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February 28, 2015

NHTSA Orders Takata to Preserve Recalled Air Bag Inflators

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is ordering Takata Corp. to preserve air bag inflators that were removed during the manufacturer’s recall process. The NHTSA wants the evidence kept for both its own probe and for any air bag defect lawsuits. Dozens of injuries and at least five fatalities have been linked to the safety issue.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that NHTSA would upgrade the Takata probe to an engineering analysis. This should help determine the actual cause of the air bag failure, as well as whether Takata refused to tell the government agency about the safety defect and violated safety laws and rules.

In the last seven years, car manufacturers have recalled some 17 million autos because they came with Takata air bags. The safety devices are at risk of rupturing upon deployment, which may cause them to spit out sharp fragments that can lead to serious injury or prove fatal. Just last year, BMW, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda, and Ford issued national recalls over defective Takata air bags located on the driver side of many of their vehicles. Toyota, Subaru, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi later joined these manufacturers in recalling autos with possibly defective passenger-side air bags. The affected vehicles were located in geographic areas that experience high absolute humidity on a regular basis.

Meantime, Takata is testing the air bag inflators to figure out the extent of the defect and what is causing the ruptures. The tests are being conducted under NHTSA supervision.

Already, thousands of air bags have been tested. However, there appears to be no evidence that the defect that is passenger-side air bags is impacting vehicles in non-high humidity regions.

Please contact our Boston air bag defect lawyer if you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Massachusetts car accident and you think that the vehicle’s air bag malfunctioned, failed to deploy, deployed when it shouldn’t have, or exploded during deployment. Air bag malfunctions can also occur even when the vehicle wasn’t involved in a collision.

Air bags are supposed to protect passengers during a crash and if they fail to do that, the manufacturer, seller, distributor, or others can be held liable for Massachusetts auto products liability.

This week, Honda Motor Co.’s president said he would step down because of the massive recalls its company had to make because of Takata air bags.

Massachusetts Air Bag Defects
Air bag defects also have impacted safety devices made by companies other than Takata. Common air bag safety issues:

• Air bags that deploy too fast and expand too far out into the vehicle
• Airbags that are too big for deployment inside a vehicle
• Air bags that become untethered during deployment
• Airbag that deploy during a low-speed collision, when they should not have gone off at all.
• System failures
• Delayed deployment, usually after impact.

U.S Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Order to Preserve Defective Takata Air Bag Inflators for Ongoing Federal Investigation, NHTSA, February 25, 2015

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, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, February 3, 2015

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February 27, 2015

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology May Be Coming Soon According to MIT Review

“What if your car warned you seconds before an accident, giving you enough time to swerve or slam on the brakes—maybe even save your life?”

That’s exactly the promise Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology is promising to drivers. The breakthrough technology seeks to enhance safety on roadways, and according to the MIT Technological Review, we could be seeing the new software in cars as early as 2017.

According to an article published by Boston.com, the number of car crashes has steadily declined (with the exception of 2012) since 2006.

Advocates of the new technology believe that the number of deaths will only decrease once the new technology has been implemented into cars. Once fully functional the V2V system will connect drivers travelling near each other, allowing cars to gather information on what the other car is doing even if the driver can’t see them or is not paying attention. Debra Bezzina, senior project manager for UMTRI, says the new technology seeks to target 82% of collisions—which would garner a major impact for drivers.

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February 25, 2015

While Drunk Driving Decreases, Drugged Driving Continues to Rise

It’s a warning most adult drivers have engrained in the heads: “Don’t drink and drive.”

The nation’s decades-long campaign against drunk driving has proven effective in making roadways safer, but a new study finds that as drunken driving has decreases, drugged driving continues to increase. With the decriminalization of marijuana in some states, including in Massachusetts, and illicit drug use at an all-time high, drug-intoxication on roadways seems to be more prominent. This news has prompted safety watchdogs as well as lawmakers to raise new questions on how to make roadways safer. Groundbreaking new studies studies released by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have broken down the data.

Published by the NHTSA, the Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers study uncovered the number of drivers with alcohol in their system has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, and by more than three-quarters since the first Roadside Survey was published back in 1973. And while these numbers reflect progress made combatting unsafe drivers, the same survey found a drastic increase in the number of drivers found using marijuana and illegal substances while driving. In a 2014, for example, nearly 25% of drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect their ability to drive.

