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Knoxville motorcycle crash injury lawyersIf you have ever sustained a motorcycle crash injury, then you know how devastating one can be. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles offer their riders very little protection. In fact, federal statistics indicate that about four in every five motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries. Where do all these crashes come from? It turns out that in more than two-thirds of crashes between cars and motorcycles, it is the drivers of the cars who are responsible. And with 2,670 motorcycle crashes and 151 fatalities in Tennessee alone in 2021, there is still a lot that motorists can do to stem this tide of serious personal injuries and death.

Look Twice for Motorcycles

Since motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars or trucks, it is important to pay extra attention to make sure you see them. To help keep this serious issue top of mind, the state government is asking all Tennessee motorists to “Look Twice for Motorcycles” during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month this May. Specifically, here are three things they want to remind you so as to avoid a crash with a motorcycle:

  • Motorcycles always have all the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the road, including the use of the full width of traffic lanes.
  • Before you change lanes or merge with other traffic, particularly at intersections, always check your mirrors and blind spots for any motorcycles that may be there. Then signal and proceed.
  • Motorcycles do not follow the same driving patterns cars do. Where a car can just roll over a piece of wood or other small obstruction in the road without thinking about it, hitting that same piece of debris on a motorcycle may cause a fatal fall. Therefore, riders in front of you will react differently to road conditions, often dodging and maneuvering around things you won’t see; so stay alert and try to predict their evasive actions.

For this reason, it is also vital to back off and give these vulnerable riders enough room and time—about three or four seconds—to maneuver or stop in case of an emergency.

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Knoxville personal injury lawyerOn April 15, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office launched a two-week campaign to raise public awareness and reduce personal injuries caused by speeding on Tennessee roads and highways. During this period, several agencies and public service groups are promoting the Slow Down Tennessee message, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is increasing its enforcement efforts during the campaign as well. The overall goal is to lower the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths across Tennessee.

Teens Are at the Greatest Risk

From 2020 to 2022, the state saw more than 28,000 traffic accidents related to speeding, racing, aggressive, or reckless driving. Teenagers in particular are at high risk for car crashes, which are actually the number one cause of death among American teens. Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documented 2,042 deaths in 2019 involving a teenage driver. Statewide in 2019, Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN) recorded 100 deaths involving teen drivers.

According to Gavin Gill, Tennessee Regional Manager of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the reason teenage drivers speed and drive aggressively is because of overconfidence. He attributes this higher percentage of unsafe behavior to teens’ overall lack of experience. The group is looking to increase the number of SADD chapters throughout Tennessee to reach more teenage drivers, and help them more safely take the wheel.

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Knoxville BUI defense lawyerWith the 2022 boating season getting underway, it is time again to start enjoying the many beautiful lakes and streams East Tennessee has to offer. For many, kicking back and relaxing with a couple of beers or other alcoholic refreshment is just part of the fun. But a glance at the statistics shows that fun on the water can turn deadly in a blink—which is what inspired Tennessee’s new boating under the influence (BUI) laws in the first place.

For example, you might not know that:

  • Nearly half of all U.S. boating accidents involve alcohol.
  • Since alcohol affects people’s balance, one in every four boating deaths results from falling overboard and drowning.
  • The risks go up even more at night, as alcohol further impairs night vision and the ability to tell red from green.

Numbers like these prompted Tennessee to enact similar serious penalties for BUI as they already had in place for DUI. But the law for boaters differs in several significant respects from that for drivers. One of the key distinctions is that it is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a moving car, but not on a boat.

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Knoxville DUI Defense AttorneyThere is no doubt that the effects of a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction stretch way beyond whatever legal or financial penalties you may have received. Besides showing up on background checks for potential future jobs, are you also in danger of being fired from your present one?

The Impact on Your Current Employment

Depending on your company’s policies and the terms of your employment, your employer may be able to dismiss you if you are convicted of any crime, including a DUI. But will they? One obvious factor is whether the time requirements of your case—such as court dates, jail time, counseling sessions, and community service—have made you miss too much work. But if you have crossed that hurdle, you are able to get to work, and driving is not an integral part of your employment, then that DUI may not be all that important to your present employer.

The Impact on Your Job Search

If you are looking for work, it is possible that the question of criminal convictions will not come up at all in the application or interview. In that case, you have no obligation to bring it up. If it does arise, don’t assume it will automatically kill your chances for the job.

