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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 Chicago Heights Motorcycle Accident Along Chicago Road

There was a fatal Chicago Heights motorcycle accident Wednesday (July 11, 2018) evening.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  It is unclear as to what caused the crash.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the July 13, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcycle dies in Chicago Heights crash“:

Daniel Montiel, 35, of Chicago Heights was riding the motorcycle about 11:10 p.m. at 2515 Chicago Rd. when he crashed into a vehicle, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Montiel was taken to Saint James Hospital, where he died within the hour, the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy revealed that Montiel died from accident injuries related to the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago Heights motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Homewood Motorcycle Accident Involving Car-Motorcycle Collision

There was a fatal Homewood motorcycle accident Saturday (July 7, 2018) morning in Homewood.  While the accident remains under investigation, the collision appears to involve a car that made a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

An excerpt concerning the Homewood motorcycle accident, from the July 10, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Homewood crash“:

A Nissan Altima was northbound at 10:11 a.m. when it made a left turn into a parking lot in the 18200 block of Halsted Street in Homewood, according to a statement from Homewood police. A southbound motorcycle driven by 37-year-old Kyle Ladewig then hit the passenger side of the Nissan.

Ladewig, of Steger, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 11 a.m.  A subsequent autopsy revealed that Ladewig died from his accident injuries.

The driver of the Nissan Altima was not injured during the collision.

This fatal Homewood motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Homewood Police Department and the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team.

Those who may have witnessed the collision are asked to call Homewood Police at (708) 206-3420.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

July 8, 2018 Fatal Motorcycle Collision On Chicago’s South Side

There was a fatal motorcycle collision on Chicago’s South Side on Sunday (July 8, 2018) afternoon.  The crash happened in the Longwood Manor neighborhood and involved a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle.

An excerpt regarding the collision, from the July 9, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies in South Side crash“:

Edward Davis, 40, was riding a motorcycle about 3:25 p.m. in a left turn lane facing south on Halsted Street at 95th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

He then decided to continue south on Halsted, and pulled out into the intersection, but hit a vehicle that was turning left in the northbound lanes of Halsted, police said.

Davis, of Chicago, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  He later died there.

There were no other injuries due to the collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal motorcycle collision on Chicago’s South Side can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 9 abc7chicago.com article titled “Motorcyclist killed in South Side crash identified.”

Police Chase Involving Stolen Jeep Ends In Fatal River North Collision

Both during and after a police chase, the vehicle being pursued sometimes crashes.  There are many reasons why these crashes occur.  Often, the vehicle being pursued is traveling at unsafe speeds and/or in a reckless manner.  As well, traffic control devices are often not heeded.  There have been many Chicago crashes which have occurred that have involved drivers who were attempting to elude police.

There was a fatal crash Wednesday (June 20, 2018) night which led to fatal injuries to one person as well as non-fatal injuries to three other people.  The collision involved a taxi and a Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been reported as stolen and was involved in a police chase.

According to Chicago Police, at 10:54 p.m. Chicago Police attempted to pull over a white Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 500 block of North State Street.  The Jeep had been reported as stolen.   The driver of the Jeep then sped off southbound on State Street.

The driver of the Jeep then turned westbound and ran a red light at Dearborn, at which time it struck a northbound taxi.  In turn, the taxi hit two pedestrians who were on a sidewalk.

A passenger in the taxi, identified as Diana J. Lampsa, 66, of Palmyra, Wisconsin, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, she was declared dead there.

The two pedestrians who were hit by the taxi, identified as being a 45-year-old man and 48-year-old woman, were taken to hospitals for medical treatment of their accident injuries, which included possibly broken legs.

The driver of the taxi, identified as a 65-year-old man, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be minor injuries.

The occupants of the Jeep were not injured during the crash.

This accident involving a police chase is being investigated by Chicago Police, including the Chicago Police Department Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 21, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article (with video) titled “Woman killed when stolen vehicle flees cops, strikes taxi on Near North Side” as well as the June 21 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Woman killed in River North after stolen Jeep fleeing police strikes taxi identified.”

