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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.

Girl Dies After “Head-On Collision” On Route 59 In South Barrington

There was a fatal car collision Sunday (February 4, 2018) in which a Barrington High School student was killed.  The crash happened on Route 59 in South Barrington.  The accident involved a loss of vehicle control, after which the SUV crossed the center line and struck another SUV in a “head-on collision.”

The person who died as a result of the crash was identified as Cassandra Meadors, 14, of Barrington.  An excerpt regarding the crash, from the February 5 Daily Herald article titled “Barrington High School student killed in Route 59 crash“:

According to South Barrington police, Cassandra was in a 2009 Volvo S60 traveling north on Route 59 about 3:10 p.m. when its driver lost control and crossed into the southbound lane north of Penny Road.

The passenger side of the Volvo, driven by Dana Cibulka, 27, of Chicago, was struck by a 2006 BMW X5 driven by Carol Saldek, 56, of Crystal Lake, police said.

Cassandra was declared dead after being taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.  In addition to Cassandra being fatally injured, two others were also injured and taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for treatment of their accident injuries.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the South Barrington police and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team of the Major Crimes Assistance Team.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the February 5 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Barrington High School Student Killed In Route 59 Crash.”

Fatal Truck Accident On Interstate 294 Near Rosemont

There was a fatal truck accident involving four vehicles (including three semi trucks) Monday night (January 29, 2018) on I-294 near Rosemont.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash happened at approximately 8:15 on I-294 at mile post 39.  The crash involved an International semi truck; a Peterbilt semi truck; and a Freightliner semi tractor-trailer.  As well, a van was involved.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Joliet Patch article of January 31, 2018, titled “Joliet Woman Dies In I-294 Semitrailer Crash“:

According to the Illinois State’s preliminary investigation, “all units were traveling on I-294 southbound, in the middle left lane, near milepost 39.25. Units 2, 3, and 4 were in slow/stopped traffic, when the driver of unit 1 (International) failed to reduce speed and rear ended unit 2 (Peterbuilt).”

The state police said that the impact caused a chain-reaction crash, prompting unit 2 to rear-end the van and the van to subsequently rear-end the Wisconsin driver’s 2016 Freightliner truck.

The driver of the International semi was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  She was later pronounced dead.  She was identified as Renee Hodorowicz, 53, of Joliet.

The other truck drivers were taken to Lutheran General Hospital and Resurrection Hospital for treatment of injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 31, 2018 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Woman Dies In I-294 Semitrailer Crash.”

Car Crash On South Lake Drive Critically Injures Driver

Car crashes that occur on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive often lead to serious accident injuries.  As seen in various accidents – including those discussed on this site – these accidents often involve speeding or loss of vehicle control.

There was a crash on Lake Shore Drive Monday night (January 22, 2018) in which a driver was critically injured.

Details on the appear appear limited at this time.

As seen in the January 23, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash on South Side,”a person was critically injured on Lake Shore Drive near the Kenwood neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m., in the 4700 block of South Lake Shore Drive.  The crash involved a car crashing into a wall.

The man who was driving was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.

The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

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

IDOT Snow Plow And Car Involved In Fatal South Holland Collision

There was a fatal collision early Friday morning (January 12, 2018) in South Holland.  The collision involved a car and IDOT snow plow.

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

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the collision occurred at 2:41 a.m., at Woodlawn Avenue and 162nd Place.  At the time of the crash the snow plow was heading westbound on Woodlawn Avenue.

Three people were injured during the crash.  A 15-year-old boy was pronounced dead after being taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey.

The two other people injured included the driver of the snow plow and the driver of the car.  Both were hospitalized with injuries that were considered to be minor injuries.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal vehicle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 13, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “15-year-old killed in crash involving IDOT snowplow in South Holland” as well as the January 13 CBS Chicago article titled “1 Killed In Crash Involving IDOT Snow Plow In South Holland.”

Single-Car Crash With Three Fatalities On Chicago’s Far South Side

There was a fatal single-car accident early Friday morning (January 12, 2018) on Chicago’s Far South Side.  Three people died as a result of the accident.  The accident appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control, possibly involving a curve in the roadway.

According to Chicago Police, police officers went to the accident scene, which was in the 3300 block of East 100th Street near the Chicago Skyway, at approximately 1:00 a.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash from the January 12, 2018 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “3 cousins killed in fiery Far South Side crash“:

Police said they were heading west in a 2016 Chevy Malibu at a high-rate of speed when the sedan struck a light pole. The car flipped on its roof and caught fire. The vehicle was soon engulfed by flames.