In a press statement, NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said, “America made drunk driving a national issue and while there is no victory as long as a single American dies in an alcohol-related crash, a one-third reduction in alcohol use over just seven years shows how a focused effort and cooperation among the federal government, states and communities, law enforcement, safety advocates and industry can make an enormous difference. At the same time, the latest Roadside Survey raises significant questions about drug use and highway safety. The rising prevalence of marijuana and other drugs is a challenge to everyone who is dedicated to saving lives and reducing crashes.”

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February 20, 2015

Despite Jeep Fuel Tank Recall, Fatalities and Vehicle Fires Continue

Even after Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.56 million Jeeps in 2013 in the wake of mounting pressure from U.S. safety regulars, the Associated Press reports that there continues to be related incidents involving car fires and fatalities. The safety issue involves the vehicles’ plastic fuel tanks that are in the back of the rear axel.

The tanks don’t have much structure to protect themselves from getting hit from behind, which places them at risk of tank punctures and fires. To fix the safety issue, Chrysler is supposed to install trailer hitches behind the Jeeps to add more protection.

However, since the recall, only 12% of the recalled sport utility vehicles have been repaired, with some Jeep owners claiming they’ve had problems when they tried to get the fixes completed. Also, notes the AP, government tests demonstrate that the hitches do protect the tanks during car crashes but only if the Jeep is stationary and the vehicle striking it from behind was moving at no more than 40 mph.

Reports that Jeep fires were occurring have been coming in since the late ‘90s, but it wasn’t until 2010 when the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration started probing the claims. It tried recalling 2.7 million older Jeep Libertys and Grand Cherokees linked to 51 fire fatalities. That figure was later changed to over 70 deaths. Chrysler pushed back on the request, and eventually the recall was reduced to 1.56 million jeeps with another 1.2 million earmarked for inspection. Already numerous auto products liability lawsuits have been filed.

If you were injured in a traffic crash that you believed was caused at least in part by an auto defect, you should speak with a Boston car accident lawyer right away. If the accident involved a Jeep fuel tank, you may have reason to pursue a Jeep fuel tank injury lawsuit against the automaker, seller, or distributer. If a negligent driver was involved you also may be able to file a Massachusetts car accident claim.

Fires, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall, ABC News/AP, February 11, 2015

NHTSA Statement on Chrysler Announcement Regarding Action on 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys, NHTSA

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Massachusetts Nursing Assistants Sustain Back Injuries, Repetitive Trauma, Other Work Injuries, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer, February 12, 2015

Tow Truck Driver Fatally Struck on Massachusetts Turnpike While Helping A Disabled Vehicle, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, February 13, 2015

February 13, 2015

Tow Truck Driver Fatally Struck on Massachusetts Turnpike While Helping A Disabled Vehicle

A Southbridge tow truck driver was killed on Wednesday after he was struck by a box truck while helping a disabled vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The driver, 22-year-old Kevin St. Pierre, was preparing to tow a car that had a flat tire when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The driver of the box truck has not been criminally charged.

In the Telegram & Gazette, Statewide Towing Association executive director Kim Lowell in Southboro is quoted as saying that every five days in the United States a tow truck driver is killed. Nearly 90% of the deaths are fatal and almost all incidents take place on limited-access highways.

Tow truck driver deaths continue to happen despite the state’s Move Over Law, which requires that drivers slow down or move to the next free lane as they approach a maintenance or emergency vehicle that is stopped on the road. State troopers in Massachusetts have also been killed on the job after being struck while providing roadside help. Often, these workers, like pedestrians, are fully exposed and vulnerable to injury. They have nothing to protect them from the impact of a collision with a fast-moving vehicle. The outcome may prove catastrophic.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Boston tow truck crash you should speak with our Massachusetts car accident lawyer right away. If you are a tow driver who was injured on the job, you may be able to file for Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits. If it was your loved one who died, you are likely entitled to death benefits from the employer. There also may be other liable parties that you should sue for damages.

After fatal crash, drivers are reminded to heed Move Over Law
, Telegram.com, February 12, 2015

Massachusetts' Move Over Law, Mass.gov (PDF)

Tow truck driver struck, killed on Massachusetts Turnpike, WCVB, February 11, 2015

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February 6, 2015

Braintree, MA Train Accident Injures One

One passenger was injured in a Braintree, MA train accident on Wednesday. The incident happened when a commuter train hit the cab of a tractor-trailer after the truck’s wheels had gotten stuck on the track. Fortunately the trucker was able to jump out of the vehicle in time.

Some 60 people were in the train when the crash happened. According to CBS Boston, the injured train passenger, who reported back pain, was transported to the hospital.

In Massachusetts, our Boston train crash lawyers represent passengers and vehicle occupants with injury and wrongful death claims. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today.

