Man in Wheelchair Hit by 18-Wheeler in Houston


I 10 accident

A man in a wheelchair was hit and injured by an 18-wheeler. The accident happened on I-10 and Federal Road outbound. Police and paramedics responded to the 18-wheeler crash and the man was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where his condition is unknown. Details of the incident are unclear; however the big rig did stop at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The accident is under investigation.

Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise

Accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise across the country. According to a report issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in May 2018, there was a 46% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2009 through 2016.

When a motorized vehicle collides with a pedestrian, it can have devastating consequences. Even at slow speeds, vehicles can cause serious injuries or death to someone on foot, or in this case, in a wheelchair. Big rigs are even more dangerous because they are large and heavy.

At the same time, distracted driving is a concern for both drivers and pedestrians. Distractions while driving include using a cell phone or other electronic devices, eating, and talking to others, among other things. Distractions are any activities that take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off driving.

18-Wheeler Accidents

18-wheeler accidents happen for many various reasons. We do not know the cause in this case, but it is possible that the truck driver did not see the man in the wheelchair. There are many blind spots around trucks; many more than there are for regular passenger vehicles. Truck drivers need to rely on the use of mirrors when making turns.

In addition, trucks need to make wide turns. The driver may be unable to see pedestrians in the way, especially when pedestrians are low to the ground as in the case of a person in a wheelchair. That does not excuse the accident, however. Truck drivers need to be aware of the roadway at all times and need to be particularly cautious at intersections, especially where there may be pedestrians.

When a truck and a pedestrian face off, the outcome is usually not good for the person on foot. Whether walking, bicycling, or in a wheelchair, pedestrians can be seriously hurt or killed as the result of being hit by an 18-wheeler. If you were hurt in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

In any crash, the negligent party is held responsible and should pay for any associated damages such as hospital costs, rehabilitation treatments, medications, future medical care, money for pain and suffering, and lost wages. Some injuries are disabling and you may be unable to return to work. These types of cases are complex and it is best to seek help from a qualified Houston truck accident attorney.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact the Houston trucking accident law firm today for a free case consultation. (281) 893-0760.


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Why Reducing the Age of CDL Drivers is a Bad Idea?



The shortage of truck drivers is causing the cost of freight to increase and trucking companies much grief. The lack of truck drivers has gotten so acute that companies cannot find qualified drivers and forced to hire drivers with experience much less than they usually would accept.


Low Pay and No Social Life


The reasons for the truck driver shortage appear to be low pay and the lack of a family or social life for a long-haul trucker. While pay and bonuses have increased, the median salary for truck drivers still appears to be relatively low as referenced by surveys of trucking pay. Private companies employing truck drivers pay better wages with more benefits.


Recently, a bill has been introduced to reduce the age of those able to drive across state lines carrying freight as a professional driver with a CDL. The law is shortsighted in both solution and safety and should not be passed.


The solution to a truck driver shortage should be better working conditions and higher pay making the job attractive to more people. While the proposed legislation will not have a material impact on the number of people who enter the industry, allowing drivers under the age of twenty-one behind the wheel of a vehicle that weighs up to 80,000 pounds is not a good plan.


Experience Matters

One of the most critical factors of a safe driver is experience. The more experienced the driver, the less likely of an accident occurring. As the Center for Disease Control studies suggests, age is the huge factor in car accidents. Not only are there more teenage fatalities, but simple safety precautions such as seat belt use are most often ignored with younger drivers.


Generally, the older the driver, the safer the driver. Given the number of fatal 18-wheeler accidents in the State of Texas, reducing the age of a long-haul driver to under 21 will not have a significant impact on the number of drivers, but will impact the safety of our highways.


As hard as it may be for trucking companies to raise prices to allow for higher wages and better benefits, that is the key to filling the available jobs with qualified and safe drivers.


Call truck accident lawyer Greg Baumgartner for a free case evaluation if you were injured in an accident with a big rig.

(281) 893-0760.