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Knoxville personal injury lawyersEvery time you travel by car, there is always a risk that a careless driver will crash into you - no matter how cautious you are being. You could be one of the best drivers on the roads, and you could still fall victim to the unpredictable movements of a distracted, drunk, speeding, or otherwise negligent driver. There can be a lot of costs associated with a car accident you did not cause. You will probably have medical bills due to your injuries. Your car might be totaled.

These are just the beginning of the expenses you could be forced to take on because someone else decided not to use reasonable caution while driving. If this has happened to you, you should speak to an attorney. You may be able to recover more financial compensation than the insurance companies would like you to believe. 

What Car Crash Damages Could I Be Compensated for?

The true cost of a car accident can be much higher than it initially appears. Even beyond the direct financial costs you have faced as a result, there may be additional types of compensation available. You could be able to recover reimbursement for: 

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Knoxville DUI defense lawyerGetting a DUI can be, at best, very unpleasant and, at worst, life-altering. The initial legal penalties can be difficult to deal with, and then there are likely to be more far-ranging collateral consequences. There is a lot of risk involved when you are charged with a DUI. Depending on the outcome of the case, you could be more or less free to go back to your life as it was before, or you could end up serving time in jail and facing more serious consequences. If you were arrested for DUI, the best thing to do is call a lawyer as soon as you possibly can, even if it is from a police station or from jail. The sooner an attorney takes on your representation, the better they can manage the criminal process. 

What Are Some Possible Consequences of a DUI in Knox County?

The judge typically has quite a bit of discretion in a DUI case. Even if you are convicted or ultimately plead guilty, there is a wide range of potential sentences. While DUI offenses carry mandatory minimum sentencing, you may be able to avoid some of the harshest penalties available if your case is well-handled. 

Possible consequences that could come with a DUI include: 

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Knoxville personal injury lawyerIt was a rear-end collision. The driver behind is automatically at fault, right? Not always. If you rear-ended someone, there is still a chance that they are legally at fault. There are situations where the driver in front is actually responsible for the crash and therefore liable to the driver behind him. These situations are more common than you might think. However, most not-at-fault drivers who were behind in a rear-end collision never think to fight back against the assumption that they were at fault. With the help of a skilled car accident attorney, you may be able to not only absolve yourself of liability but also recover damages from the driver who actually caused your accident. 

How Do I Know if the Driver in Front Was Responsible for My Rear-End Collision?

A good test is to think about what you realistically could have done to avoid rear-ending the driver ahead of you. If you honestly cannot think of anything you should have done differently to avoid the crash, and were not being careless, then you might not be at fault. If the driver in front of you created a situation where you had little or no opportunity to avoid the collision, they may in fact be liable to you. 

Common situations where the front driver is responsible for a rear-end collision include: 

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Knoxville DUI defense attorneyCelebrating St. Patrick’s Day in jail is no one’s idea of a good time. Unfortunately, this will be the reality for at least several hundred Tennessee residents who get caught driving drunk on the holiday. There is nothing green you can wear in jail. They do not serve Guinness, and your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are virtually zero. If you drive drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, your luck may just run out.

Driving drunk is just one crime we can expect to see in greater-than-average numbers on what is supposed to be a fun day. If you do find yourself in the local jail on St. Patrick’s Day, you will want to speak to an attorney as soon as you can. There are many ways that an attorney can fight a DUI charge on your behalf. 

Drunk Driving Statistics for St. Patrick’s Day

DUIs on St. Patrick’s day have not been as numerous as they usually are these past few years. With COVID spreading like wildfire, masking rules, and limited public celebrations, many Tennesseans opted to celebrate safely at home. Now that COVID has become endemic, people have been vaccinated, and masking requirements have been lifted, more people are expected to go out to celebrate in bars, house parties, and public festivals. Unfortunately, a significant number of these partygoers will attempt to drive themselves home - with varying degrees of success. Alarming statistics for St. Patrick’s Day include: 

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Knox County DUI defense lawyerThe short answer is “yes.” Absolutely, a person who has had nothing to drink and has not taken any other mind-altering substance can still fail a field sobriety test. There are quite a few factors other than intoxication that can cause a person who is perfectly sober to make a mistake during field sobriety tests. Unfortunately, field sobriety tests are one of the very few tools police officers have to decide whether to arrest a driver for DUI on the spot. 

Many of these tests are also highly subjective or very difficult to prove with empirical evidence. There is also the potential that a police officer may be less than truthful about what he observed. If you were arrested for driving sober because you had a hard time with field sobriety tests, it would be in your best interest to find an aggressive DUI attorney. 

What Could Cause a Sober Person to Fail a Field Sobriety Test?

