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Multi-Vehicle Crash in East Austin Results in Two Injuries

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Just before 4 p.m. on November 20th, there was a collision on Manor Road close to Susquehanna Lane in Austin.

Austin Police and the Austin Fire Department responded to the scene of a three-vehicle crash that resulted in two people needing treatment. One adult with minor injuries was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center while the other person refused transportation.

The crash resulted in a temporary closure of the southbound lane of Manor Road.

What To Do if You’ve Been in a Multi-Vehicle Crash

A single-car accident is bad enough, but multi-vehicle crashes bring new dangers. If your car can still move, try to drive to the shoulder if it’s safe. If your vehicle is stuck or too damaged to work, here’s what to do:

1. Stay in the Vehicle

If you’ve been in a multi-vehicle accident, it’s safest to stay in your car. There may be more cars that will add to the crash and you will be hurt far worse if you are hit while out of your vehicle. The only exception is if your vehicle is on fire or some other immediate danger.

2. Avoid Moving if You Can

The shock of an accident can cover up injuries. Spinal injuries are very common after a crash, so try to keep your head still. If you are a bystander, don’t try to move someone unless there is an immediate risk, like a vehicle fire. 

3. Call For Help

911 should be the first call made after an accident. Even if there are no injuries, a police report can still help with all the legal issues later on. Your Austin truck accident lawyer will want to see a police report as part of the evidence in your case.

4. Get Medical Treatment

Even if you aren’t in pain, it’s still important to be examined after a crash. Some injuries will only show symptoms in the days or weeks that follow an accident. 

Documentation of your injuries will help if you choose to bring up a claim. Most insurance companies will also want any medical records you have obtained, so make sure to secure these whenever you attend an appointment. Additionally, always make sure to have an extra copy for your own records. 

5. Contact an Austin Car Accident Attorney

A crash can leave you facing financial struggles, so having a car accident lawyer in your corner will give you the best chance to obtain justice and compensation.

Ramos James Law, PLLC, Is Here for You

After an accident, you are likely to see your bills piling up as you try to remedy the situation. An experienced attorney can help you get the results you need to get your life back on track.  

The Austin car accident lawyers at Ramos James Law, PLLC, have years of experience helping victims receive the help they deserve. We offer FREE consultations, so you can know what to expect from your case without having to pay a penny. 

Contact us today and get the help you need.

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Source: CBS Austin


Three-Vehicle Crash in NE Austin Results in Two Injuries

Posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at 7:45 pm    

Two people sustained injuries after a three-vehicle collision in Northeast Austin on September 28th. The accident occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. just north of the intersection of Dassau Road and East Braker Lane.

Seven people were involved in the crash, but only two adults needed transportation to the hospital according to Austin-Travis County EMS. One had potentially serious injuries and was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. The other adult had non-life-threatening injuries, but it was not reported where this person was taken to.

According to the ATCEMS Twitter account, one person was entrapped and a second ambulance was called to the scene.

Understanding Road Safety

Driving safely every time you are on the road can help protect you from the risk of being in a multi-vehicle accident. While these types of crashes are dangerous, you can stay safer with some helpful tips:

  • avoid aggressive driving – 66% of fatalities occur due to aggressive driving
  • keep your distance and maintain at least four car lengths between you and large trucks
  • keep your movements smooth; sudden lane changes or quick turns can cause a crash
  • don’t drive intoxicated, tired, or distracted
  • stick to the posted speed
  • slow down in bad weather, congestion, and construction zones
  • move over if you see an emergency vehicle or drop down 20 m.p.h. below the posted limit if you can’t safely move over
  • use your signals for every turn and lane change
  • always stop at stop signs and red lights
  • look both ways before you enter any intersection

Trust Ramos James Law, PLLC, if You Have Been Injured in a Collision

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or if a loved one was killed in an Austin crash, you need help. Ramos James Law, PLLC, has experience in fighting to get you the compensation your case deserves. Whether it was a commercial vehicle, a drunk driver, or a pedestrian collision, we are here for you. We offer FREE consultations so you can learn what to expect with your case.

