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 rollover accident involving a single vehicle early Monday (October 17, 2016) on the Kennedy Expressway.
Details regarding the accident are somewhat limited. The cause of the accident was not disclosed.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the outbound Kennedy’s (I-90/94) near North Avenue.
The SUV involved in the rollover crash was occupied by a woman and two men. In rollover accidents, injuries are often serious in nature, and in this accident, a woman suffered a serious arm injury.
An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 17, 2016, titled “Woman’s arm partially severed in Kennedy Rollover crash“:
The vehicle was carrying a woman and two males, all of whom ran from the scene, police said. They were all eventually found, and it was discovered that the woman’s arm was partially severed in the crash.
The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this highway rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the October 17 wgntv.com article titled “Woman’s arm partially severed in Kennedy rollover crash.”
Road hazards continue to be a significant cause of car accidents and car accident injuries. These road hazards can take many different forms, and can include such things as deteriorated road surfaces (including substantial potholes and major ruts) as well as ice on the roadway. Other types of road hazards include items that fall off of other vehicles, such as objects falling off of trucks that then hit vehicles traveling behind the truck.
Another form of road hazard is when tires or wheels fall of one vehicle, which then strike another vehicle. Loose tires and wheels can present a substantial danger to motorists, as they can roll at high speeds, and their weight can be substantial.
A recent accident on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village highlights the dangers that a lost tire can present to other vehicles. The accident happened on Friday evening (October 14, 2016) .
An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:
A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.
The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”
The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.
As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the abc7chicago.com article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident caused by a road hazard can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald, Arlington Cardinal, and abc7chicago.com articles mentioned above.
A man has died following a bicycle accident that happened on September 20, 2016 in Evergreen Park. The man, Danny Carbol, 56, of Mount Greenwood, was a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant. He died from accident injuries on Monday (October 10, 2016) night.
The bicycle accident happened as Carbol was riding his bicycle home from work.
An excerpt from the October 12, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago fire lieutenant is 12th bicycle death in Cook County this year“:
A witness told police that the Jeep Grand Cherokee that hit Carbol had stopped at a four-way stop while heading east on 93rd Street, then started through the intersection, while Carbol had failed to stop at a stop sign while heading south on Central Park Avenue, according to the police report. The 33-year-old Chicago woman who was driving the Jeep told police she hadn’t seen Carbol and was in the intersection when he hit the side of her SUV.
The witness, who was in a car behind the Jeep, said “it appeared he was assuming that the (Jeep) was going to stop for him,” according to the report. Instead, the bicycle hit the side of the Jeep, Carbol flew off the bike, hit the Jeep’s hood and fell to the ground.
Another excerpt regarding the car-bicycle collision, as seen in the abc7chicago.com article of October 11, 2016 titled “Danny Carbol, Chicago Fire Department lieutenant, dies after bicycle crash“:
He collided with a vehicle and braked hard, going over the bike and hitting the vehicle head-first, Langford said. The exact time and address of the crash was not immediately known.
“Despite the best efforts to save him, the brain damage was irreversible,” Langford said.
An autopsy indicated that Carbol died of multiple injuries.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and abc7chicago.com articles mentioned above. The dnainfo.com article of October 11, titled “Bicyclist Killed In Crash Was A Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant” also contains remembrances and funeral information.
There has been an arrest made in the hit & run accident of September 23, 2016, in which two pedestrians were injured in Lincoln Park.
An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 9, 2016, titled “Man charged with striking two women in Lincoln Park hit-and-run“:
Brenton Holston, 24, faces four counts of leaving the scene of a crash causing great bodily harm and two counts of aggravated reckless driving, all felonies, according to Chicago Police and Cook County court records.
At 8:07 p.m. Sept. 23, the two women — 24 and 34 — were walking in the street headed west in the 1800 block of North Clybourn when a black Acura sedan struck them, police said. The driver then made a U-turn in the middle of Clybourn and struck them both again.
The two pedestrians suffered various injuries during the collision, and were taken to Northwestern Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.
As described in the dnainfo.com article of October 9 titled “Man Charged In Lincoln Park Hit-And-Run That Left 2 Women Injured: Police,” quoting Chicago Police spokesman Officer Kevin Quaid:
A 24-year-old woman sustained life-threatening injuries to her abdomen, back and buttocks, and her hip was injured, Quaid said. She was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition.
A 34-year-old woman’s head was injured and she was taken to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition, Quaid said.
The traffic accident investigation was conducted by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago hit & run pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and dnainfo.com articles seen above.
There was a fatal motorcycle accident Wednesday night (October 5, 2016) in Hickory Hills.
Details regarding the accident are limited. The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly available at this time.
The motorcyclist, identified as Wayne Loebbaka, 27, was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 6, 2016, titled “27-year-old killed in motorcycle crash in Hickory Hills“:
Loebbaka, who lived in the 6600 block of West Montrose Avenue in Harwood Heights, suffered multiple injuries in the motorcycle crash in the 7600 block of West 95th Street in Hickory Hills, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Thursday ruled his death an accident.