In general, there are three types of field sobriety tests that are most commonly used in Tennessee. The walk-and-turn test and the one-leg stand test are both meant to assess whether a person’s balance has been affected by a substance. However, there are a myriad of issues other than sobriety that can affect a person’s balance during these tests, including: 

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Knoxville criminal defense attorneyYou may have heard that crime drops significantly during the Super Bowl, and other major sporting and entertainment events. Perhaps someone even brought this oft-repeated rumor up at your Super Bowl party the other day. The idea is that everyone is busy watching the big game instead of committing crimes. There is some truth to this, according to a study at Berkeley - but it may be misleading. If you wind up charged with a crime after your Super bowl celebration, it is important to reach out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as you are able. Your charges could haunt you long after the football festivities have been forgotten about. 

How Do Crime Patterns Change on Super Bowl Sunday?

A study conducted by doctoral students at Berkeley Law’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program found that it is indeed true that crime drops during the Super Bowl by as much as 25%. However, this drop is only seen during the game itself - as in, while the event is actively being televised. The idea that fewer people are out committing crimes because they are occupied watching the game (and commercials) may hold some weight. 

However, this drop in crime during the game does not exactly mean that there is less crime overall on Super Bowl Sunday. Crimes related to drugs and prostitution tend to spike in the hours before the game. Quite a few people elect to consume illicit substances before watching the game. Another common crime just before the game involves the purchase of alcohol for or by minors, who may want to enjoy some beer during the big game. 

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Knox County truck accident Accidents involving big rigs are unlike any other type of crash. In a collision involving two smaller, personal vehicles, the drivers are sometimes able to pull their damaged vehicles off the road and then exchange information. In a collision between a big rig and a smaller vehicle, the aftermath may look very different. Often, the smaller vehicle is not driveable and the injured occupants need to be taken to the hospital. The traditional exchange of insurance information may be impossible. 

One of the more important steps you can take after an accident with a commercial truck is to contact a lawyer as quickly as possible. After this type of serious accident, you will want an attorney on your side. 

What Should I Do After a Truck Crashes into Me?

There are a few steps you can take after an accident with a big rig that may help you going forward. These steps include: 

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Knoxville personal injury attorneyWhen a careless driver causes an accident and hurts someone, the at-fault driver is generally expected to compensate the victim for their expenses related to the accident. This usually includes things like medical bills, lost wages, and even some future expenses if the victim will require continued care. These are ordinary damages. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are designed to punish those whose actions go above and beyond simple negligence. If the driver who hurt you was merely negligent—perhaps looking at their phone or driving a bit too fast—you generally will not be entitled to punitive damages. 

However, if the driver’s actions were truly egregious, you may want to speak to a qualified attorney about whether asking for punitive damages might be reasonable. 

What Kinds of Driver Behaviors Could Make Punitive Damages Appropriate?

The standard for punitive damages is much higher than the standard for damages for ordinary negligence. The at-fault driver’s actions must have been reckless or intentional, reflecting a true disregard for the safety of others. Examples of driver conduct that could potentially warrant punitive damages include: 

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3 Ways to Fight a BUI Charge in Tennessee

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Knoxville BUI defense attorneyBoating on Tennessee’s lakes and rivers can be a lot of fun. Whether you are cruising around on a speedboat or trying to catch some catfish from a small fishing boat, spending some time on the water can be very relaxing. Many boaters like to bring along a few alcoholic beverages, maybe a cooler of beer or some champagne to celebrate on a larger boat. While it is legal for adults over 21 years old to enjoy an alcoholic drink on a boat, it is not legal to operate the boat while intoxicated. 

The rules that apply to driving a car on land largely also apply to boats on the water. However, there are a few defenses available to boaters that are not available to drivers. If you have been charged with a BUI, it is important that you take the charge very seriously. It could lead to jail time. 

3 Defenses That May Help Only BUI Defendants

The laws regarding alcohol on boats are very different from the laws regarding alcohol in a vehicle on land. It is illegal to drive with an open container, but this law does not apply to boats. Defense strategies to BUI may include: 

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Knoxville DUI Defense AttorneyGetting arrested for a first-offense DUI can be a very startling experience. Especially if you have never been in trouble with the law before, you may be very confused about how to proceed from here. You probably know that you cannot ignore the charge - it must be addressed one way or another. Navigating the legal system and trying to keep your driving privileges can be a confusing process. It is best to have experienced legal counsel by your side before you begin. Calling a lawyer and talking about your case may be the last thing you feel like doing right after you leave jail, but it is extremely important that you do. Quick action is necessary to potentially avoid a license suspension. 

What Should I Do After a DUI Arrest?

