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  • 11 Jul 2024

    Can you be found at fault if someone hits you in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you are hit by another driver, you expect them to be held responsible for any damages they may have caused. But under Florida’s modified comparative negligence rule, that’s not always the case. If someone hits you in Florida, you might naturally assume that the other driver is automatically at fault. However, determining fault in
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  • 01 Jul 2024

    5 new Florida laws that go into effect July 1, 2024

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    On July 1, 2024, more than 150 new Florida laws will go into effect. Here are the new bills that will directly impact Florida drivers. Each year, the Florida Legislature convenes to propose, debate, and pass new bills and laws that address various aspects of life in the state. This legislative process involves both the
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  • 18 Jun 2024

    How to lower auto insurance rates in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Across Florida, auto insurance rates are skyrocketing. Find out how to lower auto insurance rates in Florida without compromising protection, as well as what to do if you’re involved in a car accident and insurance is refusing or reducing your payout. If you are seeing an increase in your auto insurance rates, know that you
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  • 03 Jun 2024

    Scooting Hazards: Deadly scooter accidents in Central Florida are spiking major concern

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    A string of deadly scooter accidents in Central Florida is sparking major concern for residents and policymakers. Last year, the number of scooter accidents in Tampa increased by 13%, with a total of 229 incidents reported. In 2024, that number is expected to rise. E-scooters have become increasingly popular in Tampa. We’ve all seen them
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  • 24 May 2024

    Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Welcome to the kickoff of summer! Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of sunny days, barbecues, and beach trips. While it’s a fun holiday weekend and a time to relax, gather with friends and family, and honor the service men and women who have given their all to defend our country, Memorial Day weekend
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  • 24 Apr 2024

    3 Unusual Causes of Car Accidents in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    While many causes of car accidents in Florida are attributed to common factors like speeding, distracted driving, or drunk driving, there are some lesser-known causes lurking on the state’s roads. In this blog post, we share three unusual—but relatively common—causes of car accidents in Florida that may not be on your radar. – 3 causes
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  • 11 Apr 2024

    Understanding Hit-and-Run Accidents in Florida: Who’s Responsible?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Last year, Florida recorded 104,273 hit-and-run accidents and 271 fatalities. Of the total hit-and-run fatalities in 2023, 159 were pedestrians and 47 were bicyclists. Hit-and-run accidents happen every day in Florida and can be devastating. As Tampa injury attorneys, we get calls all the time about people who are involved in hit-and-run accidents and don’t
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  • 03 Apr 2024

    5 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Nobody expects to be in a car accident. However, accidents do happen. In 2023, there were 391,428 car accidents in Florida—that’s more than 1,100 car accidents per day in our state! As Tampa injury attorneys with over 25 years of experience, we have seen firsthand the common mistakes people make in the aftermath of a
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  • 22 Feb 2024

    Study shows Tampa drivers among worst in the nation

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Tampa is known for its sunny beaches, world-class attractions and sports teams, and vibrant culture; but the city also holds a less desirable reputation: it’s one of the worst cities for car accidents in the United States. A new study by Forbes Advisor found that Tampa drivers 10th in the United States for having “bad driving and
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  • 09 Feb 2024

    The Truth of Tesla Accidents: Why these smart cars have the highest accident rate in the nation

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    In recent years, Tesla has been at the forefront of innovation in the automotive industry, with its cutting-edge electric vehicles (EVs) captivating the market and reshaping perceptions about sustainable transportation. However, amidst the accolades and admiration, Tesla vehicles have also attracted significant attention due to their involvement in various accidents. In 2023, a study conducted
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  • 16 Jan 2024

    Meet Cory Kowalczyk, Winner of the 2023 Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

      Darrigo & Diaz Attorneys at Law is pleased to introduce Cory Kowalczyk as the 2023 Winner of our Annual Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families. Since 1999, the personal injury attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Tampa community members; those who fall victim to serious injuries
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  • 09 Jan 2024

    When to consult an injury attorney after an accident in Central Florida

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    One of the biggest mistakes people make after an accident in Central Florida is not contacting an experienced injury attorney right away. Many car and truck accident victims who hire personal injury attorneys regularly receive settlements with more compensation than those who do not have legal representation. This holds true even when you take the
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  • 29 Dec 2023