Bicycle Accidents That Occur In The Chicago Area

Bicycling accidents have often been discussed on this site, as they often lead to a range of serious if not life-threatening accident injuries.  Some bicycle accidents lead to the death of the bicyclist, either at the accident scene or afterward.

During a bicycle accident, the bicyclist can be subject to very strong and unnatural forces during the collision.  Individual Chicago area bicycle accidents are summarized in posts found under the “Bicycling Accidents” category.  Additional discussion of bicycle accidents – including types of bicycle accidents as well as medical and legal considerations – can be found on the “Bicycling Accidents In Cook County” and “Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages.  As discussed on those pages, there are many types of bicycle accidents, including those that are the fault of the bicyclist as well as those that are the fault of a motorist or other person.   As mentioned on those pages, it is highly recommended that someone who has been injured during a bicycle accident receive proper medical care and attend to legal issues as soon as possible after the accident.

There was a fatal bicycle accident Wednesday (June 13, 2018) night in the West Town neighborhood.  Details on the accident are somewhat limited; the circumstances surrounding the bicycle accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the collision involved a bicycle and a car (a Lexus) in the 600 block of North Ogden.  At the time of the crash the Lexus was turning north onto Ogden Avenue from Erie.

The bicyclist, identified as a 41-year-old man, was declared dead after being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, a subsequent autopsy indicated that he died from multiple injuries resulting from the accident.

An excerpt from the June 14, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “West Town crash kills bicyclist on Ogden“:

The 40-year-old man driving the Lexus was issued a citation for failure to exercise due care, police said.

Additional discussion concerning Chicago bicycle accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Pedestrian Accidents In Chicago Neighborhoods Lead To Serious Injuries

Pedestrian safety continues to be a substantial traffic safety concern.  As seen in Chicago area pedestrian accidents, many of which have been summarized on this site, when someone has been hit by a vehicle a range of serious accident injuries can result from the collision.  In many cases these injuries are life-threatening in nature and many have led to the death of the pedestrian.

After pedestrian accidents, lawsuits are often filed in instances where the motorist was at fault.  While there are many reasons why personal injury lawsuits may be filed, one of the primary reasons is that those injured seek to recover medical costs and other expenses that have been incurred due to the accident injuries.  In an accident leading to a fatality, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed.

Recently there have been incidents in which pedestrians have been hit in Chicago.  One was a fatal pedestrian accident in the Belmont Terraceneighborhood.  Another was a pedestrian accident in the Cragin neighborhood in which a 4-year-old boy suffered various injuries including a fractured skull.

According to Chicago Police, the collision which involved the boy occurred on Wednesday (June 6, 2018) evening in the 5000 block of West Montana Street.  In this accident the boy was in critical condition, and was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital for treatment of his fractured skull and other injuries.  The accident is further discussed in the June 6, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “4-year-old boy struck by vehicle, seriously injured in Cragin.”

According to Chicago Police, the fatal pedestrian accident in the Belmont Terrace neighborhood happened early Tuesday (June 5, 2018) evening.  Details on this accident appear limited.  However, the accident happened in the 8300 block of West Belmont.  The man who was struck was identified as Paul J. Gunia, 61.  He died from his accident injuries the next day.  The accident is discussed in the June 11, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle on Northwest Side.”

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

“Wrong-Way Driver” Crashes On Lake Shore Drive And The Dan Ryan

“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois.  As seen in the “Wrong-Way Driver Accidents” posts on this site, in which many such accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” are summarized, when a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur.  Often, such crashes are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds.  “Head-on collisions” of this nature often cause serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries to vehicle occupants.  Most “wrong-way driver” crashes involve drunk drivers or drivers who are impaired because of drug use.

