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Elman Law Group, LLC Wins Big With A Stunning $621,000 Jury Verdict In Cook County (Chicago, Illinois) “Wrist Fracture” Car Accident Case

Anthony R. Elman of Elman Law Group, LLC has successfully achieved a $621,000 jury verdict involving a wrist fracture stemming from a Chicago car accident. The case, John Calhoun vs. Peter Ochoa, was tried in Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago, Illinois.

Elman Law Group took the case to trial after there was a Last Offer to Settle by Defendant (American Family Insurance In House Counsel) of $45,000.

The case involved a 36-year-old plaintiff who was involved in a Chicago car accident, which happened when the defendant, insured by American Family Insurance Company, allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way when his car made a left-hand turn in front of the plaintiff’s car. The plaintiff, who was the front-seat passenger in the car, suffered a wrist injury to his right arm when the deployed airbag hit his arm. The plaintiff had about 2-3 months of post-accident treatment for this wrist fracture. No invasive surgery was ever needed. The treatment consisted of pain medications, wearing a hand cast, physical therapy, and closed reduction non-invasive outpatient surgery. The defense was allowed to introduce into evidence that the plaintiff had a recent felony criminal conviction.

Plaintiff’s medical bills were about $21,000. Anthony Elman’s last settlement demand was $50,000.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Mount Prospect

There was a hit & run accident Sunday evening (March 22, 2015) in Mount Prospect.  Details on the accident, and its causes, appear limited at this time.

According to police, the victim was a 46-year-old man who died after being struck by a car in the 1800 block of West Algonquin Road.  The accident happened at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Additional information and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County hit & run pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 23, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Mount Prospect” as well as the March 23 NBC Chicago article titled “Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Mount Prospect.”

Recent Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accidents

Recently, there have been a number of fatal Chicago and other Cook County pedestrian accidents.  Some of these involved “hit & run” drivers.  In this site, individual pedestrian accidents are highlighted in posts found under the “Hit & Run Accidents” category, as well as under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category.

Chicago pedestrian accidents are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.  This page cites various statistics, as well as provides tips with regard to pedestrian safety.

It should be noted that at least one of the recent Chicago fatal pedestrian accidents happened as the pedestrians were walking in a crosswalk.  Unfortunately, just because a pedestrian is in a crosswalk does not necessarily guarantee safety.  As mentioned on the Chicago Pedestrian Accidents page mentioned above:

Many pedestrian accidents are the fault of motorists. While crosswalks are supposed to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians, in many cases crosswalks go unheeded by motorists.  Various past statistics show that Chicago pedestrian accidents often happen while people walk in a crosswalk – with the “walk” signal.”  As seen in the October 26, 2011 post, titled “City of Chicago Initiative To Highlight Pedestrian Accidents And Pedestrian Safety“:

About 80 percent of vehicle-pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur at intersections and commonly involve people crossing the street with the walk signal, according to a new city study released this summer. The No. 1 cause of the accidents was drivers failing to yield, the analysis found.

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, there are many steps that you should take – including getting a thorough medical examination by a qualified medical professional.  As well, you should protect your legal rights and seek compensation for your injuries and other harm.  Often, people choose to retain a qualified personal injury attorney to seek maximum compensation for injuries sustained during the pedestrian accident.

Woman Dies After Hit & Run Accident In Englewood

There was a fatal hit & run accident in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2015.

According to Chicago Police, this accident involved a car, driven by a 69-year-old driver, hitting a 22-year-old woman who was crossing the street at West 61st and South Halsted Streets.  The accident happened at approximately 1:45 p.m.

The woman was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, where she later died.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman was identified as Jazzalyn Fontanez, 22, of Chicago.

The driver continued driving until he was stopped by Chicago Police about a mile away.

According to Chicago Police, charges are pending against the driver.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 13, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Woman Dies After Being Struck By Car, Charges Pending, Police Say” as well as the March 13 CBS Chicago article titled “Pregnant Woman Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In Englewood.”