Two Injured in Serious Crash with 18-Wheeler in Houston


Two people suffered injuries as the result of a serious crash with an 18-Wheeler in Houston. The big rig accident happened as the truck was crossing Blankenship Drive onto Kempwood Drive.


Reportedly, a car failed to stop and slammed into the side of the truck, pinning the driver and passenger inside. The Houston fire department responded and rescued the two people from under the truck. Both the male driver and female passenger were transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Luckily, their injuries are said to be minor. The truck driver was uninjured in the crash.

Accident Under Investigation

The accident is being investigated to determine the cause and to find out if alcohol or drugs played a role. Although the car hit the truck in this case, the cause must still be determined. Sometimes a crash investigation or re-creation needs to be completed to find out what happened immediately before, during, and after the crash.

There are many factors that may cause or contribute to a crash. For example, the truck driver may have disobeyed a traffic signal, may have been speeding, or could have fallen asleep behind the wheel. The area where the accident occurred may have been unlit, which could have contributed to the crash. The cause of a crash may not be immediately apparent and all the evidence must be reviewed before a determination can be made.

In this case, both drivers and passenger can provide statements regarding what happened to cause the incident. It is very important that you seek legal assistance following a serious accident with a truck or any other vehicle.

Negligence in Truck Crashes

The negligent party needs to be determined after a crash. Insurance companies will generally utilize as many resources as possible to protect their insured and to avoid having to pay for damages. As the injured party in a crash, you need to protect your rights.

It is helpful to get guidance from an experienced truck accident attorney after a collision. Your lawyer will gather facts regarding the crash and will take whatever steps are necessary to prove the other driver was negligent.

When a driver is negligent, it means that he or she is responsible for the crash. In many accidents, both drivers are partly to blame for what happened. For example, one driver may have caused the crash by failing to stop at a traffic light, but the other driver may have been speeding, which is also a negligent act. The court will assign a portion of responsibility to each driver and damages will be recovered accordingly.

Many of these types of cases are settled before they get to court. Your attorney will negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. Your settlement must adequately provide payment for medical expenses, future care, lost wages and other damages.

If you were seriously hurt in truck accident, do not delay.

Contact the experienced legal team of18 Wheeler accident lawyers in Houston, TX  today to discuss your case with a free consultation.

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Big Rig Lost Load Causes Major Accident Near the Galleria


A big rig involved in an accident on the West Loop South Freeway in Houston caused major delays for drivers. The truck accident happened on 610 near the Galleria. Police were investigating the incident but initial reports indicate that there were no injuries. The semi-truck reportedly lost its load. These types of crashes are particularly dangerous, so it is lucky that nobody was hurt. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents occur all too often.

Big Trucks Carry Heavy Loads

Semi-trucks are big and are allowed to carry heavy loads. They can carry up to 80,000 pounds in some cases. Commercial vehicles are required to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. When vehicles do not follow the law they may cause a danger to others on the road.

There are several factors that may cause trucks to lose their loads. Although they are allowed to carry heavy freight, the weight must be properly distributed within the trailer. When the items are not evenly distributed they can make it difficult to steer the rig. Similarly, when the load is not adequately secured, it can shift while it is being transported.

Shifting freight can cause the driver to lose control. Freight can shift for a number of reasons such as when the truck makes a sudden stop or changes lanes quickly. These sudden actions cause the unsecured load to move and may force the truck in a different direction. When that happens, the driver may be completely unable to gain control.

When an open trailer carries a load, it must be properly secured. If not, the truck may actually begin to lose its load along the road. This causes a serious and dangerous condition for other drivers. For example, steel poles, lumber, and other materials have been known to come loose and cause accidents. Some trucks are required to cover their loads, such as some that carry gravel or dirt.

Accidents Caused by Lost Loads

When a truck loses its load or the load shifts, the driver has to try to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. This is often a very difficult task. Sometimes the truck veers into oncoming traffic or crashes into the side of an embankment. The truck may swerve wildly and crash into other vehicles along the way. If you see a truck with a problem, slow down and get out of the way. If you are involved in a truck accident, you may be seriously hurt. If you were hurt in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. The truck driver or the trucking company may be negligent in these types of cases.