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Source: CBS Austin


Two-Vehicle Rollover Crash Results in 1 Airlifted, 2 Taken to Hospital

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 2:33 am    

At around 8:36 a.m. on September 14th, a two-vehicle collision resulted in multiple injuries that required hospitalization. The accident occurred across the street from Texas Service Road 30, at the 11414-11419 block of Maha Loop Road.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the scene to find one person unconscious and pinned in their vehicle. This person was freed and airlifted to Dell Seton by Travis County’s Starflight.

A second patient with potentially serious injuries was taken to St. David’s South while the third patient was taken to Seton Hays County with minor injuries.

There were traffic delays on the north frontage road until the scene was cleared. 

Rollover Crash Prevention Tips

Rollover crashes are some of the scariest types of crashes you may experience. The forces involved can deform the vehicle and leave you trapped until help arrives. While modern cars have better passenger compartments to protect you, a rollover can still cause serious injuries.

For instance, even with a seatbelt, you will experience a great deal of impact and force on your body. On the other hand, failure to wear your seat belt can result in you being thrown around or even ejected from the vehicle. 

Many rollover crashes have contributing factors that make a rollover more likely. For instance, a top-heavy vehicle is more likely to roll. Poor maintenance can also contribute to a serious accident. 

If you want to stay safer, there are some basic tips you can follow. Some tips include picking a safe vehicle, knowing how your vehicle reacts on the road, and learning how to react in the case of a rollover. Make this list part of your daily habits to stay safer.

  • Never drive distracted or drunk. Distracted or intoxicated driving will make your reaction time much slower. Stay awake, sober, and focused on the road every time you are behind the wheel.
  • Drive carefully around turns. Taking a turn or off-ramp quickly can make your vehicle tip over. Take turns smoothly and reduce your speed.
  • Don’t speed. Speeding makes your vehicle less stable and makes any crash more severe. You are more likely to tip over at higher speeds.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts help keep you remain in your seat during a crash. If you have a rollover without wearing a seatbelt, you are more likely to have serious injuries or even die.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle. If you overload your vehicle, it is more likely to tip over. 
  • Keep your tires in good condition. Your tires need to have enough tread and pressure or you are more likely to lose control of your vehicle. Always have your tires inflated properly and maintained.
  • Stay calm and don’t overcorrect. When attempting to avoid an accident, individuals will often jerk their steering wheel to try and avoid the other vehicle. However, this can cause your car to become unstable. Stay calm and try to keep control of your vehicle.

If you have been the victim of a vehicle rollover crash, you may need help to get your life back to normal. Ramos James Law, PLLC, is here for you. Our Austin lawyer has over a decade of experience and will give you the support you need in a difficult time. We offer FREE consultations, so do not hesitate to give us a call or contact us online.

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Source: CBS Austin


One Dead After Collision With a Traffic Light

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 at 10:21 pm    

A deadly collision with a traffic light occurred on Sunday, August 28, at around 10:20 pm. 

The accident took place in North Austin at North Lamar Boulevard and West Yeager Lane.

One adult was trapped in the vehicle before the arrival of paramedics, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The individual was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

The currently unidentified man died in the hospital as per the Austin Police. As of August 30, nothing else has been revealed about the identity of the victim. 

This single-vehicle collision is the latest traffic death this year. This crash puts the total number of victims at 70 from a total of 69 crashes. 

Understanding Fatal Single-Vehicle Collisions

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were a total of 3,520 total fatal crashes with 3,874 deaths in Texas in 2020. With Texas’ population at 29,217,653, this means that there were 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

That same year, there were 2,017 single-vehicle collisions. That means that 52% of all traffic fatalities in 2020 involved just one vehicle. Something to note is that collisions that involve pedestrians or bicyclists are counted as single-vehicle collisions. 

