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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 “Street Racing” Accident In Morton Grove

There was a fatal car crash Friday night (August 26, 2016) in Morton Grove.  One woman was killed during the crash and another person was injured.  The crash is considered a “hit & run” accident as one car’s occupants fled the accident scene.

According to Morton Grove Police, the accident happened near the intersection of Golf Road and Ozanam Avenue.

Details regarding the accident appear to be somewhat limited at this time.

At 11:30 p.m., according to witness accounts, a black car traveling at a high rate of speed (approximately 100 miles per hour according to an August 28 Chicago Tribune article) that may have been “street racing” with another vehicle struck a SUV.  The SUV was heavily damaged as a result of the crash.

The occupants of the SUV included Denise Cavada, 49, of Chicago.  She was killed during the crash.  There was another person involved in the crash who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

The occupants of the black car fled the accident scene on foot.  Two passengers of that car were taken into custody.

An excerpt from the August 27, 2016 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Police Search For Driver After Deadly Hit-and-Run in North Suburban Morton Grove“:

Other residents said some drivers travel at high rates of speed at night along that particular stretch of road, making for potentially dangerous, and in the case of Friday’s crash, fatal situations.

Those with information regarding this fatal crash are asked to contact the Morton Grove Police Department at (847) 470-5200.

Additional details regarding this fatal collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above as well as the August 26 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Woman, 49, killed in Morton Grove hit-and-run crash.”

Woman Fatally Struck While Jogging On Chicago’s Northwest Side

There was a fatal accident Tuesday morning (August 23, 2016) in which a car struck a jogger along Devon Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened as the woman was jogging east in the westbound lanes on Devon Avenue in the 6300 block of West Devon Avenue, near Milwaukee Avenue.  While one car swerved to avoid striking the woman, the next car was unable to avoid hitting the woman.

The woman died after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article of August 23, 2016 titled “Jogger Dies After Being Struck By Car In Norwood Park, Officials Say” as well as the August 23 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Woman jogging fatally struck by vehicle on NW Side.”

Woman Fatally Struck Crossing Street On Chicago’s North Side

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Monday afternoon (August 22, 2016) on the Far North Side of Chicago.

Details regarding this fatal accident – especially its causes – appear limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m.  At that time, a pedestrian who was crossing Peterson at North Central Park Avenue was struck by a UPS driver who was making a right turn on red at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian, identified as a 78-year-old woman, was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  She later died.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the August 22, 2016 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Woman struck and killed by delivery truck on North Side” as well as the August 22 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman, 78, Fatally Struck By Delivery Truck.”

Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle In Chicago Ridge

A bicyclist was hit and critically injured by a vehicle Saturday night (August 20, 2016) in Chicago Ridge.

Details regarding this bicycle accident are limited in nature.  The accident happened sometime after 11:00 p.m. near 111th Street and Mayfield Avenue.

The bike’s rider was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

One potential indication of the severity of the accident was that the bicycle was badly mangled during the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 21, 2016 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Cyclist Hit, Injured in South Suburban Chicago Ridge” as well as the August 22 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “Car Strikes, Critically Injured Cyclist in Chicago Ridge:  Reports.”

Fatal Car Collision In Chicago’s Calumet Heights Neighborhood

There was a fatal car collision in Chicago’s Calumet Heights (South Side) neighborhood Thursday (August 18, 2016) night.

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m., as a 61-year-old man was driving southbound on Stony Island Avenue.  At that time, his car was hit by a car traveling east on 94th Street that “ran a stop sign.”

The 61-year-old man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The two men in the car that blew through the stop sign were also taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of their crash injuries.  They were listed in serious condition, according to Chicago Police.  They were said to be in their 30s.

This fatal Chicago crash is being investigated by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 19, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  1 killed, 2 injured in Calumet Heights crash” as well as the August 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 2 injured in South Side crash.”

Fatal Hit & Run Bicycle Accident In Chicago’s Garfield Park Neighborhood

There was a fatal Chicago bicycle accident Wednesday night (August 17, 2016) in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

Details on the cause of the accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.  However, the accident is considered to be a hit & run accident involving a van striking the bicyclist.

According to Chicago Police, the fatal crash happened at 10:19 p.m., as a bicyclist was riding in the 4000 block of West Maypole Avenue.  At that time, the bicyclist was struck by a work van, which did not stop after the collision.  The van continued west on Maypole Avenue.

The bike rider was identified as Francisco Cruz, 58, of Chicago.  He was declared dead after being taken to Stroger Hospital.

The cargo van was described as being white, with a company logo on its side.  Video stills show the van.  It may have damage to its front end.

Those with information about this hit & run accident are asked to call Chicago Police at 312-745-4521.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago hit & run bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 18, 2016 dnainfo.com article (with picture of van) titled “Another Bicyclist Killed In Chicago, This Time In Garfield Park Hit-And-Run” as well as the August 18 Chicago Tribune article (with picture of van) titled “Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash on West side.”

