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New Puzzle: Why Fewer are Killed in Car Crashes

The number of drivers involved in fatal wrecks who were eating, talking on a phone or otherwise distracted rose 42% from 2005 to 2008. But that’s just one way to read a new study of highway deaths. Another way is that “inattentive” or distracted driving was recorded as a “primary” factor for just 7% of the 50,430 drivers involved in fatal wrecks in 2008. The broader trend was that the number of total road fatalities dropped in 2009 to 33,963, down 22% from 43,510 in 2005. That’s the fastest rate of decline in traffic deaths in peacetime since the dawn… Read More

Robert Haslam and Patrick Gallagher were both Recognized by Texas Monthly as a “Super Lawyer” and Fort Worth magazine as a “Top Attorney” for 2010

Robert Haslam and Patrick Gallagher were both Recognized by Texas Monthly as a “Super Lawyer” and Fort Worth magazine as a “Top Attorney” for 2010 . Robert Haslam Link Patrick Gallagher Link Patrick Gallagher was selected by Super Lawyer for successfully representing clients seriously injured by dangerous products against manufactures in product liability lawsuits

Extend tax cuts, strangle runaway spending

For newly empowered congressional Republicans, Priority One must be an extension of the Bush tax cuts. There should be enough votes not only from a new Republican majority, but also from some of the decimated and dispirited (and even newly elected) Democrats. If President Barack Obama is smart, he won’t veto the bill. If the tax cuts are allowed to expire, everyone who gets a paycheck and has taxes withheld is going to see less money in the “net” column starting Jan. 1. Bloomberg.com has published some calculations. It reports that, according to the Tax Institute at H&R Block, “for… Read More

Robert Haslam and Richard “Racehorse” Haynes – Houston May 2010

Fort Worth trial attorney, Robert Haslam and Richard “Racehorse” Haynes appear in trial together in Houston –  May 2010.  

Letter from Racehorse Haynes to “Crackerjack” Bob

Have a look at the scanned copy of the letter.

Robert Haslam Accepts Membership in APITLA

Robert Haslam has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLAerica). Their motto is: “Attorneys working together to put the brakes on unsafe trucking companies” 

Robert Haslam Selected as one of ATLA’s Top 100 Lawyers for 2009

The American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) selected Robert Haslam as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2009 in the State of Texas

The Story of the Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Chippewa.  They would tie sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame–in a somewhat similar pattern to how they tied webbing for their snowshoes–and hang this “dream-catcher” as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. The legend is that the bad dreams will get caught in the web. Traditionally Native American dreamcatchers are small (only a few inches across) and made of bent wood and sinew string with a feather hanging from the netting, but wrapping the frame in leather is also pretty common, and today… Read More

Health insurers saw big profits last year

Star-Telegram Feb. 11, 2010 By NOAM N. LEVEY Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As the nation struggled last year with rising healthcare costs and a recession, the five largest health insurance companies racked up combined profits of $12.2 billion — up 56 percent over 2008, according to a new report by liberal healthcare activists. Based on company financial reports for 2009 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the report said insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Cigna Corp., Aetna and Humana Inc. covered 2.7 million fewer people than they did the year before. The report Thursday also said three of… Read More