The most deadly types of single-vehicle collisions involve pedestrians and hitting solid objects, like trees. This contributes to the high fatality and injury rate. 

The biggest factors that contribute to single-vehicle collisions are drowsiness, driving under the influence, and inattention. 

Inattention is any time the driver takes their eyes off the road. Cell phone use, grabbing things from the floor or back of the vehicle, or other distractions are frequently cited examples of inattentive driving.

Common safety procedures to best protect yourself and others on the road include:  

  • Never drive intoxicated. 
  • Avoid driving while tired. If you are nodding off, pull over somewhere safe to rest.
  • Always keep your eyes on the road. 
  • Don’t focus on crashes or things on the side of the road. Most people will tend to guide your car toward where they are looking. 
  • Don’t reach for things in the back of the car. If you have children, make sure what they need is within their reach. If you need to attend to the children, pull over. 

If you have been the victim of an auto accident, you may need legal help. Ramos James Law, PLLC, is here for you. We have experience with auto accident cases and we can help you obtain the justice you deserve.

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Source: KXAN Austin


Learn All About how Workers’ Compensation is Determined

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Injuries and illnesses related to the workplace happen every day. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an injury, damages may be covered under workers’ compensation. 

Unfortunately, unlike other states, Texas does not require employers to have workers’ compensation insurance, which can make it challenging to obtain any financial support when needed. 

Your Austin work injury attorney at Ramos James Law, PLLC, will cover the various types of workers’ compensation and benefits that may be available to you should you face a workplace accident. 

Types of Benefits

There are four types of benefits available under Texas law: 

1. Temporary Income Benefits (TIB)

Temporary income benefits allow you to collect part of your wages while you recover. This is calculated at 70% of the difference between your average weekly wages and what you can currently earn after the injury. You will get 75% of the difference if you earn less than $10 an hour. 

For instance, if you earned $600 a week and now you earn nothing, you will receive $420 a week in TIB. This starts after a week of missed work. This lasts until you can return to your job, a doctor declares that you have improved as much as you can, or 104 weeks have passed.

2. Impairment Income Benefits (IIB)

A doctor will provide an examination to determine if your work injury has left you with a permanent loss of function or limitation — this is called an impairment. This will be rated at a level from 1% to 99% and you will receive three (3) weeks of benefits for each percentage point.

IIB will provide 70% of your average weekly wages before your injury, and if you have a minimum of 20% impairment, you will receive benefits for 60 weeks.

3. Supplemental Income Benefits (SIB)

You may be able to receive SIBs after your IIBs run out. However, it should be noted that this has some requirements to qualify:

  • you have over 15% permanent impairment from your injury 
  • you cannot return to work or earn 80% of your previous wages 
  • you must not have opted for a lump sum
  • you are required to be looking for work or are in vocational training
  • you must also reapply every three months with documentation to prove eligibility

If you qualify, you can receive these benefits for up to 401 weeks. You will also receive 80% of the difference between your previous weekly wages and what you can currently earn.

4. Lifetime Income Benefits (LIB)

Lifetime income benefits apply if you have a total disability but only certain injuries count. The qualifications are as follows:  

  • you must either have your hands or feet amputated or have total loss of their use
  • you have a spinal injury that causes permanent paralysis in at least one of your arms or legs
  • complete blindness in both eyes
  • you suffered a traumatic brain injury with severe and incurable mental impairment
  • you have third-degree burns that cover over 40% of the body and need a skin graft; it can be less if it covers most of both hands or one hand and your face

If you are able to secure benefits, all of your medical expenses will be covered with no out-of-pocket expense to you. This includes medical travel expenses and vocational rehabilitation if you can’t return to your job. 

Workers’ compensation in Texas also covers death from a work-related injury or illness. This is paid to the survivors for a period of time that depends on the relationship between the survivor and the deceased. This includes 75% of the worker’s wages prior to an injury with the same maximum as a temporary income benefit. 