In the last couple of days there have been two accidents involving “wrong-way drivers.”  The first happened on Lake Shore Drive during Thursday (June 7, 2018) morning’s rush hour.  In this crash, both the “wrong-way” driver as well as another car’s driver were injured and taken to the hospital.  An excerpt regarding this crash, which involved a driver that had been previously involved in another crash, from the June 7, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorist drives the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive during morning rush hour…“:

About 10 minutes later, the driver who fled the first crash was seen driving south in the northbound lanes in the 5200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said. The fleeing driver then crashed into a black Mercedes, police said.

The second “wrong-way driver” crash happened on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Friday (June 8, 2018) morning.  An excerpt regarding this crash from the June 8, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Dan Ryan wrong-way crash caused by DUI driver, state police say“:

A Chicago woman is likely facing driving drunk charges after causing a head-on collision early Friday on the Dan Ryan when she drove the wrong way on the expressway, authorities said.

The 19-year-old was driving a 2007 Toyota sedan north in the southbound lanes when she struck a 2005 Cadillac SUV in the left lanes of Interstate 94 about 2:55 a.m. near 63rd Street, according to Illinois State Police.

In this crash, both the driver of the Toyota as well as a passenger, as well as the driver of the Cadillac SUV, were injured and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment of their accident injuries.

Additional details concerning these “wrong-way drivers” can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Edgebrook Crash Where A Vehicle “Rear-Ended” A Motorcycle

A vehicle “rear-ended” a motorcycle Thursday (June 7, 2018) evening in Chicago’s Edgebrook neighborhood.  The fatal motorcycle crash was a hit-and-run accident in which the vehicle – likely a car – left the accident scene.

According to Chicago Police, the fatal crash happened at approximately 7:45 p.m., as the motorcyclist was riding in the 5100 block of West Devon Avenue.  At that time, the motorcycle was “rear-ended” by a vehicle described as small and black.  The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle and he hit a tree.

The motorcyclist was identified as Steven Lajin, 22, of the West Rogers Park neighborhood.  He was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead.

The motorcycle accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident in which a vehicle “rear-ended” a motorcycle can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 8, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run crash on NW Side” as well as the June 8 abc7chicago.com article (with video and remembrances) titled “Motorcyclist killed in Edgebrook hit-and-run; driver sought.”

Cook County Driving While Impaired By Drugs And Accidents

Driving while impaired by drugs is becoming increasingly common, and, in addition to drunk driving, continues to be a significant traffic safety issue both nationally as well as locally, such as in Cook County as well as throughout the Chicago area.   This “drugged driving” can include many drugs, with commonly-involved drugs including marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine.  If “mixed drug use” occurs, the level of impairment can increase.  As well, if alcohol is used with the drugs, an increased level of impairment can occur.  The subject of drug-impaired driving is further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.   Various Cook County accidents in which the driver was impaired by drugs are mentioned.  As seen in these accidents, many result in serious injuries, and some of these injuries resulted in fatalities.

Driving while impaired by drugs is the subject of the May 31, 2018 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) press release (with full report) titled “Marijuana, Opioids Most Common Drugs Found in Fatally Injured Drivers.”

Two excerpts from the press release:

new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that in 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% just 10 years prior. More than half of these drivers had marijuana, opioids, or a combination of the two in their system.

also:

“Too many people operate under the false belief that marijuana or opioids don’t impair their ability to drive, or even that these drugs make them safer drivers,” noted GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Busting this myth requires states to expand their impaired driving campaigns to include marijuana and opioids along with alcohol to show drivers that impairment is impairment, regardless of substance.”

Additional details concerning this driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

On this site, Cook County accidents involving the driver’s use of drugs and/or alcohol can be seen in posts found under the “DUI” category.

Motorcycle Accident On A Chicago Expressway Injures Motorcyclist

There was a motorcycle accident on a Chicago expressway  Monday (May 28, 2018) on a ramp from the Dan Ryan Expressway to the Stevenson Expressway.

Details on the motorcycle accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the motorcycle crash does not appear to be publicly available.

The accident is discussed in the May 28, 2018 abc7chicago.com article titled “Northbound express lanes on Dan Ryan Expressway reopen after accident.”

It is being reported that the motorcyclist was injured, and the injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle accident on a Chicago expressway can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.