Train collisions are often catastrophic. With this type of accident you want to make sure you are represented by an experienced Massachusetts train accident law firm.

Also this week, five train passengers and an SUV driver died when the sport utility vehicle moved into the path of a metro train in New York. The driver, Ellen Brody, and five train passengers died. Over a dozen others were injured.

One witness said that the SUV’s rear window was struck by the gate at a crossing station. Brody appears to have tried getting out of the way of the oncoming train but failed. The National Transportation Safety Board is examining the rail cars
“crashworthiness.” Driver error is also under consideration as a factor. During the train-car crash, part of the electrified third rail perforated the first two train cars.

Earlier this month, a California train accident killed one man when the pickup truck he was driving was hit by a railroad maintenance vehicle. The trucker died minutes later.
Investigators are trying to determine why the cross bars and warning signs did not go off at the train crossing.

You want to work with a Boston train accident law firm that knows how train accidents happen and who should be held liable. If you are a worker injured in a train crash you should also speak with our lawyers to explore your legal options and ensure you get all of the work injury benefits that you are owed.

1 injured after train crash in Braintree, My Fox Boston, February 4, 2015

NTSB: Emergency brake applied in deadly N.Y. rail crash, CNN, February 6, 2015

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MBTA Subway Trolleys Collide in Dorchester: Passengers Injured, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, November 26, 2014

Consolidation of Xarelto Injury Lawsuits Gets Opposition from Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Massachusetts Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, December 5, 2014

January 31, 2015

Monday Promising More Inclement Weather: Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads

After what promises to be an exciting weekend with the Patriots in the Superbowl, many New Englanders are yet again, going to have to brace themselves for heavy snowfall on Monday morning. With the added layer of snowfall the streets (which are still in the midst of cleanup from last Tuesday’s storm), we at Altman & Altman would like to offer some reminder tips (sourced from Boston.com) on how to keep you and your family safe on the roads this winter.

1. Remove snow from your entire vehicle before hitting the roads

This is one of the most crucial steps every driver should take before hitting the roads after it snows.

Why is this so important? Put simply, Safety and visibility — and not just for you, but for the drivers behind you.

To make snow removal easier, pick up a snow broom. These handy tools will allow you to push heavy, wet snow off the roof and hood of your vehicle, all while avoiding scratching your car. Snow brooms are especially valuable for SUV or minivan owners, since many have telescopic handles that can extend upwards of 50-inches to gain access to those hard to reach places.

2. Don’t follow the speed limit

We’re all in a rush, but seriously, forget speed limits when the roads are wet and slippery! In the snow, driving is just about getting from Point A to Point B safely. Drive below the posted speed limit, and only drive as fast as it is safe to drive. If you’ve got traffic piling up behind you wanting to get past, pull over and let them pass. Winter is no time to cave to peer pressure to drive faster than you’re comfortable or capable. Better to get there eventually than not at all.

3. Check the condition and air pressure of your tires

If you or your mechanic haven’t checked your car’s tire tread and air pressure recently, do so immediately. If a tire’s tread is not adequate, they should be replaced as soon as possible. Note: There are tire-tread indicators in the tire that will tell you the tire is near end of life.

Next up, check your tire pressure. Your manufacturer’s recommended PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) for your tires is listed on a sticker inside the driver’s door and can also be located in the owner’s manual. For driving in the snow, experts recommend inflating about 3-5 PSI more than usual to increase tire stability and help increase your tires’ responsiveness. After the snowstorm is over, reduce the tire pressure to the originally recommended rating.

4. Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely

Leave twice the normal distance between you and the car you’re following to account for stopping adjustments. One of the most common mistakes people make while driving in snowy conditions is to follow too closely in traffic, which can lead to pileups. Don’t be the cause of a pileup (or a participant in one!) Keep your distance and keep two hands on the wheels at all times — your phone can wait!

5. Keep a winter emergency kit in your car

Make sure you never leave the house in wintry conditions without having a winter emergency kit in your backseat or trunk – You can choose to make one yourself or buy one at your local hardware store. Common elements include a flashlight, road flares, a first aid kit, extra clothes, gloves, blankets, chemical hand warmers, a fully charged spare cell phone, and a small shovel to help dig you out in case you get stuck.

January 27, 2015

$15M Products Liability Lawsuit Blames GPS Maker Garmin for 2013 Massachusetts Bus Crash

11 people are suing GPS device maker for $15 million over injuries they sustained in a 2013 Massachusetts bus collision. The plaintiffs are claiming products liability for what they contend was a defective/unsafe navigation device.

