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.
There was a Chicago “wrong-way driver” accident early this morning (November 24, 2014) on the Kennedy Expressway.
Details concerning this “wrong-way” driver crash appear somewhat limited at this time.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 2:05 a.m. on the West Ohio Street entrance ramp onto the southbound Kennedy.
Two cars were involved in the collision. Three people were injured and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening.
Additional details regarding this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 24, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “3 people hurt in wrong-way crash on I-90” as well as the November 24 CBS Chicago article titled “Three Hurt In Wrong Way Crash On Kennedy Expressway.”
As discussed on the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, there have been many reasons for Cook County and other Chicago-area crashes. One of the reasons listed is “Police car chases,” as discussed in the following:
Police pursuits can contribute to car collisions and vehicle collisions, as the car being pursued is often traveling at unsafe speeds (and perhaps in other reckless manners) in order to elude pursuit. There have been many instances in the Chicago area where a police pursuit ends in a car collision.
Of course, there are many other instances of crashes not including a police chase, but does include speeding stolen vehicles. Often, this results in erratic and reckless driving that produces a hazard both to those who are trying to evade police as well as to other drivers.
The overall topic is of particular concern, as recently there have been a number of crashes involving police chases and otherwise stolen, speeding vehicles. Many of these crashes caused accident injuries.
A few of the most recent incidents include:
- A November 19, 2014 car crash in which an allegedly stolen SUV crashed into a home in Alsip, as discussed in the November 19 nbcchicago.com article titled “Car Crashes Into Alsip Home After Police Chase.”
- A November 14, 2014 police chase in Lake County, as seen in the November 14 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Report: Police chase ends with crash, shooting in Third Lake“
- An October 21, 2014 fatal collision in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood involving a stolen minivan, as discussed in the October 22 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 charged after stolen minivan kills woman in Park Manor crash.”
- An October 8, 2014 fatal crash involving a stolen car in Chicago’s South Lawndale neighborhood, as discussed in the October 8 CBS Chicago article titled “Police: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt When Stolen Car Crashes In South Lawndale.”
Other previous crashes of this nature can be seen in this website.
There was an accident this morning (November 20, 2014) in Palatine in which a runner was hit by a car. The runner is a member of the Palatine High School Cross Country team.
According to Palatine Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:45 a.m. as the runner – identified as an 18-year-old male student, was running north in the crosswalk across Palatine Road at Rohlwing Road. At that time, he was struck by a car that was turning left from Rohlwing onto Palatine Road. After being struck, the runner hit the ground and, according to Palatine Police, suffered injuries including “severe head trauma.”
The runner was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
At the time of the accident, the runner was running with other members of the Palatine High School Cross Country team.
The driver of the car, identified as a 39-year-old male, was not injured in the accident.
This accident remains under investigation and citations are pending.
Additional details and possible updates regarding this Cook County running accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 20, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Palatine high school student struck by car while running” as well as the November 20 Daily Herald article titled “Palatine HS cross county runner seriously injured when struck by car.”
There was a single-car crash in Chicago’s Jackson Park neighborhood around midnight last night.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, the accident happened as a minivan was traveling west on East Marquette Drive. At South Richards Drive, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed into a tree. At some point the minivan caught fire, but the seven occupants of the vehicle – including five children and two adults – were able to get out before emergency responders arrived at the accident scene.
All seven vehicle occupants were taken to hospitals and were said to be in serious-to-critical condition, although all accident injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening in nature.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 19, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “5 children, 2 adults injured in Jackson Park crash” as well as the November 19 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “5 children, 2 adults injured after van crashes into tree, catches fire in Jackson Park.”
There was a Chicago “wrong-way driver” accident on the Kennedy Expressway early Sunday morning, November 16, 2014.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened in the northbound lanes of I-90/94 at approximately 3:50 a.m., as a car was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes near North Avenue. At that point, the car struck another vehicle.