Additional details regarding this fatal Cook County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.
There was a collision between a motorcycle and SUV Monday night (October 3, 2016) in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood. Two people traveling on the motorcycle and one passenger in the SUV died as a result of the crash.
According to Chicago Police, the collision occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m., in the10500 block of South Indianapolis Avenue. The crash occurred when a motorcycle traveling eastbound on South Indianapolis Avenue collided with (“T-boned”) a westbound SUV that was making a left-hand turn onto South Avenue B. The motorcycle reportedly “ran the red light” and may have been traveling at a high speed just before the collision. The SUV rolled onto its side, likely as a result of the force of the impact.
Both the motorcyclist and passenger on the motorcycle, as well as the front seat passenger of the SUV, died at the accident scene. The two people on the motorcycle have not yet been publicly identified. The passenger in the SUV has been identified as Jamie Trickle, 35, of Chicago.
The driver of the SUV, identified only as a 28-year-old woman, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of her accident injuries. She was in critical condition.
The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit is conducting the traffic accident investigation.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 4, 2016 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “3 dead, 1 critically hurt when motorcycle collides with SUV” as well as the October 3 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police: 3 dead, 1 critically hurt in Far South Side crash.”
There was a fatal SUV rollover crash Sunday morning (October 2, 2016) on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Chicago’s South Side.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 9:35 a.m. At that time, a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, traveling at a high rate of speed in the express lanes, veered from the far left lane into the middle lane.
An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article, titled “Woman Killed in Rollover Crash on Dan Ryan Expressway” of October 2, 2016, as to what happened next:
The Trailblazer struck the driver’s side of a red Cadillac CTS, then veered back into the far left lane and struck the concrete median. It then rolled over onto its passenger side, according to police.
The driver of the Trailblazer, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, was partially ejected during the accident.
The woman, identified as Brenda Whitehead, 52, of Chicago, was pronounced dead after being taken to Stroger Hospital.
Two people in the Cadillac refused medical treatment at the accident scene.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the October 2, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “State police: West Side woman dies in Ryan crash.”
There was a fatal bicycle accident Monday morning (September 26, 2016) at Damen Avenue near Addison Street in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood.
According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 7:50 a.m. as a bicyclist (a woman thought to be in her 30s) was riding northbound on Damen Avenue. At that same time, a flatbed truck (slightly shorter than a semi truck) was also traveling northbound on Damen Avenue. As the truck attempted to turn east onto Addison Street, the truck struck the bicyclist. [i.e. it appears to be a “right-hook” accident.]
The bicyclist died at the accident scene.
The accident is being investigated by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit. There might have been witnesses given that people were nearby waiting for a bus.
As of Monday morning the truck driver has not been cited in the accident.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 26, 2016 dnainfo.com article titled “Cyclist Killed In Crash With Truck At Damen And Addison” as well as the September 26 Fox32Chicago.com article titled “Police: Bicyclist fatally struck by truck in North Center.”
There was a fatal bicycle accident Thursday evening (September 22, 2016) in Evanston.
According to authorities, the accident happened in the 2000 block of Sheridan Road (near Sheridan Road and Northwestern Place) as a cement truck was traveling northbound on Sheridan Road between Garrett Place and Library Place with the green light. At approximately 5:00 p.m., the truck struck the bicyclist as she was riding out of a lot. The force of the impact knocked the bicyclist off the bike and she went under the truck.
An excerpt from the Evanston Review article (with video) of September 23, 2016 titled “First-year NU student from China struck, killed while riding bike,” quoting Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington:
“She just misjudged the speed of the truck,” Eddington said. “Or didn’t realize how long the truck was. … A tragic accident.”
The bicyclist was identified as Chuyuan Qiu, 18. She was taken to Evanston Northshore University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The cement truck’s driver was not cited in the incident. He was identified as a 38-year-old resident of Des Plaines.
Additional details regarding this fatal bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Evanston Review article mentioned above, as well as the September 22 Wilmette Patch article titled “Northwestern Student Killed While Riding Bike On Campus.”
There was a fatal motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon (September 18, 2016) in Palatine.
According to Palatine Police, the crash happened just before 1:15 p.m., near Rand Road and Winslowe Road, which is near the entrance to the Palatine Walmart.
At that time, a motorcycle traveling northbound on Rand Road was struck by a southbound Mercedes that attempted to turn left immediately in front of the oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the passenger’s side of the car.
The motorcyclist was identified as Corey Hindes, 54. He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m.
The driver of the Mercedes was identified as an 89-year-old man from Mount Prospect. He was not injured during the collision.
An excerpt from the September 19, 2016 Daily Herald article (with remembrances) titled “Owner of Arlington Heights barber shop dies in crash,” referring to the driver of the Mercedes:
He later was ticketed cited for failing to yield turning left, and has a Nov. 1 court date in Rolling Meadows. Authorities have not yet publicly identified the man.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above, as well as the Arlington Cardinal article (with video) of September 19 titled “Motorcycle Crash Kills Man Near Walmart Entrance at Rand Rd and Winslowe Dr, Palatine Sunday.”