    7 tips for a safe and fun New Year’s Eve

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    As we prepare to ring in the new year, it’s important to prioritize safety—especially if you are driving on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, New Year drunk driving deaths exceed those of any other day of the year. On average, drunk driving-related deaths spike 117%
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  • 20 Dec 2023

    Slip and Fall Accidents in Retail Stores: Legal Rights for Shoppers

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    With just a few days left to get your shopping done, many of us will be going to malls, shops, and stores to finish the last of our gift-getting. However, with an increase in traffic, overcrowded aisles, and lots of extra merchandise, slip and fall accidents tend to happen more often during the holiday season
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  • 05 Dec 2023

    10 holiday travel safety tips

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The holiday season is here! And for many of us, this means long road trips to visit family and friends. According to the Deloitte Holiday Travel Survey, 42 percent of Americans plan to travel between Thanksgiving and mid-January, taking an average of two trips. Whether you’re planning a winter getaway or heading home for festivities, a smooth
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  • 08 Nov 2023

    Why bicycle accidents in Tampa are increasing at an alarming rate

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Recent headlines are showing an alarming trend across Tampa Bay. Over the past three years, bicycle accidents in Tampa have nearly doubled. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle crashes in Tampa have increased by an average of 12 percent annually each year. Even more alarming, of all the
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  • 26 Oct 2023

    Halloween safety reminders for you and your children

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Throughout Tampa Bay, families are gearing up for a spooktacular Halloween weekend and night. However, amidst the fun and festivities, it’s essential to prioritize safety. Whether you’re a parent accompanying your children, a teenager going out with friends, or someone hosting a Halloween party, this blog will provide you with valuable tips to ensure a
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  • 06 Oct 2023

    Kia and Hyundai issue recall for over 3 million vehicles due to fire hazards

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took decisive action on September 27, 2023, by issuing a recall for more than 3.4 million vehicles. Kia and Hyundai issue recall: Among these, over 1.7 million are Kia vehicles, and approximately 1.6 million are Hyundai vehicles, all facing a concerning fire hazard. Owners of these recalled vehicles
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  • 28 Sep 2023

    How to pay your medical bills after a car accident in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you are injured in a car accident in Tampa, you are probably concerned about who will pay for your medical bills. Even minor car accidents can result in expensive medical costs, which is why some people deny medical care after being injured in a car accident. But the good news is that in Florida,
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  • 20 Sep 2023

    The Top 7 Causes of Trucking Accidents in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Between 2,500 and 3,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the Tampa Bay area. Trucking accidents in Tampa are among the most devastating and dangerous incidents on our roadways. The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks make them capable of causing catastrophic damage, injury, and loss of life. To prevent these tragic accidents, it’s
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  • 13 Sep 2023

    Can you be compensated for lost wages after a car accident in Tampa?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you were injured in a car accident in Tampa and are unable to work for several days, weeks, or even months, you are probably wondering whether or not you can be compensated for lost wages. Under Florida law, car accident victims are entitled to receive compensation from lost wages. However, certain circumstances apply. In
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  • 07 Sep 2023

    Beware of these 5 delayed injury symptoms after a car accident

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Just because you feel okay after a car accident doesn’t always mean you are in the clear. Many injuries do not become known for days—or even weeks—after a car accident. In this blog, we share the five most common delayed injury symptoms, what to look for, and what to do next. – 1. Whiplash One
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  • 24 Aug 2023

    Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after a Tampa car accident?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    As Tampa car accident attorneys, we get asked this question a lot: “Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after a car accident?” While all cases are different, we strongly advise anyone who has been injured in a Tampa car accident to not speak with the other driver’s insurance company without first consulting
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  • 08 Aug 2023

    Back to School Safety Checklist for Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    August is Back to School Safety Month. Here are transportation safety tipes for Back to School Tampa. With the new school year fast approaching in Hillsborough County, now is the perfect time to review safety tips with your children. For many, getting to and from school involves some form of transportation, whether it’s a school
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  • 20 Jul 2023

    Statute of Limitations: Time limits for filing car accident insurance claims in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    One of the biggest mistakes you can make after being involved in a car accident in Tampa is waiting too long to file an insurance claim. If too much time passes, you will not be able to recover compensation for your damages or medical expenses. In this blog, we inform you on the statute of
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  • 05 Jul 2023

