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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.

Man Dies Following Lake Shore Drive Accident

Due to high traffic volumes as well as other factors, such as numerous entries and exits and weather-related issues, a significant number of traffic crashes happen on Lake Shore Drive (LSD).

Recently, there was an accident on Lake Shore Drive from which a 23-year-old man later died.  Details regarding the accident – and especially its causes – appear limited at this time.

The Chicago Sun-Times article of February 12, 2016, titled “Elmwood Park man dies after car crash on Lake Shore Drive” summarizes the accident.

An excerpt:

Daryl Ratliff, of the 7700 block of West Grand Avenue in Elmwood Park, was involved in a car accident on Feb. 8 near Lake Shore Drive and 69th Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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

Driver Dies Following Crash In Park Ridge

There was a traffic accident in Park Ridge Thursday morning (February 11, 2016) after which a woman died.

According to the Park Ridge Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 9:55 a.m., at the intersection of Dee Road and Talcott Road.   At that time, a collision occurred as a woman driving southbound on Talcott attempted to make a left-hand turn.  In doing so, another vehicle traveling northbound, with the green light, struck the car.  After this initial collision, the northbound vehicle then struck another car.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman who was attempting to turn left at the time of the crash, identified as Jean Nelson, 81, of Des Plaines, then “became unresponsive at the accident scene, after complaining of chest pains.”  She was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, and later in the morning pronounced dead.

There were no other significant injuries reported in the accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Park Ridge collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 11, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Elderly woman dies after three-vehicle crash in Park Ridge” as well as the February 11 Daily Herald article titled “Des Plaines woman dies in three-vehicle crash in Park Ridge.”

Two Accidents In Wilmette And Northbrook

Recently there have been two Cook County accidents, one fatal, in the north suburban cities of Wilmette and Northbrook.

The first accident happened Friday night (February 5, 2016) in Wilmette.  While details of the accident – and especially its causes – appear limited at this time, the accident apparently involved a 71-year-old woman being struck by a Lexus just after 11:00 p.m. in the 400 block of 10th Street.  The woman was taken to Evanston Hospital in critical condition; the driver of the car was not hurt during the accident.

Additional details regarding this accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 6, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman, 71, hurt in crash in Wilmette.”

The second accident happened on Saturday (February 6, 2016) and was a fatal train accident in Northbrook.

In this accident, a man, identified as Michael Waldron, 28, of Northbrook, was fatally struck by a freight train, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Additional details regarding this fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 7 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man fatally struck by freight train near Metra tracks in Northbrook.”

Man Dies Following Richton Park Pedestrian Accident

There was a fatal pedestrian accident late Sunday (January 31, 2016) in Richton Park.

According to Richton Park Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the accident happened at 11:43 p.m. on Governors Highway near Sauk Trail.  At that time, a SUV struck the pedestrian in the middle of the roadway.

The pedestrian was identified as Joe Crosby, 45, of Richton Park.  He was taken to Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields for treatment of his accident injuries, and later pronounced dead.

An excerpt from the February 1, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “45-year-old man fatally struck by SUV in Richton Park“:

Police said Crosby was wearing dark clothing and the 53-year-old woman driving the SUV did not see him in the intersection. There is no indication the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The accident remains under investigation.

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

Man Dies Following Chicago Chain-Reaction Crash

There was a fatal car accident in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood Monday night, January 18, 2016.

An excerpt from the January 21, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “No bond for driver charged with DUI in fatal NW side crash“:

A 19-year-old man who admitted drinking beer, smoking pot and taking muscle relaxers before causing a fatal crash Monday night on the Northwest Side was ordered held without bond Thursday.

Mishel Lame, 19, was charged with aggravated DUI causing a fatal accident, and cited for negligent driving, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to Chicago Police.

According to prosecutors, the accident happened at 7:25 p.m. as a white 2011 BMW driven by Lame was allegedly speeding northbound in the 5100 block of North Nagle.

Then, a collision occurred, which then caused a “chain-reaction” crash.  An excerpt from the January 21 article titled “Teen Drank, Smoked Pot, Took Muscle Relaxers Before Fatal Crash:  Court“:

Lame was driving a white BMW northbound on Nagle Avenue when he rear-ended a Jeep that was stopped at the intersection of Nagle and Carmen, prosecutors said. The Jeep slammed into a Lexus that was stopped in front of it — sending the Lexus into oncoming traffic, where it crashed into a Honda that had been heading south on Nagle, according to Salas-Wail.

Meanwhile, Lame’s BWM spun around and struck a tree on the east side of Nagle, prosecutors said, knocking down the tree. Lame had been speeding, according to police.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw Lame standing on the sidewalk about 10 feet from the BMW. His passenger, 20-year-old Marion-Mario Tahiraj, was trapped inside Lame’s car, prosecutors said.

Tahiraj had to be extricated from the car, and he was then taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was later pronounced dead.