Do not put off handling your case. The sooner you react and begin taking steps to address your charge, the easier this process may be. After a DUI arrest, make sure to:

  • Request a hearing - You have just ten days after your arrest to request a hearing with the DMV about your driving privileges. If you do not, your license will be suspended and you will not be able to drive at all. At this hearing, you will have the opportunity to argue that you can safely keep driving, generally with an interlock and other restrictions. 
  • Show up - If you were given a court date, it is absolutely critical that you show up for it. If you do not show up, a bench warrant will be issued for failure to appear, and you will be on your way back to jail, possibly with an additional charge. 
  • Seek treatment - If you are struggling with substance abuse issues that led to your arrest, this is a good time to consider seeking treatment. If you are sober, you are unlikely to repeat the offense. 
  • Vehicle retrieval - If your vehicle was seized and impounded at the time of your arrest you will want to make arrangements to have it returned as soon as possible. Impound lots typically charge by the day and can become quite costly.
  • Call a lawyer - One of the most important things you can do after a DUI arrest is to secure legal representation. Trying to fight a DUI on your own can be extremely difficult. An attorney who has experience with DUI cases will be better able to develop a defense strategy that could include highly technical arguments related to chemical testing. 

Also, try to remain calm. Getting charged with a DUI can be nerve-wracking, but your situation is not hopeless. 

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Knoxville Truck Accident LawyerAccidents involving semi-trucks can be particularly dangerous just due to the sheer size of these vehicles. An out-of-control big rig is quite likely to cause a crash involving multiple vehicles, especially when the accident happens at high speeds on a freeway. Sadly, people can lose their lives in these devastating accidents. Wrongful death actions in addition to personal injury accidents are all too commonplace following semi-truck crashes. 

If you have experienced a serious motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to recover damages for your own injuries or the death of an immediate family member. While it may seem difficult to move forward after such a traumatic event, it is important that you do not wait too long to contact an attorney so he can begin investigating while the evidence is fresh. 

What Causes Semi-Truck Crashes in Tennessee?

Carelessness is a common culprit, whether on the part of the driver or on the part of the trucking company. For those operating these massive vehicles, there is little room for negligent mistakes because the consequences can be horrible. Frequent causes of big rig accidents include: 

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Knox County DUI defense attorneyA majority of DUI stops are related to alcohol. Alcohol is both legal for adults over 21 years old and relatively ubiquitous, especially around the holidays. It is also relatively easy to detect during a DUI stop. Alcoholic beverages typically produce a strong odor, often accompanied by obvious signs like slurred speech and an unsteady gait. Drugs can be more difficult to detect following a DUI stop. 

Police officers typically rely on chemical or lab testing to determine whether a person is under the influence of another narcotic substance. However, drug tests are not perfect and are not always a clear indication of whether a person is currently intoxicated. If you have been charged with a drug-related DUI, an attorney can help you build a strong defense. 

What Can Cause False Positive Results on a DUI Chemical Screening?

It is not uncommon for a person who is not actively under the influence of any substance to still test positive. Even certain over-the-counter medicines can cause false-positive results for various substances. Here are a few things that could lead to a false positive drug test result:

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Knoxville personal injury lawyerFew things put a damper on your holidays quite like getting hurt in a car accident. Unfortunately, car accidents do tend to happen more frequently around major holidays for a number of reasons. Last year, this effect may have been reduced because the pandemic limited holiday travel for most Americans. This year, however, travel is expected to largely return to normal - and so is the usual spike in car crashes. If you are hurt by a negligent driver this season, it is important to call a lawyer sooner rather than later so he can begin preserving evidence quickly. 

Why Do More Crashes Happen Around the Winter Holidays?

A number of factors can contribute to car accidents during the holiday season. More people are on the roads in general, shopping and visiting loved ones while enjoying some time off from work. Some factors that can cause more motor vehicle collisions during the winter holidays include: 

  • Stress - Stressed-out and frantic drivers are more prone to making dangerous mistakes. Drivers are often rushing around trying to complete their pre-holiday checklist on time, all while juggling family responsibilities and other year-end tasks. An overwhelmed driver may not be focused on the road. 
  • Directions - A lot of people travel out-of-town for the holidays. This may mean that more people are driving around in unfamiliar cities, where they do not necessarily know which lane to be in or when to turn. A driver who is lost and confused may cause an accident trying to recover from a missed turn or because they did not anticipate a lane merge. 
  • Alcohol - Drinks can flow freely at holiday parties and family gatherings. Holiday stressors like money and family conflict may also influence people to drink more around this time. The difficulty and expense of finding a rideshare at this time can also lead people to drive when they should be finding a sober ride. 
  • Traffic - There is simply more traffic in general during the holidays, especially around major shopping centers. This increased congestion can make crashes more likely. 
  • Weather - Having a white Christmas can be lovely, but also dangerous if you have to drive through it. Ice, snow, and high winds can all lead to more accidents. 
  • Shipping - Online shopping and in-person shopping alike are at a high from the end of November through December. This leads to a lot more commercial trucks out making deliveries. Wrecks involving 18-wheelers can be particularly bad. 

