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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 And Boy Struck By Pickup Truck In McKinley Park Neighborhood

A 5-year-old boy and 24-year-old man were struck by a pickup truck in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood on Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017.  The man and boy were struck as they were walking across Ashland Avenue at 37th Street.

The pedestrian accident happened at 8:08 a.m.  The accident happened as a Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn from 37th Street onto Ashland Avenue.

The boy was injured and taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the boy, identified as Daniel Solis, 5, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at 5:47 p.m. Friday.

The man suffered minor injuries in the accident but refused medical treatment.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as a 41-year-old man.

The Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating this pedestrian accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 15 dnainfo.com article titled “Boy, 5, Critically Injured After Getting Hit By Pickup At 37th And Ashland” as well as the March 15 fox32chicago.com article titled “5-year-old boy struck, critically injured by pickup on South Side” and the March 19 dnainfo.com article titled “Boy, 5, Dies After Being Hit By Car In McKinley Park.”

Kennedy Expressway 35-Car “Chain-Reaction” Crash

There was a large “chain-reaction” crash Monday night (March 13, 2017) on the Kennedy Expressway.  At least 35 cars were involved, and seven people were injured in the crash.

The crash happened on the Kennedy Expressway between Division Street and North Avenue, in the inbound express lanes, at approximately 10:15 p.m.

The crash happened as snow fell and the road conditions were slick.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article (with video) of March 14, 2017 titled “7 Hospitalized in 35-Car Pileup on Kennedy Expressway“:

One driver involved in the accident told NBC 5 his car slid for about 100 yards and “just could not stop.”

“We were all going too fast,” he said. “I don’t know if the express lanes should have been open.”

Seven people were taken to hospitals for treatment of accident injuries.  Of those people, one 39-year-old man was reported to be in serious condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Kennedy Expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the March 14 Chicago Tribune article titled “Up to 35 cars crash on Kennedy Expressway late Monday” and the March 14 Highland Park Patch article titled “7 Hospitalized After 35-Vehicle Pileup on Kennedy.”

Fatal Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) Car Rollover Crash

There was a fatal car rollover accident Sunday night (March 12, 2017) on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290.)  The accident included four people being ejected from a car.

An excerpt regarding the fatal car crash, from the March 13, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed, 6 injured in crash on Eisenhower Expressway“:

At 9:27 p.m., officers spotted a white Mercedes that may have been involved in an attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault in the Harrison and Austin districts, Chicago Police said. The vehicle drove away, and was last seen speeding onto the inbound lanes of I-290 from the Homan Avenue ramp.

The Mercedes rear-ended another car less than 10 minutes later on I-290 near Damen Avenue, according to Illinois State Police. The Mercedes then went up the embankment and rolled over.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) all four of the occupants in the Mercedes were ejected (i.e. thrown from the car) during the crash.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Mario C. Shields, 18, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Six other people involved in the accident were taken to various hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries, including three people who were in serious-to-critical condition.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Eisenhower Expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the March 13 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “1 killed, 6 injured in crash on Eisenhower Expressway.”

Fatal March 10, 2017 Chicago Car Rollover Crash

There was a fatal Chicago car rollover crash early Friday morning (March 10, 2017) on Lake Shore Drive.  The accident happened in the 700 block of South Lake Shore Drive, at Lake Shore Drive and East Balbo Drive.

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened at approximately 1:15 a.m.  The crash involved a southbound minivan that collided with a northbound car as the car attempted to make a left-hand turn onto East Balbo Drive.

The car flipped during the collision.

Three people were pinned in the car and had to be extricated by the Chicago Fire Department.

Those trapped included a 27-year-old man who was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.  A 29-year-old woman was also taken to Northwestern and listed in serious condition.  A 28-year-old man was in critical condition and taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

The driver of the minivan driver was not injured during the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.  No citations had been issued as of 3:45 a.m.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 10 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 2 injured in Lake Shore Drive rollover crash” as well as the March 10 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  1 killed, 2 injured in downtown crash near Grant Park.”  A video concerning the fatal crash can be seen in the NBC Chicago video of March 10 titled “1 Killed, 2 Injured in Lake Shore Drive Rollover.”

Lawsuit Concerning Fatal Crash Near Willow Springs

In the March 5, 2016 post (“Fatal Loss Of Control Accident Near Willow Springs“) an accident which led to the deaths of two teenagers was summarized.  Both teens (Jonathan Grabinski, 17, of Chicago Ridge; and Salvatore Melant, 18, of Chicago) died at the accident scene.

There has been a lawsuit filed with regard to this fatal Cook County accident.  The lawsuit is discussed in the March 8, 2017 Cook Count Record article titled “Sons of motorists killed in Willow Springs hydroplane crash sue county, village for not fixing ditch.”

An excerpt from the article:

The plaintiffs allege that on March 5, 2016, Jonathan Grabinski and Salvatore Melant sustained fatal injuries when the vehicle they were occupying hydroplaned off the road and crashed into a tree. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs claim that authorities knew a ditch on the south side of the road was full of soil and debris, causing water to fill the road.

Additional details, including the various defendants, can be seen in the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

Illinois Bill Regarding Illinois “Wrong-Way Drivers”

“Wrong-way drivers” continue to be a Chicago-area traffic safety hazard, primarily on expressways and toll roads.  As seen in the many accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” (many of which are summarized on this site in the “wrong-way driver accidents” category) many of these accidents result in one or more fatalities.  Most of the drivers who are driving in the wrong direction are doing so while intoxicated on alcohol and/or drugs.