The bus, transporting more than two dozen high school students and their chaperones, was going back from Boston to Philadelphia, when the charter vehicle hit a bridge, causing its roof to collapse. 35 people were hospitalized. Student Matthew Cruz, who sustained a spinal cord injury in the bus crash, is the complaint’s lead plaintiff.

In their Boston product defect case, the plaintiffs argued that if the GPS device had been designed for commercial vehicles, the driver would have been directed to go around the bridge. They say that the packaging of the navigation device should have indicated that it was not appropriate for charter bus use.

Also named as a defendant is bus driver Samuel J. Jackson, who is accused of distracted driving and failing to notice the signs warning that the bridge was an imminently low one. Even after hitting the bridge, he reportedly kept driving for another 500 feet.

GPS navigation devices have been blamed for bridge collisions. In 2009, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said that the country should create standards for the GPS devices used in buses and trucks to prevent low collisions that occur when a vehicle is directed to go onto a restricted road.

In a letter to then Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the New York senator noted that over two years, truckers struck bridges in that state over 200 times because of faulty directions given to them by vehicle navigation systems. Some 80% of the bridge strikes occurred in areas that were closed to commercial traffic but a GPS had directed the truckers otherwise.

US Department of Transportation data reports that in 2010, there were 15,000 bridge strike accidents involving all kinds of motor vehicles. 3,000 injuries and 214 fatalities resulted.

Last year, a teenager died after he hit a bridge while standing on top of a double-decker tour bus in California. Mason Zisette, 16, was reportedly facing the back of the bus and failed to see the bridge. His head struck the structure, causing him to fall to the ground. He was taken off life support the next day and died.

Bus crashes can lead to serious injuries and there may be more than one party that should be held liable. You want to work with a Boston bus accident law firm that knows how to determine and prove who and what caused the collision. At Altman & Altman, LLP, our Massachusetts bus collision attorneys represent victims injured in school bus crashes, MBTA bus accidents, private buses, charter buses, and passenger vans.

$15M suit blames GPS for Boston bus accident that injured students, chaperones, Bucks County Courier Times, January 29, 2015

Truckers Guided by GPS Said to Hit N.Y. Bridges 200 Times
, Bloomberg.com, September 25, 2014

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Plymouth, MA Woman Injured In Big Rig Truck Accident Involving Detached Trailer, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, January 15, 2015

January 23, 2015

Plymouth, MA Woman Injured In Big Rig Truck Accident Involving Detached Trailer

A Plymouth, Massachusetts woman now has to undergo physical therapy after she was involved in a truck accident involving a runaway trailer. Patricia Jordan was driving an SUV when the trailer, which had detached from the truck after the vehicle went into a slight curve, hit her RAV 4, causing it to slam into a concrete barrier. The 48-year-old mother experienced soreness in her neck and back after the incident.

According to investigators, the trailer was not properly locked into place. It also was overloaded, exceeding the authorized weight limit by 8,000 pounds at 88,280 pounds. The truck was transporting corrugated cardboard.

While runaway trailer accidents are a rare occurrence, they can be deadly. Often the trailer may be moving at a fast speed and carrying a heavy load. Causes of runaway trailer accidents:

• Speeding
• Steep declines
• Overloading
• Brake problems
• Mechanical issues
• Sudden turns

Injuries involving runaway semi-trailers can include neck injuries, back injuries, air bag injuries, broken bones, concussions, facial injuries, herniated injuries, nerve damage, whiplash injuries, skull fractures, internal injuries, and death.

Massachusetts Truck Crashes
Truck drivers, trucking companies, and truck operators have to ensure that all safety measures are implemented and followed if they want to minimize the chances of a Massachusetts truck accident. Usually it is the occupants of the smaller vehicle or a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist that sustains the brunt of the injuries in a tractor-trailer crash. Icy roads in the winter may increase the chances of a Boston truck collision, which is why truckers and other drivers on the road should exercise even more caution this time of year.

If you or someone you love was involved in a traffic accident with a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer, a big rig truck, or any other kind of large truck, don’t be surprised if the insurer or attorneys for the trucking company try to settle with you right away. Do NOT settle until you’ve explored your legal options. Contact our Boston truck crash lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP today.

Driver in detached-trailer accident is cited, Greenwichtime.com, January 2, 2015

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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January 16, 2015

Rider Sustains Leg Injury in Framingham, MA Bicycle Accident

A male bicyclist sustained a serious injury to his leg when he was involved in a Framingham, MA traffic crash with a car. Police said that after the vehicle struck the rider he was thrown onto the car’s hood and windshield before falling to the ground. The driver of the car was reportedly driving at only 15 mph but was unable to stop in time to prevent striking the bicycle because there was loose sand and ice on the road. The pedalcycist says he may have been distracted.