Up to $10,000 will be provided for burial expenses. 

Limitations of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation insurance only requires part of your lost wages to be paid out. The trade-off is that you don’t need to prove liability or wait on your compensation. 

However, if your employer does NOT provide workers’ compensation and has their own funding, you may need the support of a workplace injury lawyer in Austin to help fight for your rights. In cases of gross negligence or purposeful harm by the employer, suing can result in a higher payout.

If you have or a loved one suffered a workplace injury, you have the right to an attorney. Ramos James Law, PLLC, has experience in workplace injuries and personal injury lawsuits. We can guide you through the process. You don’t have to go at it alone!

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Driver Arrested After Fatal Rollover Crash

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 12:00 am    

One person was killed and two were injured in a rollover crash in Southeast Austin. The driver was arrested at the scene.

One Vehicle Upside Down and People Trapped in the Second Car

The crash occurred on Tuesday at 11:54 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022. It was located at the 5000 block of FM 973 at the intersection of Elroy Road. 

EMS arrived on the scene and rescued a victim from the upside-down vehicle. They performed life-saving measures on the scene.

Two other people were found trapped in their vehicle. One person from this vehicle was declared deceased on the scene. 

The two other adults were transported to St. James South Austin. One was in serious condition with severe injuries. The other was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Police officers at the scene arrested a driver. The charges were intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.

How to Avoid Intoxicated Drivers

Driving under the influence is sadly common. You can’t change what other people do, but you can take measures to keep yourself safer. Defensive driving is simple to enact but it can save your life. You can always take a refresher course if you want to drive more safely. 

When you are behind the wheel, stay aware. Check your mirrors and the road ahead of you regularly. If you notice a driver swerving or drifting between lanes you need to take evasive actions. Try to avoid the lane they are in and slow down so they pass you. 

Once you are out of the range of the driver, be sure to call 911 and report the incident. Have a passenger call or you can pull over safely to do so yourself. Intoxicated drivers are a major risk to everyone on the road. Be sure to call it in.

 

If you have been the victim of an intoxicated driver, you need legal representation. Ramos James Law, PLLC has experience in drunk driving cases. Call today and get you the results you deserve.

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Source: CBS Austin


Austin Work Injury Lawyer Shares the Leading Causes of Workplace Accidents

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Workplace injuries can happen quickly and range from minor to life-altering, resulting in the loss of income or even the loss of your job. 

The workplace injury lawyers in Austin at Ramos James Law, PLLC,  have seen it all and are here to teach you about the causes of these accidents and how to avoid them.

The Leading Causes of Workplace Accidents

The vast majority of workplace accidents are avoidable when safety regulations are properly followed. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and incidents occur that can lead to serious injuries: 

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Unstable footing is one of the leading causes of accidents and can happen because of improper flooring, inattention, or neglect. If a wet floor isn’t marked, it can lead to a slip and fall accident. In many workplaces, this can lead straight to the emergency room.

All workers need appropriate shoes and safety gear to help prevent these types of injuries. Uneven flooring will need to be fixed and spills cleaned up immediately.

Overexertion

Overexertion is another major cause of workplace injuries and can be the result of long shifts. Overexertion can also occur due to heavy lifting without appropriate equipment.    

Weather can also be a cause of exertion when individuals are working in extremely hot or cold weather. High temperatures can cause heat exhaustion while hypothermia can occur during the winter.

Bodily Reactions

Bodily reactions can include allergies or exposure to industrial chemicals. Some materials used in the workplace are dangerous without proper safety equipment, including heavy acids or industrial cleaners that can cause damage within a short time on exposed skin. Additionally, liquids that are being moved have a risk of splashing if the container is not sealed.

Alongside chemicals, many industrial processes include dangerous fumes or airborne particles. Any materials or chemicals that produce fumes will need the proper equipment.