Semi Truck Fatally Strikes Bicyclist In Chicago Bike Lane

There was a fatal Chicago bicycle accident Tuesday morning (August 16, 2016) in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood (some might call this the Goose Island neighborhood) in which a semi truck fatally struck a bicyclist.

According to Chicago Police, the bicycle accident happened at 8:15 a.m., as a bicyclist and semi truck were both traveling south in the 800 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, which is shown below:

At that time, the semi truck crossed into the bike lane as it was attempting to make a right-hand turn.  In doing so, the truck struck a bicyclist (i.e. a “right hook” accident) who was in the bike lane at the time.  The bike was dragged under the semi during the accident.

The bicyclist was identified as Lisa Kuivinen, 20, of Rolling Meadows.  She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was declared dead.

The truck driver was  identified as a 37-year-old man.

An excerpt from the August 16, 2016 abc7chicago.com article titled “Lisa Kuivinen, 20, fatally struck by semi in West Town crash“:

The driver was issued citations for driving in the bike lane and failure to take due care – bicyclist in the roadway.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above as well as the August 17 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Police:  semi driver veered into bike lane, killing art student.”  Remembrances as well as additional information can be found in the August 17 Daily Herald article titled “Memorial set up for Rolling Meadows bicyclist killed in Chicago.”

Motorcyclist Dies Following Collision In Chicago’s Brainerd Neighborhood

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night (August 14, 2016) in Chicago’s Brainerd neighborhood, which is on Chicago’s South Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 9:42 p.m., as a motorcyclist was traveling westbound in the 1200 block of West 95th Street.  At that time, the motorcycle collided with a vehicle that was traveling eastbound and was making a left-hand turn.

The motorcyclist was identified as Britton A. Hopps, 26, of Chicago.  He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries, where, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he later died.

An excerpt from the August 15, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash in Brainerd“:

Witnesses told investigators the motorcycle was speeding, and the man may have been looking at his cell phone at the time of the crash, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was identified only as a 28-year-old woman.  She suffered injuries that were considered to be “minor” in nature and was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park for treatment of her accident injuries.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, she was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle and for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

This fatal Chicago motorcycle crash is under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the August 15 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Brainerd crash.”

Motorcyclist Dies Following Mount Prospect Crash

There was a motorcycle crash Sunday (August 7, 2016) in Mount Prospect.  The crash led to the death of the motorcyclist.

According to Mount Prospect Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:00 p.m., at 1551 Bishop Court.  The accident appears to have involved a motorcycle loss of control.  While media accounts seem to differ, preliminary crash investigation findings seem to indicate that the loss of control happened and then the bike, a 2016 Harley-Davidson, struck a building.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the accident scene.  She was identified as Charlene Thompson, 51, of Warrenville.

Mount Prospect Police are asking those with information concerning the accident to contact them at (847) 870-5656.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 8, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies in Mount Prospect crash” as well as the August 8 Daily Herald article titled “Warrenville woman dies after her motorcycle crashes into Mount Prospect building.”

Crosswalk Safety Discussion Following Mount Prospect Bicyclist’s Death

On June 9, 2016, there was a bicycle accident in which a bicyclist was struck by a SUV while the bicyclist was in a crosswalk.  The accident happened at Central Road at Weller Lane in Mount Prospect.

The bicyclist was identified as Joni Beaudry, 55, of Mount Prospect.  She was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of her accident injuries, where she later died.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the Arlington Heights Patch article of June 10, 2016, titled “Mount Prospect Biker Dies After Car Hits Her in Crosswalk“:

The driver of the Lexus—Hanna Burzynska, 56, of the 1800 block of Pebble Creek Circle, Elk Grove—was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

One notable aspect of this fatal bicycle accident is that the crosswalk had a flashing “beacon,” which has amber lights which flash and are supposed to be a safety feature as they alert drivers of the presence of people crossing in the crosswalk.

The accident and some related issues regarding crosswalk safety are discussed in the Daily Herald article (with video) of August 1, 2016, titled “Mount Prospect Cyclist’s death prompts questions about crosswalk safety.”

Two excerpts from this Daily Herald article:

The relatively new flashing beacon device is popping up at other intersections across Illinois. Jakubowski says it’s confusing for drivers and gives pedestrians and cyclists “a false sense of security” that vehicles will stop.

Traffic experts say the beacon has been tested and reduces crashes, but technology alone can’t stop collisions.

also:

“This death draws attention to the fact we need to change our driving behavior and habits and realize we need to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks,” Mount Prospect Police Chief Tim Janowick said.

Additional details regarding this fatal bicycle accident – as well as the associated crosswalk safety issues – can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Arlington Heights Patch and Daily Herald articles mentioned above.