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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 “Head-On” Collision In Calumet City

There was a fatal “head-on” collision Saturday morning (May 16, 2015) in Calumet City.

The accident happened in the 700 block of State Street at approximately 6:40 a.m., after a car carrying three teenage boys crossed the center line and collided with a pickup truck.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the front-seat passenger in the car, Aaron K. Dunigan, 18, of Calumet City, was declared dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the pickup truck, Juan Jose Rivera, 56, of Calumet City, was pronounced dead after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

An excerpt from the May 17, 2015 Homewood-Flossmor Patch article titled “Two Die in a Post-Prom Head-On Collision Saturday in the South Suburbs“:

Police said marijuana was found on the driver of the car, David Peden, who is in Franciscan St. Margaret Hospital in Indiana.

Peden is charged with driving under the influence of drugs, reports the Northwest Indiana Times. More charges could be filed.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Patch article mentioned above, as well as the May 16 nwitimes.com article titled “Two killed in post-prom car wreck” and a May 17 NBC Chicago article (with video).

Fatal Car Crash In Des Plaines

There was a fatal car accident Monday afternoon (May 4, 2015) near Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

According to the Des Plaines Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of Golf Road and College Drive.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a 2001 Volkswagon Jetta was attempting to turn left off of Golf Road onto College Drive, when it was struck by a 2001 Ford Explorer.

Firefighters had to extricate three people from the two vehicles.

One of the vehicle passengers, Michael Polder, 18 of Chicago, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 5:34 p.m.

Three others people were taken to hospitals in critical condition.

An excerpt from the May 5, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Teenager dies from injuries in Des Plaines crash“:

The crash remains under investigation and no citations have been issued yet, he said.

Golf Road was closed for at least three hours on Monday night while investigators worked on the scene.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County car accident can be seen in the Daily Herald article seen above, as well as the May 5 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “18-year-old Chicago man killed in Des Plaines crash.”

Fatal Car Collision In Bridgeview, Illinois

There was a fatal car collision Sunday (May 3, 2015) in Bridgeview.

According to Bridgeview Police, the accident happened at approximately 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the 9700 block of South Harlem Avenue.

The accident happened as a Lincoln Town Car traveling southbound veered over the center median and crossed into the northbound lanes.  In doing so, the car collided with a minivan.

According to Bridgeview Police, both occupants of the Town Car died at the accident scene.  They were identified as Francis Iglinski, 80, of Chicago, and Dolores Weber, 85, of Chicago.

The minivan was driven by Haneen A. Salem, 17, of Palos Heights, and had five other occupants.  All six people in the minivan were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of their accident injuries.  The six people hurt had injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The crash is under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 3, 2015 CBS Chicago article titled “Two Killed In Bridgeview Crash” as well as the May 4 Chicago Tribune article titled “Two die in Bridgeview crash on Harlem” and the May 4 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “Victims In Harlem Avenue Crash Identified.”

Man Dies Following Chicago Heights Bicycle Accident

There was a fatal bicycle accident Wednesday night (April 29, 2015) in Chicago Heights.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 7:49 p.m., as a man riding a bicycle on Illinois Route 394 near the East Sauk Trail attempted to ride across both the north and south lanes at the Sauk Trail intersection.

In doing so, he was struck by a northbound vehicle.

The man, identified as Robert Kirn, 59, of Lynwood, was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 2:49 a.m. Thursday.

The driver of the car was not cited in the accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 1, 2015 CBS Chicago article titled “Cyclist Who Tried To Cross Route 394 Struck And Killed By Vehicle” as well as the May 1 nwitimes.com article titled “Lynwood man dies after Sauk Village car vs. bicycle accident.”

Fatal Stevenson Expressway (I-55) Crash

There was a fatal three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning (April 29, 2015) on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) near Throop Street.

According to the Illinois State Police, the accident happened at approximately 5:45 a.m. in the inbound lanes.  At that time, two SUVs and a car collided.

One person, Enrique Moreno, 28, of the 4500 block of South Troy, was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.  He was later pronounced dead.

Another person was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of accident injuries, and that person was reported to be in serious-to-critical condition.  A third person was taken to Mercy Hospital.

An excerpt from the April 29, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed, 2 injured in Stevenson Expressway crash“:

State Police said the crash was caused by “an unsafe lane change,” but did not elaborate Wednesday evening, citing the ongoing investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the April 29 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “One Dead in Wednesday Morning I-55 Crash.”

New Research Concerning Enhancing Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian accidents in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County remains an important issue.  Several pedestrian accidents, some being hit & runs, have occurred in the last few days.

Given the frequency of these pedestrian accidents, as well as the severity of the accident injuries – as well as fatalities – that often occur, pedestrian safety is paramount.

On March 31, 2015 the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “The Key to Crossing the Street Safely:  Eye Contact.”  The article discusses new research regarding pedestrian safety, and provides statistics with regard to the findings.  As well, overall statistics with regard to pedestrian accidents are cited.

An excerpt:

To reduce the chance of getting hit when crossing a street, pedestrians might want to stare at the oncoming drivers, a study suggests.

Drivers stopped more often if pedestrians looked directly into their eyes as the car approached the crosswalk than when they didn’t make eye contact, according to the study, published in the June issue of Safety Science. Men were more likely than women to stop if the pedestrian staring at them was a man.

The article discusses various reasons as to why pedestrians’ looking into the eyes of the drivers would make a difference in drivers’ behavior.

Additional information can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.

Rollover Accident On Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway

There was a rollover crash on Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway near Division Street early Saturday morning, April 11, 2015.  The accident was a single-vehicle crash.

Details on the accident – and especially its causes – appear limited at this time.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article of April 11, 2015, titled “Two Injured in Rollover Crash on Kennedy Expressway“:

The single-car crash happened at about 3 a.m. as the car was driving southbound. Two people inside the car were injured in the incident and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, fire officials said.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Chicago car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above.

Fatal Bicycle Accident In Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

There was a bicycle accident Sunday afternoon (April 5, 2015) in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood (South Side).  The bicyclist died Monday afternoon from his accident injuries.

The bicycle accident occurred as the bicyclist, identified as Michael Joseph, 59, of Chicago, was riding westbound in the 1200 block of West 74th Street at approximately 1:30 p.m.  According to Chicago Police, at that time a light-colored Chevy sedan struck him from behind, and then fled the accident scene.

Joseph was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died on Monday.

This fatal bicycle accident is under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 6, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bicyclist dies after hit-and-run crash in Englewood” as well as the April 7 dnainfo.com article titled “Bicyclist Dies After Hit And Run in Englewood.”

Bicycle Accident In Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood

There was a hit & run accident Friday (April 3, 2015) in which a bicyclist was injured in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 1:00 p.m. Friday, and involved a SUV that collided with a man riding on a motorized bicycle in the 1600-block of North Talman Avenue.  After the collision, the SUV fled the accident scene.

The collision was captured on a security camera.  The SUV is being described as a four-door GMC or Chevrolet with a shattered rear passenger window, as well as damage to the rear passenger door.

The bicyclist was identified as Ricardo Capistran, 26, of Chicago.  He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com April 5, 2015 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Bicyclist critical after Humboldt Park hit-and-run“:

Capistran was critically injured and has a fractured skull and other broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a possible brain injury. He remains in the intensive care unit on a respirator.

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

Additional details regarding this Chicago hit & run accident can be found in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article seen above as well as the April 6, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Family of bicyclist asks hit-and-run driver of SUV to come forward.”

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.”