Contact a Houston truck accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible. Your attorney will review the details of the case and gather evidence to support your case. You may be entitled to money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Houston lawyer for a truck accident for a free case consultation today. (281) 893-0760






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Truck Driver Shortage- Solutions and Dangers



The United States faces the dilemma of a massive commercial truck driver shortage. The situation has gotten so acute that Congress is now looking at legislation aimed at increasing the number of drivers available for interstate routes. This article addresses the scope of the problem, some proposed solutions and the dangers of some solutions.


Driver Shortage- the Numbers


According to the American Trucking Associations, there was a shortage of over 36,000 drivers for 2016. The number of open positions for qualified drivers has steadily increased to over 63,000 this year and is anticipated to be over 174,000 by the year 2026. The lack of drivers is most acute in long haul trucking given the lifestyle requirements.


Proposed Legislation


Recently, a bill called the Drive – Safe Act, has been introduced that would allow commercial truck drivers as young as 18 years old to operate across state lines. Under current law, truck drivers must be 21-year-old to haul freight across state boundaries.


The proposed bill is in response to the dramatic shortage of truck drivers which has the potential to hurt the economy.  Obviously, increasing the number of potential truck drivers would affect the acute driver shortage.


Increase in Pay


Many trucking companies are combating the driver shortage by increasing driver pay. Even with substantial increases in pay and benefits, many trucking companies are having a difficult time finding drivers. Signing bonuses have been common and trucking companies are even advertising on radio looking for drivers. Truckers who work for private fleets generally make more money than those employed otherwise.


Driverless Trucks


Driverless trucks have been in the news recently and will clearly have an impact of long-haul trucking. Many states and private companies are testing. Still, I cannot imagine long-haul trucks with no human driver in our immediate future.


Why the Shortage?


While the pay has been increasing at a rate much faster than other industries, the lifestyle for truck drivers particularly those over the road is hard. The main factors precluding a career in driving a truck or time away from the family and living on the road. It is hard to have a quality family life when you are constantly gone.


Estimates of the average age of a professional driver are in the mid-50s. Younger people are simply not sticking with the career due to the time away from friends and family.


While it is fairly easy to obtain a CDL, and the pay is much better than many other alternatives for those without a degree, the lifestyle is the problem. Conversely, those who enjoy the open road and the solitude of driving are happy to be truckers. Brian Davidson the owner of Casual Driver Leasing Services in Houston says that finding qualified drivers is their biggest challenge.


The Dangers


With the lack of qualified drivers causing a shortage for companies across America, the pressure on trucking companies to fill the open jobs becomes acute. This shortage forces companies to accept drivers with less experience and hire those that a company may normally not wish to hire.

Obtaining a commercial driver’s license is not that difficult and study after study have proven that the lack of significant experience substantially increases the odds of a truck driver getting in an accident.


Young Drivers are Generally Less Safe


The proposed legislation reducing the age of interstate truck drivers to 18 will have some impact on the number of drivers if the legislation is enacted into law. Whether those young drivers stick with the profession is another matter. While results of the Under 21 Pilot Program of the FMCSA (driver’s under 21 with military training), are not in yet, generally, experience is a factor in many truck wrecks.

To put this in perspective, many states such as Texas have additional limitations on new drivers, which limitations reduce the number of accidents. Putting an 18-year-old inexperienced driver behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle is probably calculated to increase the number of 18-wheeler accidents in Texas and across the nation.

Last year, there were over 169,000 accidents involving commercial vehicles.  Texas had more fatal truck crashes than any other state.

The number of big truck wrecks is up significantly since 2009 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

From a community perspective, increasing pay and lowering the age of drivers will help attract more drivers but the pressure to find solutions to the shortage of drivers will prevent needed enhancement of training requirements.