    6 new Florida traffic laws that go into effect July 1, 2023

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    More than 200 new Florida law will take effect July 1, 2023. Here are 6 new Florida traffic laws that all Tampa Bay residents need to know about. – On July 1, 2023, more than 200 new laws went into effect in Florida. While the majority of this legislation will not impact the day-to-day lives
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  • 28 Jun 2023

    How to prove fault after a Tampa car accident

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you are involved in a Tampa car accident, one of your biggest concerns may be who will be held accountable. Proving fault in a car accident in Tampa is very important for determining who will pay for your damages and medical expenses. However, proving fault is not always easy. In this blog, we explain
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  • 23 Jun 2023

    Tampa’s traffic crash crisis: Why are roadway fatalities increasing in Hillsborough County?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Last week, there were eight deadly car accidents over a seven-day stretch in Hillsborough County. While the numbers seem alarming, this is an average week on Tampa Bay roads. What can we do about Tampa’s traffic crash crisis? Tampa Bay is experiencing a growing public health crisis. As cars and roadways become safer, traffic fatalities
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  • 15 Jun 2023

    Drowning is the leading causes of death in young children in Hillsborough County. Here’s how to prevent it.

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds for a 30-pound child to drown? In Hillsborough County, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Child drownings happen quickly and quietly. And, two-thirds of all child drownings occur between May and August. With
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  • 01 Jun 2023

    How to determine negligence after a car accident in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The aftermath of a car accident can be distressing. Not only are you dealing with physical injuries and damage, you’re also worried about finances. Medical care and car repairs are expensive. Plus, you may be losing income because you are unable to work. This is why determining negligence after a car accident in Tampa is
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  • 23 May 2023

    Attorney Ron Darrigo inducted into 2023 Hillsborough High School Alumni Hall of Fame

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    We are excited to announce that Attorney Ron Darrigo was inducted into the 2023 Hillsborough High School Alumni Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on May 18, 2023, at the Hillsborough High School auditorium, where family, friends, and firm members gathered to honor and celebrate Ron’s recognition. – About the Hillsborough High School Alumni
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  • 17 May 2023

    What is gap insurance and why do you need it?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you are buying a new car, don’t drive off the lot without purchasing a special type of car insurance. In this blog, we explain what gap insurance is and why every new car owner in Tampa should add it to your policy. What is gap insurance? Gap insurance, also known as guaranteed asset protection
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  • 11 May 2023

    5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    – Keeping your children and teens safe is hard enough in the physical world, let alone the cyberworld of social media. But you don’t have to stand by and hope for the best—you can take action to help keep them safe online. Here are five social media safety tips for kids and parents. Social media
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  • 25 Apr 2023

    What is House Bill 837 and how will it affect Tampa Bay residents?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 837 into law, introducing sweeping reform to Florida legislature. Here, we explain how the new law affects Tampa Bay residents. On March 24, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping tort reform law known as House Bill 837. The new bill became effectively immediately and introduces major changes to
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  • 22 Mar 2023

    If an uninsured driver hits you in Tampa, can you still get compensation?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If a driver without insurance hits you in Tampa, you may have to pay out of pocket for car repairs and medical bills—unless you have this insurance coverage. Car accidents happen everyday in Tampa. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that about 20% of these accidents involve uninsured drives. A recent study
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  • 12 Mar 2023

    Who is at fault in a rear-end accident in Tampa?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you rear-end someone in Tampa, it’s not always your fault. Find out how an experienced accident attorney can help your case. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accident in Tampa. In fact, rear-end accidents in Tampa occur on a daily basis. While it may seem obvious who is at
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  • 08 Feb 2023

    Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Nadine Diaz Receives Top 10 Attorney Award

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) recognizes Attorney Nadine Diaz as one of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in Florida We are excited to announce that Attorney Nadine Diaz is a member of the 2023 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA)’s list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in Florida.
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  • 03 Feb 2023

    3 Things to NEVER Do After a Car Accident in Tampa Bay

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    – The actions you take after a car accident in Tampa are important. Don’t risk your chance for compensation by making these 3 mistakes Car accidents in Tampa happen every day. While being involved or injured in a car accident can be traumatizing, the steps you take post-collision can significantly impact your right for full
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  • 05 Jan 2023

