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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.

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.”

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.

Four People Dead Following Des Plaines Car Crash

There was a fatal three-car accident Thursday night (February 16, 2017) in Des Plaines.  Four people died and three people were injured, one critically.

According to Des Plaines Police, first responders went to the accident scene at 8:53 p.m.  The crash occurred at 170 Northwest Highway.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Chicago Sun-Times article of February 17, 2017 titled “Police:  4 dead, 1 critical after Des Plaines car wreck“:

A Mercedes had been speeding west on Northwest Highway when it slammed head-on into a Chevrolet Impala in oncoming traffic as the Impala turned into a parking lot, police said. The force of the collision sent the Impala back into the eastbound lanes, and it was hit by a Toyota Highlander.

While the crash reconstruction report is still being prepared, preliminary indications are that the Mercedes may have been traveling in excess of 80 to 100 mph at the time of the collision.

[note:  another source, the February 17 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “4 killed, 1 critically injured in 3-car high speed Des Plaines crash” says “The impact sent the Impala 75-100 feet, crashing into a Toyota Highlander.”]

The three occupants of the Chevrolet Impala were taken to hospitals, where they died.  They were identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Kevin Crawford, 52, Anita Crawford, 50, and Kirsten M. Crawford, 20, all from Arlington Heights.

The driver of the Mercedes was identified as Piotr Rog, 21, of Des Plaines.  He died after being taken to a hospital.

A passenger in the Mercedes was taken to Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge) for treatment of accident injuries.  That passenger was in critical condition.

Two people in the Toyota Highlander were treated at the accident scene for injuries that were considered to be “minor injuries.”

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above:

Police said speed was a factor in the crash and that the driver of the Mercedes was at fault.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Des Plaines crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and abc7chicago.com article mentioned above.

Two Men Struck In Des Plaines Hit & Run Accident

“Hit & Run” accidents continue to occur in significant numbers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category.  Recently there have been numerous notable “Hit & Run” accidents in the Chicago area, many of which have left motorists and pedestrians with serious injuries, and in some cases fatal injuries.

While there are many reasons that drivers may wish to leave the accident scene, one reason is that they may fear the repercussions of their actions if they are at fault for causing the accident.  Many times “Hit & Run” drivers are driving after drinking or driving while “high” on drugs.  Other times, the driver may be driving at high speed.  Other such drivers may not want to wait for police to arrive at the accident scene as they may be traveling in a stolen vehicle or otherwise involved in criminal activity.

On February 14, 2017 there was another fatal “hit & run” crash in the Chicago area, this one in Des Plaines.

According to Des Plaines Police, the accident occurred while two men were crossing westbound South Wolf Road near Jarvis Avenue at approximately 6:15 a.m.  They had just gotten off a Pace bus before attempting to cross the street.  As they were attempting to cross the street, they were both struck by a white work van.

Both of the pedestrians were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of their accident injuries.  One man was declared dead, while another received medical treatment for accident injuries considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this fatal “hit & run” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Man fatally struck by hit-and-run van in Des Plaines” as well as the February 14 Daily Herald article titled “Man dies in Des Plaines hit-and-run crash.”

Fatal Car Crash On Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

There was a fatal Chicago car crash early Saturday (February 11, 2017) on Lake Shore Drive on the South Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident involved a car colliding with a pole after leaving the roadway.  The collision happened on Lake Shore Drive at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes, near Oakwood Boulevard.

The driver, a 24-year-old woman, died at the accident scene.  A 27-year-old male passenger was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

An excerpt from the February 11, 2017 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Road Rage May Have Led to Fatal Lake Shore Drive Crash:  Chicago Police“:

Police did not release more details, but said the crash “was possibly road rage-related.” CPD’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit is handling the case.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Lake Shore Drive crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above as well as the February 11 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Road rage might have led to fatal Lake Shore Drive crash.”

Trucker Health And Truck Crashes

Truck accidents that occur in Cook County are discussed on the “Cook County Truck Accidents” page.  This page discusses various Cook County truck accident statistics, and discusses causes of truck accidents.

Individual posts that largely summarize truck accidents that have happened in Cook County are seen under the “truck accidents” category.

Newly released research from Medline Plus (National Institutes of Health) discusses another factor that appears to have an influence on truck crashes – the health of the truck driver.

An excerpt from the Medline Plus page titled “Truckers’ Poor Health:  An Accident Waiting to Happen?“:

Researchers examined data from more than 49,000 commercial truck drivers and found that 34 percent had at least one of several health problems — such as heart disease, low back pain and diabetes — that have been linked with poor driving performance.

