fight for you.

What Is Negligence in a Personal Injury Case?

Negligence happens when someone acts in a careless or reckless manner that causes injury to another person. In personal injury cases, negligence can either be caused by action or failing to take appropriate action.

In general, negligence, from the word neglect, is at the heart of many personal injury claims. It forms the legal basis necessary to mount a personal injury lawsuit.

To win a personal injury lawsuit, the injured person, known as the plaintiff, must prove these four things:

  1. The person who is being sued, or the defendant, owed the plaintiff a duty of care.
  2. The defendant failed to act with appropriate care toward the injured person.
  3. The breach of duty on the part of the defendant caused the plaintiff’s injury.
  4. The plaintiff suffered damages due to the defendant’s breach of duty. Damages means bodily injury, property damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Duty of Care Examples

In the case of a car or other motor vehicle, a person’s duty of care includes following traffic laws, including stopping at red lights and following the speed limits, and not drinking while driving.

Breach of Duty Examples

A beach of duty of care can occur if the owner of a car does not properly maintain a vehicle and that car gets in an accident that causes injuries to another as a result. For example, if the brakes on a car that has not been properly maintained fail, causing the car driver to strike and injure a pedestrian, the car owner has breached his duty of care to the injured person. Had the car been properly maintained, the accident would not have happened.

Cause Examples

The injured person must show that the defendant’s breach of duty actually caused the accident that caused the injury. Sometimes this is very clear. For example, let’s say the driver of one car runs a red light, striking and injuring another individual. While this example demonstrates that all cause rests with the person at fault, not all cases are as clear-cut.

Damages

Damages are essentially an attempt by legal means to help the injured person recover as much as possible of the life that he or she had prior to the accident that caused the injuries. Damages include cost of medical treatment, lost wages, and the like. It is relatively straightforward to place a dollar value on property damage relating to a car accident, but not so easy to monetize an intangible such as pain and suffering, or to anticipate damages relating to future medical costs in the case of a person who was permanently disabled as a result of the accident.

Top Rated Accident Lawyer Howard County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced Howard County personal injury lawyer. Mr. Smith represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving accidents throughout Maryland and the Baltimore area. He is a top-rated accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience.
As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, including Howard County accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in accident and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Injured in a Car Accident Caused by Another? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, MD

To schedule an appointment with a personal injury lawyer at the Smith Personal Injury Law Firm in Columbia, MD, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online. Put the skill and experience of a former prosecutor to fight for you.

Howard County Police Officer Rescues Driver in Car Accident

 

On January 11, 2013, Howard County Police Officer Cpl. Craig Ream, a member of the HCPD tactical team, was on his way to the police station at about 3 a.m. The officer came upon the scene of a serious car accident on Route 97 involving two vehicles. One vehicle was down an embankment, upside down, and on fire, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Howard County Officer Described as “Hero” in Car Accident

Cpl. Ream crawled under the hood of the car to the windshield area where he saw a small opening. He squeezed his way through the opening into the car and found a teenage girl trapped inside. The officer grabbed the girl and crawled back through the hole, dragging her with him. He then dragged her up the hill and away from the burning car. The teen was flown to Shock Trauma. Police Chief William McMahon described Cpl. Ream as a “hero” for his actions in this car accident.

Car Accident Lawyer Howard County, MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated car accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled car crash cases for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Howard County, MD

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Car Wreck Attorney Howard County MD

If a car accident caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced car accident lawyer and wrongful death attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure.

Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Mt Hebron Students Injured in Car Accident

Car Accident Sends Students to Hospital

On Thursday, January 3, 2013, a car was leaving Mt Hebron High School and attemptingto pull out onto Route 99 when it was struck by a Mack truck, reported The Baltimore Sun. According to the account, the car accident involved a Honda Civic loaded with students that failed to stop at a stop sign when exiting the school’s parking lot.

The car’s driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The four passengers were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital the same evening. No charges were filed against the driver of the Mack truck; Howard County Police did not believe he was speeding or at fault in causing the car accident.

Can a Passenger have a Claim if their Driver is at Fault?

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, you may have a claim for medical bills; lost income; and pain & suffering. A passenger in a car driven by the at fault driver may still have a valid legal claim because the passenger was not in control of the vehicle and therefore not legally at fault in most cases.

Top Rated Car Accident Attorney Howard County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated Howard County car accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled Howard County car accidents, including fatal car accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Car Accident Lawyer Columbia MD and Ellicott City MD

If a car crash caused by a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced car accident attorney and wrongful death lawyer.

Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Teenager Killed in Pedestrian Accident

Teenager Dies in Anne Arundel Pedestrian Accident

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, a 15-year-old was struck by a car at an intersection at Maryland Route 198 in Anne Arundel County, reported The Baltimore Sun. The teenager was crossing at the intersection of Route 198 and Russett Green East around 5:59 a.m., when he was struck by a Chevrolet Camaro, according to the Anne Arundel Police Department.