Collision with Semi-Truck Leaves One Person Dead in Houston


A crash between a semi-truck and a car ended in tragedy at an intersection at Sam Houston Parkway North. The accident happened at the intersection of Tanner Road and the service road of W. Sam Houston Parkway.

Beltway 8 18 wheeler accident

The accident closed all lanes of Beltway 8 at Tanner Road while police investigated and cleared the crash scene. No other injuries were reported, and the truck stayed on the scene.

Intersection Crashes

Crashes between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle can be dangerous, especially when they occur at intersections. Intersection crashes are particularly hazardous because they often result in a T-bone impact. That occurs when the vehicle is traveling in perpendicular directions. When at least one of the vehicles is traveling at a high rate of speed, serious injuries or fatalities are likely.

Truck accidents are often deadly because of the size and weight of the semi-truck. 18-wheelers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, making it very difficult to stop quickly. Intersections can be the location of serious crashes. This intersection and others like it may be confusing because they are located where vehicles are trying to enter and exit the highway. Many of the worst intersections in Houston are located near Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8), according to accident statistics collected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Some of the factors that can lead to these dangerous accidents include speeding, maneuvering to get onto the highway, failure to yield, and failure to obey a traffic signal. Drivers may be preoccupied trying to get onto the highway that they make mistakes or take chances that put them at a higher risk for a crash.

Safety at Intersections

All drivers, including those driving large trucks, must be more attentive, especially when near intersections. Houston removed red-light cameras but the accident rate at intersections increased. This shows that drivers must be more vigilant when approaching traffic lights. Drivers should be alert and paying attention to the roadway and other drivers. If you miss a turn, do not try to get over too quickly because this can cause a crash.

When making a turn at an intersection, always pay attention to green turn arrows and do not try to turn when the light is yellow.

Do not try to use a GPS or other electronic device while driving. Distracted driving is one of the most common contributing factors to severe accidents. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can be deadly.

Certainly, this accident shows just how severe the consequences can be when an accident occurs in an intersection. In this case, the cause of the crash is still under investigation. A negligent driver can be responsible for the damages and injuries that occurred as a result of the accident.

If you were hit by an 18-wheeler and need a lawyer, contact the real truck accident attorney Greg Baumgartner for a no obligation consultation.

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The Importance of Truck Crash Investigations


Investigation trucking collision

Truck accidents are among the most severe and devastating of all crashes. Because trucks are large and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded, it can be deadly when they are involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle.

Truck accidents can happen in an instant, and once they are over, a victim may be left wondering exactly what happened. The police will immediately conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Determining fault for the accident is the most important factor in deciding whether you will receive compensation for your injuries. The negligent party is responsible for injuries and damages.

Texas utilizes a proportional comparative fault system to determine your portion of responsibility. You may be able to collect compensation even if you were partially to blame for the accident, as long as you were less than 51% at fault.

Law Enforcement Accident Investigation

It is essential to find out what happened in order to ascribe fault to the parties. Law enforcement generally conducts an initial investigation of the accident scene. First and foremost, law enforcement makes sure that medical care is rendered to anyone who is hurt. Then, they secure the area so that they can conduct a safe investigation. They will get statements from the drivers and passengers as well as from any witnesses.

Additionally, police will view the scene and take note of clues about what caused the crash. They will look at the damage to the vehicles to make sure it is consistent with the eyewitness accounts. Officers will also look at skid marks, traffic signals and pieces of the vehicles to help determine exactly what happened. While this initial investigation may uncover some useful information, it may not provide you with the complete picture.

Additionally, often the officers do not save the initial investigation data, including witnesses and many times that vital information does not make the crash report.

Truck Crash Reconstruction Experts

You can be quite certain that after a very serious truck accident, the truck company’s insurance company will immediately start conducting its own investigation. The defense will want to try to prove that their driver was not at fault for the crash. It can be extremely important for you to have your own crash reconstruction expert evaluate the crash site. You can accomplish this with help from an experienced Houston truck accident attorney.