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Regarding Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accident

In the March 7, 2015 post, titled “Three People Fatally Struck By Truck In Chicago,” a fatal March 6 Chicago pedestrian accident involving a truck striking Elizabeth Peralta-Luna, 30, of Chicago and her two children is summarized.  Chicago Police at the time of the accident cited the driver of the truck, identified as Zachary Barngrover, 23, of Iowa, with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk as well as making an improper left turn.

Since that post a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding the accident.  The lawsuit was filed Monday (March 9) in Cook County Circuit Court by Peralta-Luna’s aunt, Maricela Ruiz. It names Barngrover and the Monson & Sons trucking company as defendants.

The lawsuit makes a variety of allegations.  An excerpt from the March 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Lawsuit filed against semi driver in accident that killed woman, 2 kids“:

The lawsuit claimed that when turning left from 43rd Street onto Ashland on Friday, Barngrover failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield and give the right-of-way to Peralta-Luna and her two kids. The lawsuit also claimed the driver was using a cellphone while driving.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit as well as the underlying accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the CBS Chicago article of March 10 titled “Family Sues Driver, Trucking Company Over Accident That Killed Mom, 2 Kids.”

Crash Kills Pedestrian On Chicago’s West Side

A man faces several charges after allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian with his car Thursday afternoon (March 5, 2015) on Chicago’s West Side.

The accident happened at approximately 1:20 p.m. Thursday, as the driver, identified as Harry Clemons, 35, of Chicago, was driving a Cadillac Seville northbound in the 300 block of South Pulaski.  At that point, his car struck a pedestrian, and then hit several parked vehicles, according to Chicago Police.

The pedestrian who was struck was identified as Andrew Smith, 41, of Chicago.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Smith was pronounced dead at 1:54 p.m.

Clemons, as well as two passengers in his car – including his daughter –  all were hurt during the crash and taken to hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

An excerpt from the March 8 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “$500K Bond for man charged in crash that killed pedestrian on West Side“:

Harry Clemons, 35, has been charged with aggravated DUI involving a death, aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm, failure to reduce speed, failure to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and driving on a revoked license, according to Chicago Police.

The Chicago Tribune article of March 8, 2015, titled “Prosecutor:  Stoned motorist killed pedestrian, hurt daughter in crash” discusses the crash and events leading up to it, according to prosecutors.  Clemons was allegedly in a “drug-addled stupor” previous to the crash.

An excerpt from the article, describing Clemons’ actions prior to striking the pedestrian:

He turned onto Pulaski and sped the 2000 Cadillac Seville up to 65 mph, Hanichak said, and began jerking the wheel, causing the car to swerve.

Smith was crossing the street when Clemons struck him, according to Hanichak and court records.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.

Three People Fatally Struck By Truck In Chicago

There was a fatal Chicago pedestrian accident in the Back of the Yards neighborhood (South Side) Friday afternoon, March 6, 2015.  Three people, including a mother and her two children, died a short time after being struck by a semi truck.

Details regarding the cause of the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue.

After striking the three pedestrians, the truck driver drove for another block before stopping, apparently not realizing that he had hit people.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the mother, identified as Elizabeth Peralta-Luna, 30, of Chicago, was declared dead at 5:27 p.m. after being taken to Stroger Hospital.

The two children, identified as Elizabeth Peralta, 9, and Dylan Peralta, 4, were pronounced dead after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of March 7, 2015 titled “Police: Chicago mother, 2 kids dead after being hit by truck“:

Witnesses told WGN-TV that the mother and two children were holding hands as they crossed the street and the mother was dragged for a distance after the impact. Clerks at a nearby Cricket Wireless store told WGN-TV that Peralta-Luna had been shopping for a phone for her daughter before picking up her son at a day care nearby.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the myfoxchicago article of March 6 titled “Mom, 2 children dead after being hit by semi-truck on South Side.”