No matter the cause of your holiday-season car accident, it is important that you consult a lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney may be able to help prove the cause of the crash. 

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Knox County DUI defense lawyerIf you agreed to take a breathalyzer after getting stopped for DUI and the result was over 0.08%, you may feel as if your case is a lost cause. This is not true. Breath tests are far from perfect. Anything from improper storage to improperly trained officers could affect the results of a breathalyzer, causing your BAC to appear higher than it actually was. If you failed a breath test during a DUI arrest, you will need an experienced DUI lawyer to bring any potential challenges to your breath test results. 

What Problems Could Invalidate a DUI Breath Test in Tennessee? 

Breath tests are scientific equipment and must be treated as such. They are not like a kitchen appliance one can leave sitting in a cabinet and dust off every now and again. They require routine calibration and correct operation by a trained officer. The results of your breath test could be challenged if any of these circumstances were present: 

  • Improper operation - Depending on the specific type of machine used, there is a strict set of operating procedures that must be followed. An attorney will be able to evaluate whether there could have been an error in the way the test was used. 
  • Improper operator - In Tennessee, an officer must be specially certified to administer breath tests. An uncertified officer may make an error that interferes with the results. 
  • Calibration - To accurately detect BAC, the breathalyzer must have been correctly calibrated. Police departments should keep logs showing when their device was last calibrated. 
  • Observation - There is a mandatory 20-minute observation period during which the officer must watch you and make sure you do not eat, drink, or vomit before a breath test can be given. The reason for this is that residual alcohol in your mouth can artificially increase the results of a breath test. 
  • Radio waves - Cell phones and radios can interfere with the way a breathalyzer functions. Officers must be sure to keep these devices away from breath test machines. 
  • Unapproved devices - The breath testing device used must be one of those specifically approved in the state of Tennessee for this purpose. Approved devices must meet a series of standards that unapproved devices may not. 

If the prosecution is relying on the results of your breath test to convict you, you will need an attorney who is familiar with breath testing procedure to evaluate your case and raise any possible defenses. 

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4 Ways to Fight a DUI in Anderson County

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tennessee DUI defense lawyerGetting convicted of a DUI can have serious repercussions, both legally and socially. Even a single DUI will have a permanent impact on your criminal records and could cost you opportunities in the future. Fortunately, the situation is not hopeless. There are a number of ways an attorney can help you fight a DUI in Tennessee, from challenging the stop to invalidating blood test or breath test results. If one of these defenses succeeds, you may be able to walk away with a clean record - and no jail time, license suspension, or other consequences. 

As soon as you are informed that you are being charged with a DUI, the best thing you can do is to immediately contact a licensed defense attorney who can assess your situation and determine which defenses may give you the best odds of beating your charge. 

4 DUI Defenses that Could Prevent a Conviction

Police officers must follow a strict and specific set of rules when administering DUI testing. When a procedure was not followed correctly, the evidence collected may not be admissible. Texas attorneys may argue that your DUI should be dismissed due to: 

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Knoxville drunk driving accident lawyerGetting into a car accident can be a very scary experience, especially if you are hurt. It is not likely to make you feel any better if you step out of your wrecked vehicle and discover that the other driver is intoxicated. Drunk drivers are almost always responsible for the accidents they are involved in, and may be both criminally and civilly liable. Seeking emergency medical care as needed is always the first priority after a motor vehicle accident. 

However, if you are able, there are steps you can take right after the accident that can help when it comes time to seek compensation. Calling an attorney as soon as possible may also help you with preserving evidence and start you on the right path to recovering damages. 

Steps You Can Take After a Drunk Driving Wreck

After any motor vehicle crash, getting to safety is the most important thing. If anyone is seriously hurt, call an ambulance first. Always move accident vehicles off the roadway if possible and get yourself to a safe and well-lit area. There may be additional safety concerns after a crash with a drunk driver. Intoxicated people are prone to acting belligerent and even becoming violent, especially during a high-stress situation. Typical advice, like getting the other driver’s insurance information, may be impossible. When you can safely do so, follow these steps: 

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