There have been many efforts made to reduce the number of these “wrong-way drivers.”  Some of the efforts have included increased police enforcement, as well as placing large red signs on expressway ramps alerting drivers if they are driving in the wrong direction.  Various technologies are also being investigated.

There is proposed legislation that would increase penalties faced by “wrong-way drivers,” as many believe that such drivers are not being sufficiently penalized for their actions.  As well, increased penalties could serve as an (increased) deterrent to those who may be inclined to drive in the wrong direction.

This proposed legislation is discussed in the March 2, 2017 NBC Chicago investigative segment (article and video) titled “New Legislation Would Toughen Penalties For Impaired Wrong-Way Drivers.”  Two excerpts from the article:

The sight of a vehicle speeding directly toward you on the highway can lead to a split-second decision that may result in life or death. In fact, an NBC 5 Investigates analysis of state records in 2015 revealed more than 50 people have been killed and nearly 300 have been injured by wrong-way drivers in Illinois since 2005.

also:

“It would effectively make driving the wrong way down a one way street an aggravating factor in a DUI case,” said State Rep. Mke Zalewski of Riverside.

Zalewski is sponsoring House Bill 303, which has been approved by the state house. Currently, a judge cannot take wrong-way driving into consideration during sentencing. However, the proposed law would allow judges to add additional prison time for individuals convicted of aggravated DUI, where wrong-way driving was involved.

The article also points out that additional fatalities and injuries due to “wrong-way” drive have occurred in 2016.

Additional details regarding this bill can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago segment mentioned above.

Fatal Edens Expressway Crash Near Tower Road

One of the most valuable benefits of wearing seat belts is that they greatly reduce the possibility of a vehicle occupant being ejected (i.e. when a person is partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle during an accident.  Such vehicle occupant ejections often lead to serious injuries, and in some cases fatal injuries.

On Sunday afternoon (February 26, 2017) there was a fatal crash on the Edens Expressway near Tower Road in Glencoe.

According to the Illinois State Police and Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the crash happened at approximately 2 p.m., and involved a car crashing into the concrete embankment at the ramp from eastbound I-94 to Tower Road.

The driver was identified as Miahailo Bjelopetrovich, 63, of Grayslake.  He died at the accident scene.

An excerpt from the February 27, 2017 Northbrook Patch article titled “Fatal Crash On Edens At Tower,” referring to Bjelopetrovich:

He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and was flung from his southbound Buick when he went off the road and hit a concrete beam, sending his car across all lanes of traffic into another concrete barrier.

This fatal accident is under investigation and the cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

Additional details regarding this fatal Edens Expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northbrook Patch article mentioned above, as well as the February 27 abc7chicago.com article titled “Man killed in single-vehicle crash on Edens near Glencoe identified.”

Motorcycle Passenger Injured During Crash On North Michigan Avenue

There was a motorcycle accident Tuesday night (February 21, 2017) on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened shortly before 11:00 p.m., and involved a motorcycle “running a red light” and then colliding with a taxi in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue.

A woman passenger on the motorcycle was injured and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

The motorcyclist – identified only as a 37-year-old man – ran from the accident scene but was apprehended by police after a short time.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of February 22, 2017, titled “Woman injured in motorcycle crash on Magnificent Mile“:

The man was charged with fleeing and eluding, a red light violation, driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance, police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the February 22 dnainfo.com article titled “Mag Mile Motorcyclist Left Injured Passenger Behind After Crash, Police Say.”

Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accident Increase

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to various reasons.  As seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been discussed on this site (in posts found under the “pedestrian accidents” category) such accidents in Chicago as well as in the greater Chicago area often involve serious accident injuries.  Many such accidents are fatal.  Due to the harm caused by these accidents, lawsuits are often filed to collect accident injury compensation.

Various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including the types of accident injuries that typically occur as well as what you should do if you are hit by a vehicle – are further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Pedestrian accidents in which people are struck while walking in a crosswalk continue to be a traffic safety problem in the Chicago metropolitan area as well as nationally.  On this site, there have been many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents – some fatal – in which pedestrians are hit as they walk in crosswalks.

Another source of concern with regard to fatal pedestrian accidents is the increase in their frequency.  This increase is likely due to many reasons, including increasing traffic and congestion as well as driver inattentiveness.

The February 21 dnainfo.com article titled “Surge In Pedestrian Deaths Shows No Sign Of Slowing:  Data.”  The article discusses trends and reasons for the increase in Chicago fatal pedestrian accidents.

Two excerpts:

Fourty-four pedestrians were killed in the city in 2016, up 26 percent from 2014, according to data presented to the mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Nationwide, pedestrian deaths increased approximately 10 percent in 2015, making Chicago’s increase especially troubling, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said.

also:

A “significant number” of fatal pedestrian crashes occur in crosswalks — and end with the driver fleeing the scene, Scheinfeld said.

The article also states that such fatal crashes are concentrated in 14 Chicago neighborhoods, which are listed in the article.

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

Streamwood Collision Involving Motorcycle And SUV

There was a motorcycle accident Sunday (February 19, 2017) in Streamwood.  The collision involved a motorcycle and SUV at approximately 11:30 a.m.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of February 20, 2017, titled “Streamwood motorcycle crash victim remains in serious condition“:

Vincent Korpalski, 19, was driving his Suzuki motorcycle south on Sutton Road about 11:30 a.m. when it struck the Kia, whose driver was attempting to turn north on Sutton Road, according to Streamwood police.

Korpalski was ejected from the motorcycle during the collision.  He was flown to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the  Streamwood Police Department and the Serious Traffic Crash Reconstruction team.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above.