Truck drivers with three or more of the flagged medical conditions were two to four times more likely to be in a crash than their healthier peers, the University of Utah researchers found.

For example, the rate of crashes resulting in injury among all truck drivers was 29 per 100 million miles traveled, but was 93 per 100 million miles traveled for drivers with three or more of the identified health problems.

However, the study wasn’t designed to prove a cause-and-effect link.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these truck accident issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Car Hits Girl In Evanston

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 elsewhere.  On this site, there have been many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents – some fatal – in which walkers have been struck by vehicles as they walk within crosswalks.

As seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents, there are a wide range of injuries that can occur, and these vary in their severity.  Some of these injuries have been fatal in nature, either immediately (i.e. at the accident scene) or after a period of hospitalization.

The issue of people being hit by vehicles while walking in crosswalks, as well as other aspects of pedestrian accidents, is further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

There was a pedestrian accident Friday afternoon (February 3, 2017) in Evanston.  According to at least one media source, the accident happened as a girl was walking in a crosswalk.  The accident happened on McCormick Avenue.

The accident is further discussed in the February 3, 2017 Wilmette Patch article titled “Child Hit by Car in Evanston Friday” as well as the February 3 Evanston Now article titled “Child hit by car on McCormick.”

Three People Hit And Injured By Vehicle In Morton Grove

There was a “Hit & Run” accident Wednesday morning (February 1, 2017) in Morton Grove.  A house as well as three pedestrians were hit by a vehicle, after which the driver fled the accident scene.

According to police, the three people hit by the vehicle were a man and woman in their 20s as well as a 2-year-old child.

All three of the pedestrians were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for medical treatment of their accident injuries.

The alleged “Hit & Run” driver was apprehended by police.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of February 1, 2017, titled “Woman charged with Morton Grove hit-and-run that hurt toddler“:

Yogini Tailor, 54, faces a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury for the 11 a.m. crash in the 8500 block of Menard Avenue, according to Morton Grove police.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this collision which injured three pedestrians can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the February 2 Wilmette Patch article titled “Toddler Hurt in Morton Grove Hit-and-Run Wednesday.”

Two Recent “Hit & Run” Accidents In Cook County

“Hit & Run” accidents continue to be a major problem throughout the Chicago area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category.  While there are many reasons that drivers may wish to flee the scene of the accident, one reason is that they may fear the repercussions of their actions if they are at fault for causing the accident.  Many times “Hit & Run” drivers are driving while intoxicated (DUI).  Other such drivers may be traveling in a stolen vehicle or otherwise be involved in criminal activity.

Recently there have been numerous notable “Hit & Run” accidents in the Chicago area.  One such accident happened in Forest Park on January 22, 2017, and involved a car striking a pedestrian, then fleeing the accident scene, on Roosevelt Road near Desplaines Avenue.  The pedestrian was reported to be seriously injured and hospitalized.  This accident is further discussed in the January 27, 2017 abc7chicago.com article titled “Man charged with Forest Park hit-and-run crash” as well as the January 23 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Hit-and-Run Leaves Man Seriously Injured in Forest Park.”

Another pedestrian accident in which the motorist fled the scene happened in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood on Monday night, January 23, 2017.  In this accident, a van struck two teenagers who were crossing the street in a crosswalk in the 800 block of North Lorel.  Both teenagers, ages 16 and 13, were injured and hospitalized.  Their accident injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.  An excerpt from the January 24, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “2 teens struck by van in Austin hit-and-run crash“:

The van was later found abandoned in the 5300 block of West Huron. The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

This accident is also discussed in the January 24 CBS Chicago article titled “2 Teens Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver In Austin.”

Additional details regarding these Chicago-area pedestrian accidents in which the drivers left the accident scene can be seen in the media sources mentioned above.

Fatal West Town Car Collision

There was a fatal car collision Saturday (January 28, 2017) in the West Town Chicago neighborhood.  One driver died and three other people were injured during the crash.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 1:35 p.m., as a man driving west on Hubbard Street in a Jeep Cherokee “ran” a stop sign and struck a Toyota Camry that was traveling northbound on North Ashland.

The driver of the Camry, a 58-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the Jeep Cherokee along with two passengers in the Jeep were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article (with crash scene photo) of January 28, 2017 titled “Man charged with DUI after fatal West Town crash” with regard to the driver of the Jeep Cherokee:

Yonatan D. Monrroy-Madrid, 19, faces one felony count of aggravated DUI causing an accident resulting in a death, according to a statement from Chicago Police. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to reduce speed.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Chicago collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 28 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 3 injured in West Town traffic crash.”