The Slack & Davis Insider’s Guide to Austin: The Coolest Spots Exclusively for AAJ Winter Conference

This year, the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Winter Convention is hosted in our home turf – Austin, TX. As active members of AAJ, we’re proud to sponsor the opening reception and welcome hundreds of accomplished trial lawyers and experts to discuss the latest developments in trial advocacy designed to help you better represent your clients.

For more than 25 years, we’ve seen this town grow into something extraordinary and as a thank you to all AAJ members who are attending the conference, we’ve compiled an exclusive Insider’s Guide to Austin, featuring all of our favorite locales.

So sit back and relax because our Insider’s Guide to Austin has everything you need to know about the sights to see, the local fare and where you can go to kick off your heels and grab a drink (we’ve even provided a handy map).

See below for a detailed look at Slack & Davis’ guide to Austin, or click here.

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Former Slack & Davis Attorney Rusty Allman Passes Away

It is with great sadness that the attorneys of Slack & Davis share that one of our former colleagues, John “Rusty” Chelsea Allman (Commander Ret. USN) passed away on January 16, 2017. Born in Dallas in 1943, Rusty was an accomplished aviation attorney and worked in the firm’s Austin office from 2002 to 2007. He also worked as an attorney to U.S. Airways and Continental Airlines pilots. Prior to entering the legal profession, Rusty—a graduate of the Navy’s prestigious Topgun program—served three tours of duty as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. The State of Texas and the U.S. Senate recognized him for his service to the country and his distinguished career. Rusty will be buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, honorariums may be made to Riverbend Church or the charity of one’s choice.

Eye-Opening Facts About Motor Vehicle Accidents in Texas

As the second most populous state in the country, Texas unfortunately sees its share of fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. According to data gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,531 people died from motor vehicle-related accidents in the state in 2015. This number is nearly 10% of the total number of motor vehicle deaths in the country (38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2015).

In fact, there were no deathless days on Texas roadways—at least one person was killed every two hours and 29 minutes. In 2015, the deadliest day was Saturday, September 26, when 22 people were killed. The deadliest month was October, with 356 fatalities. Serious injuries from crashes in Texas numbered 17,011 and overall injuries reached nearly 250,000, with injuries occurring every two minutes and eight seconds.

Below are more eye-opening numbers about motor vehicle accidents in the state:

• 54.2% of fatal crashes occurred in rural areas.
• 35.5% of fatalities involved single-vehicle, run-off-the road accidents.
• 40.3% of people killed were not wearing seatbelts.
• 27% of those who died were in a vehicle where the driver was under the influence.
• 52% of the 459 motorcyclists who died were not wearing helmets.

Distracted driving resulted in 476 fatalities in Texas. Nationwide, 62% of distracted driving fatalities are caused by the driver being “lost in thought”, or generally inattentive, according to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Cell phone use is second in causing fatalities, at 12%.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are not immune either. Hundreds of pedestrians and bicyclists died in motor vehicle-related accidents in the state in 2015:

• 550 pedestrians were killed, which is a 12.7% increase from 2014.
• 51 bicyclists died, a 2% increase from 2014.

For more facts, visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles crash facts:

The attorneys at Slack & Davis have handled many cases involving traffic-related injuries or deaths. If you or a loved one have been involved in a traffic accident and need help, call us for more information.

See Slack & Davis’ infographic below detailing more eye-opening facts.

10 Eye-Opening Facts From Texas Motor Vehicle Reports

Patients Pay a High Price for Air Ambulance Rides

It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people each year are transported by air ambulance. For some people experiencing a medical emergency, being airlifted to a hospital can mean the difference between life and death. However, for many, emergency transport by air is unnecessary, especially when the astronomical price of the often short ride is taken into account. In many instances, a ground ambulance could do the job just as quickly and at a fraction of the cost. Continue reading

John Jose to Receive the 2016 H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association

John Jose, Managing Partner of Slack & Davis’ Fort Worth office, has been named the 2016 recipient of the H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association (TCTLA). The award will be presented on November 16, 2016 at the TCTLA Annual Meeting.

“We are thrilled to present the H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award to John Jose this year,” said Mark Anderson, President of TCTLA. “John is a worthy recipient of this award, practicing law with high ethical standards and demonstrating exceptional trial advocacy skills throughout his 35-year career.”

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