Police said the car had a green light, and that the teenager was crossing at the intersection against a pedestrian traffic signal. Tragically, this pedestrian accident resulted in the teen’s death.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

In 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian accidents in the United States, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated. This is the second lowest annual rate since 1994, but any pedestrian accident is one too many. Pedestrian injuries from a pedestrian crash can be traumatic.

Anne Arundel County MD Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated pedestrian accident attorney, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled pedestrian accident cases for over three decades, including pedestrian accidents in Anne Arundel County MD. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

If you need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer and wrongful death attorney, we can help.

Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation if a pedestrian accident has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member.

Student Injured in Howard County Pedestrian Accident

 

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, a 17-year-old River Hill High School student was struck by a car on his way to school, according to The Baltimore Sun. The student was struck by a 1998 Honda Accord while crossing Linden Linthicum Lane, near Little Bells Row, at 7:30 a.m.

The student was flown to the Shock Trauma Center in serious condition. Howard County Police indicated that the young man was in a crosswalk at the time of the pedestrian accident. The investigation was ongoing, and no charges had been filed.

Statistics Involving Pedestrian Accident Cases

Injuries from a pedestrian crash are too common, and can be traumatic. In 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian accidents in the United States, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated. This is the second lowest annual rate since 1994, but any pedestrian accident is one too many.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney Howard County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated pedestrian accident attorney, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled pedestrian accident cases for over three decades, including pedestrian accidents in Anne Arundel County MD. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Car Accident Lawyer Howard County MD

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Ellicott City MD

If you need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer and wrongful death attorney, we can help

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Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation if a pedestrian accident has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member.

Anne Arundel Truck Accident Sends Drivers to Hospital

Truck Accident on I97 and Route 100

A truck overturned in an accident involving an Anne Arundel County police vehicle on southbound Interstate 97 near Route 100 on Saturday, December 29, 2012, according to The Baltimore Sun. Both drivers were sent to the hospital. The truck accident blocked several lanes of traffic.

The truck driver of the truck was taken to the hospital. The police officer was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precautionary measure, county police Lt. Glenn Shanahan said.

Top Rated Anne Arundel County Truck Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced truck accident lawyer. Mr. Smith represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving trucking accidents throughout Maryland and the Baltimore area. He is a top-rated semi truck accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience.

As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, including truck accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Anne Arundel County Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Severna Park, Odenton, Pasadena, Arnold, Glen Burnie, Crofton, Parole, and Severn. He also handles truck accident cases in Baltimore County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Contact Us

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Semi Truck Accidents on Maryland Highways

Causes of a Semi Truck Accidentsemi-truck-accident-maryland

Truck drivers are often pushing the pedal to the metal, literally. They are under pressure to deliver their goods within a certain time frame. And even though Federal regulations limit truckers to 11 hours’ drive time in a 14-hour time period, which must be followed by at least 10 hours’ rest, many drivers ignore the rules.

Truckers may be tired, driving 18 or more hours a day. This level of fatigue can lead to falling asleep at the wheel or inattention, which can lead to serious semi truck accidents, and often fatal accidents.

Serious Semi Truck Crashes on I-95

Just this past August, a trucker heading north on Interstate 95 in Baltimore struck a barrier wall at the Interstate 395 exit. The impact caused two tanks of fuel on the truck to catch fire and the truck’s cabin went up in flames. The driver was also killed. In another August semi truck accident, a truck driver was injured after his tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 95, spilled oil and fuel across the highway. Two lanes were closed while Hazardous materials teams from Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Special Operations Team and the Maryland Department of the Environment worked to clean it up. Causes of both crashes are being investigated.

Investigating Cause of Semi Truck Accidents

Semi truck accidents can be complicated and challenging to investigate. There can be many contributing causes to a truck crash, each of which must be investigated. In any personal injury accident case, all potential sources of liability must be tracked down. Investigators must look into the role played by:

  • The driver of the truck
  • The tractor-trailer owner
  • The trucking company
  • The auto shop that maintained the truck
  • The warehouse responsible for loading the 18-wheeler
  • The manufacturer of the truck, the brakes, the tires, or other parts that failed

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident involving a truck, an attorney who is knowledgeable in the rules and regulations governing the trucking industry may be able to help you find out what caused the accident and whether you have grounds to sue for personal injury or wrongful death.

Top Rated Columbia and Ellicott City Truck Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced Howard County truck accident lawyer. Mr. Smith represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving trucking accidents in Maryland and the Baltimore area. He is a top-rated semi truck accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience.

As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, including Howard County truck accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Howard County, Maryland

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in a truck or car accident that was caused by negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you protect your rights to seek compensation to recover from your injuries. To schedule an appointment with experienced semi truck accident lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith in Columbia, Maryland, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online.

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  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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