    Meet Rebecca Foley, Winner of the 2022 Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Darrigo & Diaz Attorneys at Law is pleased to introduce Rebecca Foley as the 2022 Winner of our Annual Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families. Since 1999, the personal injury attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Tampa community members; those who fall victim to serious injuries in
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  • 22 Nov 2022

    Parents Beware: Dangerous, recalled toys are still on sale

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    – Share this list of recalled toys with family and friends to help keep your children safe Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the “Trouble in Toyland” research group has released its report on the most dangerous recalled toys of the year. The scariest part? Many of these toys are still available to
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  • 12 Oct 2022

    How to add emergency medical information to your phone’s lock screen

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    _ What would happen if you suffer a fall, are in an auto accident, or experience a medical emergency that leaves you unable to communicate with first responders? Your phone could be your lifeline. Most smartphones have a feature that enable first responders to access your critical medical information even if your phone is locked.
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  • 18 Aug 2022

    3 Lightning Safety Tips Most Tampa Bay Residents Don’t Know

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Tampa is the lightning capitol of the world. Learning these three lesser-known tips could help keep you safe as summer storms roll-in. The Tampa Bay peninsula receives more lightning strikes than anywhere in the United States, which has earned Tampa the reputation of “The Lightning Capital of the World.” In fact, the word Tampa is
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  • 13 Jul 2022

    Walking Disaster: 5 Shocking Statistics About Pedestrian Accidents in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Why Tampa leads the nation for deaths and injuries due to pedestrian accidents The number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking in Tampa has increased by an astonishing 45 percent over the last decade. In fact, the past 4 years have been the deadliest years for pedestrians in over 3 decades. And
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  • 09 Jun 2022

    Millions of air fryers and pressure cookers are being recalled for burn and fire hazards

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    – Popular brands of air fryers and pressure cookers are overheating and malfunctioning, leading to serious burns, fires, and explosions They are the latest obsession in the culinary industry—air fryers and pressure cookers. Small countertop appliances that make food prep easier and faster, air fryers and pressure cookers are wildly popular. In just the last
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  • 27 May 2022

    4 tips to save money on auto and homeowners insurance as inflation skyrockets in Tampa Bay

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    – Tampa Bay is currently experiencing the highest rate of inflation in the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area was 10.2% in March 2022, compared to a national rate of 8.5%. As prices keep rising, Tampa Bay residents are paying more for gas, groceries, and now,
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  • 26 Apr 2022

    Tampa officials warn of Apple AirTags stalking dangers

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Dozens of reports emerge of Apple AirTags being used to track and stalk people in Pasco, Polk and Hillsborough Counties Last year, Apple launched their new AirTags, small, quarter-sized devices that attach to keys, wallets, purses, and other often misplaced items to track where you last left them straight from your iPhone. However, in recent
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  • 24 Feb 2022

    5 Things You Need to Do If You Are Being Followed

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

      There is nothing more terrifying than realizing someone is following you. If you’re driving and believe you are being followed, here are the 5 important things you need to know to get away safely. How do you know if someone is following you? Have you ever had the feeling that someone is following you?
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  • 22 Feb 2022

    Meet the Winner of the Fall 2021 Darrigo & Diaz Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families: Gabrielle Kirsch

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

      Darrigo & Diaz Attorneys at Law is pleased to introduce Gabrielle Kirsch as the 2021 Winner of our Annual Scholarship for Emergency Responders and Their Families. Since 1999, the personal injury attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Tampa community members; those who fall victim to serious injuries
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  • 27 Jan 2022

    Why every driver in Tampa Bay needs uninsured motorist coverage in 2022

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

      A record-breaking 27% of drivers in Florida will hit the road without car insurance in 2022. If you’re involved in an accident caused by someone else this year, there is a 1 in 4 chance that you will be financially responsible—unless you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.   What is uninsured motorist coverage? Uninsured
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  • 17 Dec 2021

    Tampa Roadways Face Perfect Storm this Holiday Season

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    How record-setting traffic, truck driver shortages, and the supply chain crisis are causing more accidents and more fatalities It’s the most wonderful time of year, but according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, this holiday season is proving to be the most dangerous—and deadly—for Tampa drivers. Each year during the holiday season, car accidents increase
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