The “wrong-way driver” as well as the two occupants of the hit vehicle all suffered accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature. All three people were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The “wrong-way driver” was charged with driving under the influence.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago “wrong-way driver” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 16 Chicago Tribune article titled “Wrong-way crash on Kennedy Expressway leaves 3 seriously hurt” as well as the November 16 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Four hurt in wrong-way crash on Kennedy.”
A bicycle has died from his injuries following a Chicago bicycle accident that happened on September 27, 2014.
The man, Joseph Korner, 78, of Chicago, died on November 6 at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
According to Chicago Police, the bicycle accident that injured Korner happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. on September 27 as he was riding in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, in the 3500 block of North Lincoln. At that time, Korner’s bicycle was struck from behind by a 2013 Mazda sedan.
An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 10, 2014, titled “Bicyclist dies more than a month after being struck by car in Lake View“:
The Mazda’s driver, a 90-year-old North Side man, was cited at the time of the accident for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said. He appeared in traffic court on Oct. 17.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the November 10, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bicyclist, 78, dies after being hit by car in Lakeview.”
There was another Chicago area “wrong-way driver” incident early this morning (November 9, 2014) which involved an accident on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) near Damen Avenue.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) say they received calls regarding a driver traveling in the wrong direction (driving northbound in the southbound lanes) of I-55 near Damen Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m.
Shortly after this time, the “wrong-way driver” – identified as a 22-year-old woman from Chicago – collided “head on” with another vehicle. That vehicle was driven by a 29-year-old woman from Willowbrook, Illinois.
The driver from Willowbrook had to be extricated from her vehicle, and was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.
The “wrong-way driver” was also taken to a hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, which were considered to be minor injuries.
Charges against the “wrong-way driver” are said to be pending.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 9, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 women seriously injured after wrong-way crash on I-55” as well as the abc7chicago.com article of November 9 titled “2 critically injured in wrong-way crash on I-55.”
There was a hit & run accident on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive last night (November 5, 2014) in which six people were injured.
According to Chicago Police, this hit & run accident happened at approximately 11:40 p.m., just south of the LSD S-curve. At that time, a SUV – which was said to be driving erratically – struck a cab in the 900 block of North Lake Shore Drive. The cab then hit an outer concrete barrier and flipped over.
The SUV then struck a Jeep from behind, and the Jeep struck the concrete barrier and spun out.
The six people injured were all adults, and all were taken to local hospitals. While none of the accident injuries were considered to be life-threatening in nature, three people were reported to be in serious-to-critical condition, two were in fair-to-serious condition, and the last of those injured was in good condition.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County hit & run accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 6, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Six hospitalized after multiple-car crash on Lake Shore Drive” as well as the November 6 NBC Chicago article titled “6 Injured in Lake Shore Drive Hit-and-Run Crash.”
There was a pedestrian accident in Winnetka, Illinois on Friday night (October 31, 2014) in which a 3-year-old boy was struck by a car as he was out trick-or-treating.
According to the Winnetka Police Department, the accident happened in the 1400 block of Asbury Avenue at approximately 5:52 p.m., as the boy ran into the street.
The boy was taken to Northshore Evanston Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, and was reported to be in good condition.
The driver of the car was identified as a 24-year-old woman from Winnetka.
This accident remains under investigation. No citations have been issued.
No citations have been issued as a result of the accident, which is still under investigation.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 31, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Boy, 3, struck by car while trick-or-treating” as well as the October 31 Winnetka-Glencoe Patch article titled “3-Year-Old Hit by Car While Trick-or-Treating in Winnetka.”
There was a fatal Cook County pedestrian accident Wednesday (October 29, 2014) in Homewood, Illinois.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the accident happened early in the morning, as a man was struck by the vehicle near 183rd Street and Gottschalk Avenue.
The man was identified as Joseph Coghlan, 83, of Homewood.
Coghlan was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 5:13 a.m. A subsequent autopsy showed that he died of head injuries sustained in the accident.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 31 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, 83, struck and killed by vehicle in Homewood” as well as the October 31 CBS Chicago article titled “Man, 83, Struck And Killed By Vehicle In Homewood.”