Forensic crash scene investigators are experts at evaluating accidents. They use physics to piece together what happened using all of the data, information and witness statements available. A crash scene reconstruction may be necessary to help with the investigation.

The reconstruction expert will visit the scene, look at skid marks, oil or gas stains, impact marks, and other details. The expert will also view the vehicles to see exactly where they impacted.

By putting together this information an expert can often find out exactly what happened immediately before, during, and after a crash.

This information can be critical in getting you compensation for your injuries. If you were seriously injured in truck accident, do not delay.

Contact our experienced legal team to assess your tractor-trailer accident and get a free case evaluation. If you find your self saying “I was hit by an 18-wheeler and need a lawyer” call us at 281-893-0760. 


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Big Rig Crash Kills Truck Driver


A big rig driver is dead after a crash that occurred on State Highway 71 near Austin. According to reports, the 18-wheeler was apparently trying to get on westbound Highway 71 when the truck drifted into the right lane and flipped over. Reports initially indicated that there was a truck fire, but rescue crews found that the rig was not on fire. It was carrying concrete bags which burst open when the rig overturned, causing concrete dust to enter the air, which looked like smoke.

Our hearts go out to the family of the truck driver.

Crash Investigation

A crash investigation is being completed to determine exactly what occurred. Fortunately, in this case, there were no other vehicles involved and no other injuries besides the fatality of the truck driver. There are many unknowns as to why the accident happened. What is known is that the driver appeared to be trying to get onto the toll road when he failed to stay on the pavement.

The road was closed for hours while crews worked to clear the highway. Workers had a difficult time due to high temperatures. The temperature on asphalt and concrete pavement can be 15 to 20 degrees higher than the air temperature, making it hard for rescuers and cleanup crews to do their work.

Overturned Trucks

In this case, the big rig overturned in the crash. It is unclear as to whether the driver lost control of the rig and tried to overcorrect, causing the vehicle to overturn. However, that can be a common cause of big rig rollovers.

Another problem may have been a shifting load. When the load is heavy and not properly distributed or secured, it can make it difficult for the driver to handle. If the load shifts, the rig can be pulled in a direction at a force that is unmanageable.

The driver may have been traveling at a rate of speed that was too fast to enter the ramp to the highway. A mechanical failure cannot be ruled out, nor can any other contributing factors. This accident requires more investigation and the Austin Vehicular Homicide unit is asking the public to come forward with any information they may have if they witnessed the accident. If you have any information about this accident, please call the Austin PD to offer your help. Often, when trucks overturn, they can fall onto other vehicles, causing a serious multiple vehicle accident. Luckily in this case, that did not occur.

What to do After an Accident with a Big Rig

If you are involved in an accident with a big rig, it is important to follow a few steps. Call the police immediately to report the accident and make sure that your vehicle is in a safe position. You may need to pull over to a safe spot rather than stay in the middle of the road where you could get hit again. Do not exit the vehicle in traffic.

The police will investigate the accident, take statements from the drivers, and talk to witnesses. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible and save all of your medical records and bills. Consult with an attorney to discuss the details of your case.


If you were hurt, the negligent driver may be responsible for your medical bills and other damages caused by the crash.   Contact attorney Greg Baumgartner today for a free case consultation- (281) 893-0760.


Big Rig Falls into Lake Texoma After Fatal Bridge Crash

An accident between a big rig and a passenger car sent the truck into the lake and killed both drivers.

Lake Texoma accident

The semi-truck accident happened on the Highway 70 bridge over Lake Texoma, which connects Oklahoma and Texas.

The driver of the car was killed and the truck driver was presumed dead after his big rig careened over the bridge and was submerged in the lake. The bridge was closed to traffic while an investigation was completed.

Big Rig Accidents

Big rig accidents occur frequently and sometimes they happen on bridges. This can create problems when the rig or other vehicles break through the barrier and fall off the bridge. Even strong metal barriers on bridges may not prevent these types of occurrences because the force of a truck accident is often very great. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded with cargo and it’s difficult to stop, especially when traveling at a moderate to high rate of speed.