Contact With Objects and Equipment

Contact with objects and equipment can range from minor accidents to life-altering incidents. Equipment failure, safety equipment that isn’t maintained, and improper safety precautions can have devastating effects on individuals.

How To Prevent Injuries According to a Workplace Injury Attorney

The workplace can be a dangerous place between heavy equipment and hazardous materials. The best way to keep safe is to follow simple precautions that include:

  • Wear proper safety equipment and clothing: All safety equipment should be appropriate for the work needed. Any damaged equipment should be replaced immediately. Using non-slip shoes and steel toes help keep feet safe. Additionally, never wear loose clothing when around machinery.
  • Use safety mechanisms: Heavy equipment and machines include emergency off switches or other mechanisms to prevent injuries. Using these in emergencies is essential to keep workers safe.
  • Use proper lifting equipment: Lifting heavy weights can cause injuries so it’s essential to follow proper lifting techniques and to use the right equipment for heavier loads. Always follow that recommendation.
  • Stay alert: When you’re tired, your reaction time goes down. You may not notice a dangerous situation until it is too late. Make sure to get plenty of rest in your downtime. 
  • Pay attention to the weather: When working in turbulent weather, wear appropriate clothing. Additionally, stay hydrated and take breaks in the heat, while in cold weather, make sure your clothing stays dry and avoid working up a sweat. Wet fabric will sap your body heat.

Being aware of risks is the first step to avoiding a workplace injury. Keep these in mind and teach others as well.

If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace-related injury, there is help. Contact your Austin work injury lawyer at Ramos James Law, PLLC, to learn about the next steps.

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Two Pedestrians Deceased After Being Hit on the Roadway

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 at 7:34 pm    

On December 26, 2021, two pedestrians were fatally struck on State Highway 123 in San Marcos, TX. 

More on the Fatal Accident

Two pedestrians were standing next to their vehicle on the outside lane of the highway when they were struck and killed. The victims were said to be standing on the side close to the roadway. 

The driver of the vehicle notified authorities and both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene. 

This is an ongoing investigation. 

When Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way?

Pedestrians crossing at an intersection should follow traffic signs like drivers do. If the traffic sign is flashing red, or indicating not to cross, the pedestrian does not have the right of way and should allow traffic to pass. 

If crosswalks and traffic lights at intersections are available, it is illegal for pedestrians to cross over on other parts of the street. They are only allowed to cross diagonally at an intersection if signaled by a traffic device. If there aren’t any crossways available, the pedestrian must give oncoming traffic the right of way. 

If there is a sidewalk or walking path available, it is illegal to walk on the road. The only exception to this is if there is no sidewalk available, you must walk on the left side of the road to watch out for oncoming traffic. 

Walking on the highway is illegal in the State of Texas. However, if someone must walk on the highway – e.g. their car stalls while traveling down a highway – the pedestrian should walk on the left shoulder of the highway or on the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic, making drivers aware of a pedestrian present on the highway.

Keep in mind that this is very dangerous, putting both pedestrians and drivers at risk. If you can, always exit the highway first and park your vehicle in a well-lit area to call for help.

Austin Car Accident Attorneys are Ready to Assist You in Seeking Justice

Being involved in a car accident can take a toll on your physical and mental health. The Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, can help you get any compensation you need and deserve to help you recover. 

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, contact your car accident attorney at Ramos James Law, PLLC. 

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Source: San Marcos Record


One Person Deceased After Colliding With a Deer

Posted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 at 10:53 pm    

On December 23, 2021, at 2:40 a.m., a driver died after striking a deer then crashing into a tree near McCallister Park in San Antonio, TX.

Details About the Accident

According to authorities, the driver was heading down Jones Maltsberger Rd. when a deer crossed her path. The driver struck the deer and then collided into a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the driver wasn’t wearing her seatbelt.

The accident caused the road to close in both directions for several hours. 

