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3 Reasons to Buckle Up for Click It or Ticket Campaign

As Texas joins the national 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign for May, officials at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are reminding drivers to buckle up – or face up to $200 in fines. Interestingly, Texas has one of the highest seatbelt compliance rates in the nation, as an estimated 9 in every 10 motorists in the state regularly wear their seatbelts. Now, however, officials are hoping to make these numbers even better, encouraging drivers and passengers to always buckle up when they get in a vehicle. Explaining the importance of this campaign, John Barton, the deputy executive director… Read More

How to Determine Fault after a Car Wreck (Pt. 2)

Continuing from How to Determine Fault after a Car Wreck (Pt. 1), here, we’ll resume this discussion, highlighting some more factors that are used by investigators to figure out who is liable after a traffic wreck. More Factors Used to Determine Fault after a Car Wreck In addition to examining evidence collected from the scene of a car wreck, investigators (for insurers/attorneys) will also usually review: Police reports – As long as police were called after an wreck, there will be a police report for that collision. These reports can include essential info regarding what happened in the immediate aftermath of… Read More

How to Determine Fault after a Car Wreck (Pt. 1)

Determining fault after a car wreck is crucial to figuring out who will be responsible for covering the wreck-related damage and who may liable for any of the resulting personal injuries. Although fault determinations can be relatively straightforward for some wrecks, in many cases, determining liability is far trickier – and it may require the help of a skilled professional. Dispelling some of the confusion around this topic, this two-part blog series will point out what you should know about determining fault after traffic wrecks. Although the discussion herein can provide some enlightening information, be sure to contact a trusted Fort… Read More

TxDOT Bilingual Impaired Driving Campaign Aimed at At-Risk Hispanic Males

Unfortunately, drinking and driving remains a serious problem in Texas… Until that changes, we must be diligent in our efforts to save lives, reduce crashes and spare families the heartache of losing loved ones to irresponsible decision making. The loss and suffering that comes with drinking and driving is entirely preventable. Don’t do it. Period. – TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, USMC (Ret.) Although drinking and driving is illegal, it still happens, causing more than 600 serious injuries and nearly 300 fatalities in Texas each year. While impaired drivers can come in various forms, nearly half of all… Read More

Wasco Skylights Requests Media Retractions for Coverage of Verdict in Skylight Failure Lawsuit

Earlier this month, a Texas jury issued a $33.8 million verdict against Wasco Skylights in a skylight failure lawsuit being litigated by Haslam & Gallagher’s Attorney Patrick Gallagher. The sizeable verdict won in this case, which represented more than double the amount of damages being sought, garnered some media attention, including from the Texas Fort Worth Star-Telegram and even the Associated Press. On April 13th, however, Wasco issued an official statement, requesting that these (and other) media outlets retract their recent articles regarding this skylight failure lawsuit. Specifically, Wasco pointed out that, although the jury in this case had awarded… Read More

6 Distracted Driving Facts to Know for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our series entitled 6 Distracted Driving Facts to Know for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, here, we will present some final essential facts to know about distracted driving. More Important Distracted Driving Facts Fact 5 – In terms of distractions for drivers, talking on the phone is far more distracting and dangerous than talking to someone else in the vehicle. This is another distracted driving fact that may seem illogical on the surface but, when looking a bit closer at the research, makes a lot of sense. According to research conducted at the University of Utah, talking on a… Read More

The Haslam Firm Wins $4.3M Verdict in Fatal DUI Wreck Lawsuit

The families of four teens who were killed in a 2005 drunk driving wreck have finally been able to obtain some justice and compensation, as they have won a $4.3 million verdict with the help of Haslam & Gallagher’s own Attorney Robert Haslam. In addition to marking a crucial victory for the families in this case, this verdict is also important in that it represents a success against the bar responsible for overserving the drunk driver (under the 2006 Texas Dram Shop Act). Facts of the DUI Wreck Lawsuit: What Led to the Verdict According to court documents for this… Read More

6 Distracted Driving Facts to Know for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (Pt. 2) 

Picking up from where we left off in 6 Distracted Driving Facts to Know for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (Pt. 1), here, we will continue highlighting some interesting and essential facts about distracted driving. Were You Aware of These Distracted Driving Facts? Fact 3 – Last year, there was a 6 percent increase in the number of distracted driving wrecks that occurred in Texas. This may be one of the more distressing distracted driving facts presented thus far, as it seems to indicate that: Drivers are not taking distracted driving seriously. Enforcement efforts may need to be stepped up to… Read More

The Haslam Firm Wins $33.8M Verdict in Skylight Failure Lawsuit

Haslam & Gallagher is proud to announce that we have brought another skylight failure lawsuit to a successful resolution, securing a $33.8-million verdict for our client. This verdict, which was awarded on April 2, 2015, represents more than double the amount being sought for the plaintiff. Additionally, it serves a notable victory over manufacturers – like Wasco Products of Wells, Maine (the defendant in this case) – who continue to compromise people’s safety with their defectively designed skylights. A Look behind the Verdict: Details of the Skylight Failure Lawsuit According to court documents associated with the case, the plaintiff, a… Read More

6 Distracted Driving Facts to Know for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (Pt. 1)

“Distracted driving kills, there is no excuse for it, and it must stop,” noted U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx when kicking off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month just days ago. Backed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council (NSC) and various other organizations, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is aimed at calling public attention to the problem and ubiquity of distracted driving to try to reduce it. Promoting this effort, this blog series will focus on some of the most important facts to know about distracted driving. Taking the time to understand these facts can… Read More