According to an article published in the Boston Globe last year, the number of bike accidents in the state has gone up now that there are more cyclists on the road. Greater Boston area bicycle crash death figures have risen by three times over. From 2010 to 2012, reports the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, close to 70% of the bicycle accidents that occurred resulted in injuries. Crash data examined by The Globe revealed that in 66% of bicycle accidents a vehicle was involved.

The state has been encouraging more people to ride their bikes and its towns and cities have added bike lanes. Unfortunately, many drivers remain unaware that bicyclists’ have rights.

While some Massachusetts bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence of the riders, in many instances, another party, such as a negligent motorist or government entity responsible for improperly constructing a street or failing to clear road may have been responsible.

To give you an example of how serious injuries from a bicycle accident can be—even when a motor vehicle isn’t involved—U2 frontman Bono says he may never be able to play the guitar again because of injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident in Central Park last November. Bono, 54, now has a titanium elbow. He also sustained eye socket fractures, as well as elbow and shoulder blade fractures, shattering bone in multiple places in an upper arm, among other injuries. To recover from his injuries the musician had to undergo hours of surgery. He is also in progressive therapy.

Bicyclist injured in crash with car in Framingham, MetroWest Daily News, January 8, 2015

Bono: I may never play guitar again after crash, The Boston Globe, January 2, 2015

Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT

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Liberty Research Institute Names Overexertion, Falls Accidents As Leading Causes of Work Injuries in 2012
, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, January 15, 2015

January 9, 2015

More Than A Dozen Hospitalized After Plymouth, MA Bus Accident

15 Plymouth elementary school students were transported to a local hospital after being involved in a school bus accident late yesterday afternoon.

The West Elementary School bus was involved in the crash with a small sedan (which suffered serious front-end damage) around 3:45 p.m. According to witness reports, the bus tipped over slightly before tipping back to its regular balance.

One student said, "When we crashed, it was very scary. A lot of kids started to cry and there were a few injuries."

Eight area ambulances, several other emergency crews and the superintendent of schools responded to the scene of the accident. The school bus driver and 6 of the 35 kids on board were transported to area hospitals for minor bumps and bruises. No serious injuries have been reported.

Plymouth fire officials and EMS say the driver of the sedan appeared to be uninjured and declined to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
Students who didn't go to the hospital were sent home with their parents, but kids are a bit nervous about getting back on the bus, rightfully so. Plymouth school officials say they expect transportation will be normal on Friday. The cause of the crash still remains under investigation—it is unclear who may have caused the accident.

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January 7, 2015

Family Settles Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit for $2.25 Million

The family of a 61-year-old motorcyclist has reached a $2.25M wrongful death settlement with the driver of the pickup truck that struck him in May 2012. Robert Kegler was riding his motoricycle when he was hit by a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Andrew Kebalo. The teen driver was making a left turn even though Kegler had the right of way on the road at the time.

The impact of the motorcycle collision threw Kegler from his bike. The rider had to be flown by chopper to a hospital where he was pronounced dead just hours later.

Kebalo reportedly told police that even though he saw the motorcycle approaching he figured that he had enough time to take the turn. The 17-year-old was charged with failing to yield the right of way and criminal negligent homicide.

Kegler’s family is suing not just Kebalo, but also his family’s business, which owns the pickup truck that he was driving when he struck the motorcyclist. The $2.25 million settlement was reached following mediation.

Motorcycle riders are at high risk of serious injuries during a traffic crash. If you are a motorcyclist who was injured in a Boston motorcycle accident, or your loved one was a rider that was severely hurt or killed in a collision, do not hesitate to contact our Massachusetts motor vehicle crash lawyers right away.

Filing a Boston traffic collision lawsuit can take time. You want to make sure you are represented by a law firm that knows how to pursue your recovery, whether this means settling the case in mediation or taking the lawsuit to trial.

Obtaining compensation for Massachusetts personal injury or wrongful death won’t bring your loved one back. However, it can help cover related costs and damages while allowing you to hold the negligent party or parties liable. Even if the negligent act was not intentional, you may still be able to sue for compensation.

Motorcyclist's Family Settles Wrongful Death Claim for $2.25 Million, Connecticut Law Tribune, January 6, 2015

Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Enfield Man
, Ellington Somers-Patch, May 21, 2012

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