Animal Crossings and Personal Injury

To be frank, wild life cannot be held liable for car accidents as they lack the insurance to make a claim against. However, there are certain options you can take if your car accident happened because of an animal.

If what caused your car accident was a wild animal like a deer, coyote, etc., you may want to check with your insurance company. They may be able to help you with medical expenses, loss of income, or repairs to your vehicle.

If livestock (e.g. horses, cattle, sheep, etc.) were in the middle of the road and caused a car accident, the owner could be held liable. Livestock owners have a responsibility to keep their livestock enclosed, and if their livestock breaks away, it could be considered negligence.

If another driver was driving negligently or violating a traffic rule, causing the deer to run into your lane, that driver could also be held liable for damages you incurred. In either of these last two cases, you should contact an Austin personal injury attorney right away.

Austin Car Accident Attorneys Care for Your Safety

The Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC care about your safety on the road. We know that the aftermath of an accident is difficult to process, but know that we are here for you. 

If you have suffered injuries because of a car accident, contact Ramos James Law, PLLC today.

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Source: CBS Austin


Stay Safe on Your Travels This Holiday Season

Posted on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 2:19 am    

When people think of Texas, people think of tumbleweeds, dirt roads, and a bright sun that provides us with a warm climate year round. Texans know first hand, though, how harsh the winters in this “western movie” state can actually be. 

Last year was a true testament to how jarring a Texas winter can be, both at home and on the road. Be prepared this holiday season with these tips on how to stay safe while traveling. 

Holiday Traveling Tips Straight From an Austin Car Accident Lawyer

The following tips are suggestions on how to be safe and unstressed during “the most wonderful time of the year,” as one deserves to. 

1. Plan a Trip to a Less Popular Location

Easier said than done, we know, but choosing a less trendy, more relaxed vacation spot this holiday season can be well worth it in terms of safety. Busier vacation getaways are full with people who thought of visiting the same area, and with more traffic on the road, the more chances of getting into a car accident, especially if you are traveling to a state or country that snows. 

2. Travel During Slower Days

Days closer to the holidays are obviously going to be a busier time on the road and at your destination. We suggest that you travel once the holiday is over or on the same day of the holiday before people are nearing their journey’s end. 

3. Plan an Alternate Route

Traffic can really kill the holiday spirit when travelling. Let’s not forget the dangers of traveling where there are icy roads. Having a backup route on deck helps you avoid traffic jams, busy areas, and auto accident injuries. Instead, enjoy the nice, long scenic route safely with your family this holiday season. 

4. Make Sure Phones and Devices are Charged

Before hitting the road this holiday season, be sure everyone’s cell phone and/or devices are fully charged. You never know when there might be an emergency or if you need a travel application for more information. 

5. Pack Lightly

It would be a smart idea to have gifts shipped to your destination if you are traveling for Christmas instead of overloading your vehicle. Carrying excessive weight in your vehicle can cause problems with the brakes, suspension, and exhaust systems. This would only give you more things to worry about besides traffic and icy roads. 

6. Pack Your Favorite Snacks

Snacks are one of the best parts of road tripping, but if you’re traveling during the holidays, it is essential. You never know if traffic jams will allow you to get to a restaurant when you’re hungry, so having these snacks on hand can prevent you from getting “hangry” which can cause you to drive recklessly (or cause road rage). 

7. Stay Calm

Traffic can be extremely frustrating, especially during the holidays. Try your hardest not to let it get to you and cause road rage. Road rage can lead to impetuous actions that may cause devastating consequences. 

8. If You Get Into a Car Accident Near Austin, Contact a Car and Truck Accident Attorney

Our car accident lawyers at Ramos James Law, PLLC hope you and your loved ones travel safely to celebrate a successful and prosperous holiday season. However, if you find yourself involved in a car or truck accident this holiday season, we can help guide you through getting any injury compensation you deserve. 

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