There is no indication of the cause of the crash mentioned above. There are many possible causes of big rig crashes. Sometimes crashes are related to speed, distracted driving, or mechanical failures. When a big rig is involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle, there are often severe injuries or fatalities. Luckily, this crash only involved the truck and a passenger vehicle, though sometimes multiple vehicles are involved.

What to do After a Big Rig Collision

There are several things you should do after a collision with a big rig. Most often, this serious accident has caught the attention of other drivers and law enforcement will quickly respond. A police report should be made. The police will investigate the cause of the crash and will talk to drivers and to other witnesses.
Seek medical attention, even if you do not initially feel injured.

Often, injures can appear later and these can actually be serious. Keep copies of all medical reports and bills so you can provide them for payment. Medical care for serious injuries can be expensive and you may require surgery and extended hospitalization and rehabilitative therapy.

The insurance company may contact you and request a statement. They may also offer you a settlement check for your damages. Remember that the offer the insurance company makes may not be enough to cover all of your current and future expenses related to the crash.

Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

Discuss the accident with an experienced truck accident attorney before you accept an offer from the insurance company. If the accident was due to negligence by the truck driver or trucking company, you may be owed money for your damages. Damages may include medical bills, costs for prescription medications, and money for future medical needs. In addition, you might be owed money for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the accident.

Attorney that Specializes in Truck Crashes can Help Investigate

An experienced truck crash attorney understands how to move forward and investigate injury or fatal truck crashes and will protect your rights and negotiate on your behalf. Call the skilled legal team of attorney Greg Baumgartner today for a free case evaluation.

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Hazardous Materials Make Big Rig Accidents More Dangerous


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Big rig accidents are often very serious. Large 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded. This makes them much heavier than passenger vehicles. When a collision occurs with a big rig, it is likely to result in severe injuries or fatalities to people in cars or SUVs. Besides the size and weight of these big rigs, other drivers also need to be aware of hazardous materials they might be carrying. In addition, 18-wheelers can hold up to about 300 gallons of diesel fuel, which can spill onto the roadway during an accident.

Hazardous Material Safety

Commercial semi-trucks must follow safety laws when they transport hazardous materials. They must also follow the local laws governing hazardous material transport. Houston has designated haz-mat routes. Trucks are restricted from traveling on road other than those specified as safe for those carrying hazardous cargo. The 610 Loop is a designated route, so these trucks avoid traveling through the city.

Truck drivers could be ticketed and fined for failure to obey the law. If they are involved in an accident, they might be negligent were they traveling on roads not specified for their use. Hazardous material spills are not uncommon. Recently, an 18-wheeler accident closed the westbound lanes of IH-10 in Chambers County. The hazmat team was called in to clean up about 100 gallons of diesel fuel and oil that spilled onto the roadway during the crash.

In a similar incident, the North Loop had to be shut down while hazmat crews cleaned hazardous materials that spilled in a big rig crash. Not only are these incidents irritating to drivers, they can also be deadly. Fuel, oil, and hazardous material spills can catch fire in an accident. These fires burn very hot, quickly, and can be difficult to extinguish.

Drivers Beware

Drivers should know the dangers of sharing the road with big rigs that carry hazardous materials. When an 18-wheeler overturns or is involved in a serious crash, the hazardous materials can spill out immediately. Keep your distance from these trucks and allow extra room between you and them. Do not speed around one truck, and never cut one off because they may not slowdown in time.

If you are involved in an accident with a big rig, do not go near it after the crash. Exit your vehicle if it is safe to do so and get as far away from the truck as possible. If you see smoke or flames, do not go back to your vehicle to retrieve any personal items. Do not put out a fire yourself as these fires are too dangerous.

If you were hurt in an accident with a big rig, you may have compensation for your injuries. Contact trucking accident attorney Greg Baumgartner for a no obligation consultation-

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