Woman Injured During Hit & Run Accident In Chicago’s Dunning Neighborhood

Chicago Police are continuing to search for the driver involved in a hit & run accident that happened on February 24, 2015 in Chicago’s Dunning neighborhood.  The woman struck by the car was injured and admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

According to Chicago Police, the hit & run accident happened at approximately 6:25 p.m. in the 3400 block of North Harlem Avenue.  The woman hit was 55 years old, and she was struck while attempting to cross the street.

An excerpt from the March 2, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Driver Sought in Dunning Hit-and-Run That Critically Injured Woman“:

At the scene, police recovered parts of the blue, green, pearl-metallic colored 2000 or 2001 Toyota Camry.

Police said the passenger side headlight and passenger side front door are expected to be damaged.

Those with information concerning this Chicago hit & run accident are asked to contact Chicago Police at 312-745-4521.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo article mentioned above, as well as the March 2 CBS Chicago article titled “Police Asking For Public’s Help In Finding Driver In NW Side Hit And Run.”

Driving While Intoxicated In Illinois

Accidents caused by intoxicated motorists (DUI) continues to be a problematical issue in Illinois as well as nationally.  According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2013 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) report, of the 895 fatal crashes in Illinois in 2013, 33.2% involved alcohol.  In addition to these fatal crashes, there were additional non-fatal crashes involving drivers who were intoxicated, involving a range of accidents between vehicles as well as those involving pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcycles.  Drinking while driving also appears to be a primary cause of “wrong-way driver” accidents as well as being a major factor in Chicago area hit & run accidents.

The reasons and contributing factors for these alcohol-related accidents are many.  There have been various steps taken to try to reduce drinking while driving, including increased enforcement efforts.

However, there remain reasons for concern over the way in which Illinois drunk drivers are handled and processed, as seen in the February 28, 2015 Chicago Tribune published an article titled “DUI paperwork mistakes allow thousands of drivers back on Illinois roads.”

An excerpt from the article:

Bureaucratic mix-ups have let thousands of drunken drivers avoid mandatory license suspensions and stay on the roads, a Tribune investigation has found.

In addition to discussing the issue, the article also provides various statistics regarding the problem.

Fatal Car Crash On Chicago’s Northwest Side

There was a fatal car accident early Sunday morning (February 22, 2015) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood (Northwest Side.)

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened at approximately 2:13 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Pulaski Road.  The crash happened after a woman, identified as Joanna Balbuena, 28, was driving south and for currently unknown reasons lost control of her vehicle.  The car drove into opposing traffic and collided with another car just to the north of North Pulaski and West Diversey Avenues.

No one else was hurt in the crash.

The crash is still currently under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigations Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago fatal car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 22, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with crash scene photo) titled “Woman, 26, killed in car crash on Northwest Side” as well as the February 22 dnainfo.com article titled “Woman Killed in Avondale Wreck.”

Pedestrian Accident In Park Ridge, Illinois

Chicago and other Cook County pedestrian accidents and related statistics are discussed in a variety of pedestrian accident posts, as well as on the Chicago Pedestrian Accidents page.  Pedestrian accidents often result in serious accident injuries – as well as fatalities – and as such pedestrian safety is an important issue.  An excerpt from that page:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published pedestrian safety tips at its “Everyone is a pedestrian” site.  Walking safety tips are also provided for children and older adults.

If one is involved in a pedestrian accident, there are many steps that one should take – including getting a thorough medical examination by a qualified medical professional, as well as protecting one’s legal rights and attaining appropriate injury (and other harm) compensation.  Often, people choose to retain a qualified personal injury attorney to seek maximum compensation for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident.

Last night (February 18, 2015) there was another Cook County pedestrian accident in Park Ridge, Illinois.  This accident caused the pedestrian, a 73-year-old woman, to sustain injuries including those to the head, pelvis and ankle.  The injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Park Ridge pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 19, 2015 Park Ridge Herald-Advocate (Chicago Tribune) article titled “Woman struck, injured while crossing Uptown Park Ridge street.”