None of the occupants in the other vehicles (the Jeep, Lexus or Honda) were seriously injured in the chain-reaction crash.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and dnainfo.com articles mentioned above.

Semi Truck Overturns During Edens Accident

There was a multi-vehicle accident Thursday (January 21, 2016) on the Edens Expressway near Skokie.  During the accident, a semi truck rolled over, took down a light pole, and blocked all northbound lanes.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened on I-94 near Dempster Street at approximately 7:20 a.m.  The truck was involved in a multi-vehicle accident involving three other vehicles.

According to the Skokie Fire Department, no injuries were reported in the accident.

As one might expect, traffic delays were substantial.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 21,2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Two lanes reopen after semi overturns on Edens” as well as the January 21 fox32chicago.com article titled “Overturned semi blocks all lanes on NB Edens near Skokie.”

Man Dies After Being Struck By Van On The Edens Expressway

A man died following being struck by a van early this morning (January 20, 2016) on the Edens Expressway in Wilmette.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 12:45 a.m.  The accident happened after a SUV pulled onto the left shoulder of the northbound Edens near Skokie Boulevard after the SUV ran out of gas.  The SUV also had three other occupants.

As a 19-year-old man from the SUV attempted to walk across the lanes on the Edens, he was struck by a van.

The man was taken to Evanston Northshore Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

An excerpt from the January 20, 2016 Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch article titled “Teen Struck, Killed While Trying to Cross Edens Expressway“:

No one else in the stalled car was hurt in the crash and the van driver is not expected to be cited, according to WGN TV. The northbound lanes of I-94 were closed for about four hours following the crash, CBS Chicago reports.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch article mentioned above, as well as the January 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Teen struck and killed trying to cross Edens Expressway.”

Enforcing Bike Lanes In Chicago

Bicycling safety remains a critical issue, especially given that Chicago bicycling has been growing in popularity both as a recreational activity as well as a means for commuting to work.

In this site, bicycle safety issues – as well as bicycling accidents – are further discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” page and are also seen in the “bicycle accidents” category.

One way that cities are trying to improve safety for bicyclists is the creation of bike lanes.  These bike lanes create a dedicated area in which bicyclists can ride, separated from traffic.  In theory, these bike lanes should decrease the number of bicycle accidents and collisions, and possibly lessen other incidents like dooring accidents.

However, bicycle lanes often are only denoted by painted lines, and as such vehicles can – and often do – inappropriately drive and/or park in these bicycle lanes.

The dnainfo.com article of January 14, 2016, titled “A Cyclist’s Revenge:  City Cracking Down on Cars in Bike Lanes, Data Shows” discusses the City of Chicago’s efforts to cite motorists who violate bike lanes, as well as associated issues.

Excerpts from the article include:

In 2015, the city issued 2,473 tickets for the violation, which carries a $150 fine, through the middle of December. That’s slightly higher than in 2014, when 2,331 tickets were issued and more than double than in 2011, when 1,115 tickets were issued, according to the data.

also:

About 1 in every 1,250 parking tickets in Chicago are for parking in bike lanes. The city issued more than 12.2 million parking tickets between December 2010 and December 2015.

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Since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011, the city has added 106 miles of buffered or protected bike lanes, which brings the city’s total up to 292 miles, according to Mike Claffey, a spokesman for CDOT.

According to Claffey, the increase in the number of tickets is due to the city “stepp[ing] up efforts to keep [bike lanes] free of parked and stopped vehicles, both through education and enforcement.”

Additional details – including an interactive map of where tickets have been issued – and possible updates can be seen in the dnainfo.com article mentioned above.

Woman Struck In Crosswalk At LaSalle And Division

As discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page:

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.

There was a pedestrian accident today (January 12, 2016) in Chicago’s Near North Side in which a woman was struck by a truck as she was crossing the street in a crosswalk.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened in the1100 block of North LaSalle Street, and involved a 74-year-old woman struck by a truck as she was crossing LaSalle and Division in a crosswalk.  The accident happened at approximately noon.

The truck that hit her was attempting to make a turn at the time of the accident.

The woman needed to be revived by paramedics before she was taken to Northwestern Memorial in critical condition.

Charges are pending against the truck driver.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 12, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman, 74, hit by truck on Near North Side” as well as the January 12 dnainfo.com article titled “Woman Walking at LaSalle and Division Hit By Truck And Severely Injured.”

Fatal Car Crash In Chicago’s Heart Of Chicago Neighborhood

There was a fatal crash in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood early Saturday (January 9, 2016) morning.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the accident appears to have not yet been declared publicly.

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened at approximately 3:00 a.m., near the intersection of 18th Street and Western Avenue.  The single-vehicle accident involved a car with three male occupants, including a 20-year old and 28-year old man.

All three occupants were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.  The 20-year old and 28-year old man were in good condition.  The third man was declared dead.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 9, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  1 killed, 2 hurt in Heart of Chicago crash” as well as the January 9 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 2 injured in Heart of Chicago crash.”