All three men in the car died at the accident scene.  They were cousins.  The men were identified as Michael Battista, 48; Anthony Flores, 30; and Ralph Quiroz, 47.

The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit is conducting an accident investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago single-car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 12 CBS Chicago article titled “3 Killed In Fiery Crash On Southeast Side.”

Ejection Of Vehicle Occupants In Stevenson Expressway Crash

As discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page, there are various benefits to wearing a seat belt.  Wearing a seat belt is beneficial even if the vehicle has other safety features such as anti-lock brakes, stability control, crash avoidance systems, air bags, and other related safety systems.

One of the benefits of wearing a seat belt is that it restrains vehicle occupants during a crash, so the possibility of an occupant ejection during a crash is significantly reduced.  An occupant ejection is when an occupant is partially or fully thrown from the vehicle during an accident.  When these ejections occur, often the person’s injuries are far worse than if the ejection did not occur.

A New Year’s Day crash on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) led to the ejection of two people from a vehicle.  As seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 1, 2018, titled “Pregnant woman injured in Stevenson Expressway crash,” according to the Illinois State Police the crash happened at 6:55 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-55 south of Pulaski.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Rollover Crash On Lake Shore Drive Near Monroe

There was a rollover crash on Lake Shore Drive early Saturday morning (December 9,2017).  A man has been charged with DUI following the accident, which happened on Lake Shore Drive near Monroe Drive.

As discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page, rollover accidents can happen in many different situations.  However, there are common factors that typically contribute to a car or other vehicle rolling over.  One such factor is the vehicle traveling at a higher speed.

An excerpt regarding the driver (John Ondrey Gruber, 28, of Ohio) and the crash from the December 12, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with DUI after Lake Shore Drive rollover crash“:

About 1:10 a.m., Gruber was driving a 2008 Jeep south on Lake Shore Drive near Monroe Drive “at a high rate of speed” when he lost control and smashed into the median, police said. The Jeep then overturned following the impact.

Gruber was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

According to Chicago Police, he was cited for various infractions, including a misdemeanor count of DUI.

Additional details regarding this DUI crash that involved a car rollover can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Rollover Accident On I-57 Leads To Deaths Of Two Men

There was a fatal rollover accident Friday night (December 8, 2017) on I-57 near Matteson.  According to the Illinois State Police the crash happened near Flossmoor Road at 8:53 p.m.

An excerpt from the Mokena Patch article of December 10, 2017, titled “Speeding Lamborghini Crash Kills 2 On I-57“:

Police said the Lamborghini was speeding on southbound I-57 when it left the road, rolled over and struck several trees on the west side of the roadway.

Both occupants of the Lamborghini died at the accident scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The driver was identified as Jacob Dochee, 45, of Frankfort.  The passenger was identified as Samieh Jawdat, 26, of Crete.  Both were ejected from the car during the crash.

An autopsy revealed that both men died from blunt force injuries sustained during the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 10, 2017 fox32chicago.com article titled “Two men killed when speeding Lamborghini crashes in Chicago suburb.”

“Wrong-Way Driver” Crash On Lake Shore Drive Leads To Four Injured

There was a crash late Tuesday night (November 28, 2017) which involved one car driving in the wrong direction, i.e. a “wrong-way driver.”  The driver of the car that was driving in the wrong lane was later charged with DUI-drugs.

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred as a 2017 Toyota Camry was driving south in the northbound lanes, in the 1500 block of South Lake Shore Drive.

The collision between the Camry and a van occurred at approximately 11:10 p.m.

Three occupants in the van, including a 17-year-old girl, as well as the driver of the Camry, a 30-year-old man, were injured and hospitalized because of the collision.

An excerpt regarding the charges faced by the driver of the Camry, later identified as Julio Tapia, as seen in the November 1, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with DUI in wrong-way Lake Shore Drive crash on South Side“:

The driver of the Camry, Julio Tapia, was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of DUI of any amount of drug, police said. He was also issued traffic citations for driving the wrong way, not having insurance and failure to yield.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago “wrong-way driver” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 29 Chicago Tribune article titled “Wrong way driver injures three on Lake Shore Drive.”

Motorcycle Accident On Lake Shore Drive Critically Injures Motorcyclist

There was a motorcycle accident on Lake Shore Drive late Tuesday night, November 28, 2017.  The accident happened on Chicago’s South Side.

Details regarding the cause of the crash appear to be limited at this time.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 29, 2017, titled “Motorcyclist critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash“:

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly before midnight in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near 16th Street, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder.

The motorcyclist was taken to Northwest Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the November 29 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Lake Shore Drive Crash.”