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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 Motorcycle Collision In Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood

A motorcyclist has died in the days following a motorcycle accident in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday (May 17, 2017) in the 800 block of West Grand Avenue.  At this time, there was a collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle.

The cause of the crash as well as fault in the accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

The motorcyclist, identified as Daniel Nitu, 37, of Chicago, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died Saturday afternoon.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 21, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “37-year-old man dies following West Town crash” as well as the May 22 CBS Chicago article titled “Man Dies 3 Days After West Town Crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle-Car Collision In Mount Prospect

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Tuesday night (May 16, 2017) in Mount Prospect.  The accident involved a motorcycle colliding with a car.

According to information provided by the Mount Prospect Police Department, the collision occurred just before 9:00 p.m. at Algonquin Road and Dempster Street.

At that time, a motorcyclist traveling westbound in the curb lane on Algonquin was struck by a Toyota Corolla that was heading eastbound on Algonquin.  At the time of the collision the Corolla was attempting to turn left into a private driveway.

The motorcyclist, identified as Jason Alexander, 33, of Mount Prospect, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died from multiple accident injuries at 11:09 p.m.

The driver of the Toyota, a 23-year-old woman from Mount Prospect, as well as a passenger in the car, were not injured during the accident.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of May 18, 2017, titled “Motorcyclist killed in Mount Prospect crash“:

Witnesses told investigators the motorcyclist was speeding before the crash, police said.

Mount Prospect police are investigating. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the department’s Major Accident Investigation Team 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 Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the May 18 Daily Herald article titled “Mount Prospect man dies when motorcycle hits car.”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash On The Edens Expressway Near Wilson Avenue

There was a fatal motorcycle accident early Sunday morning (May 14, 2017) on the Edens Expressway.

This accident involved a motorcycle loss of control.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the May 14, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Edens Expressway crash,” which summarizes preliminary accident investigation findings by the Illinois State Police (ISP):

Hector Virella, 45, was driving a 1998 black Honda motorcycle “at a high rate of speed” at 3:10 a.m. north in the outbound lanes of the Interstate 94 near Wilson Avenue when he lost control, veered left onto the shoulder and struck the wall, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. No other vehicles were involved.

Virella, of Chicago, was pronounced dead after being taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

Fatal Motorcycle Collision In Oak Park

There was a fatal motorcycle accident early Wednesday (May 3, 2017) morning in Oak Park.

According to information provided by the Village of Oak Park, the collision involved a motorcycle and another vehicle.

An excerpt from the May 3, 2017 Oak Leaves article titled “Berwyn man killed in motorcycle crash in Oak Park“:

According to a news release from the Village of Oak Park, Juan Diaz, 27, of the 1400 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, Berwyn, was driving his motorcycle shortly after midnight Wednesday on westbound Roosevelt Road when he struck a vehicle turning east onto Roosevelt Road from Cuyler Avenue.

Witnesses told police that Diaz was “traveling at a high rate of speed” prior to the accident, police said.

During the collision, Diaz was ejected from the motorcycle.

He was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was pronounced dead by the Cook Couny Medical Examiner’s Office at 1:18 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Diaz was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.  That driver, identified as Tony Williams, 41, of Chicago, was not injured during the accident.

This fatal Illinois motorcycle accident continues to be under investigation.  The Oak Park Police Department are asking those who have information regarding the accident to call 708-386-3800; anonymous tips can be made by phone at 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Oak Leaves article mentioned above as well as the May 3 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Killed In Oak Park Motorcycle Crash.”

Boy Struck By Vehicle While Walking In Wheeling Crosswalk

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to both the severity of the injuries (some fatal) these accidents typically involve, as well as the increase in such accidents.   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 following pages:

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 happen while the pedestrians are walking in a crosswalk.  This aspect is further discussed on the “Accidents That Happen Within Crosswalks” page.

Another such incident happened yesterday (April 25, 2017). A 12-year-old boy was struck while walking in a crosswalk in Wheeling.  The pedestrian accident happened near Wheeling High School.

An excerpt regarding the accident, as seen in the April 26, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Boy, 12, struck by vehicle near Wheeling High School“:

The boy was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Hintz Road and Sherwood Drive when a westbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old struck him about 3:20 p.m., Wheeling Deputy Chief Todd Wolff said Wednesday.

The boy was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the boy is 17 years old.  Preliminary crash investigation findings indicate that the driver was neither impaired nor traveling at a high speed at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above as well as the April 26 Deerfield Patch article titled “Boy, 12, Hit by Car Near Wheeling High School.”

Bridgeport “Head-On Collision” Possibly Due To Street Racing

Because of its nature, street racing and other “high-speed driving” often leads to serious accidents and accompanying injuries.  In recent years, there have been many Chicago-area accidents that have involved street racing and drag racing.  There are many reasons why such high-speed driving is hazardous, including that the streets in which such racing occurs were not designed for safe driving at high speeds.

There has been a two-car accident in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood (South Side) on Sunday night (April 16, 2017) which may have involved street racing by one or both vehicles.

According to Chicago Police, the accident, which involved a “head-on collision” between two vehicles, happened shortly before midnight as two cars were driving in the 2800 block of South Archer.  One westbound car collided with an eastbound car.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of April 17, 2017, titled “CFD:  2 injured in Bridgeport crash, may have been street racing“:

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the crash may have been a result of street racing.

One of the drivers have to be extricated from his car.  The drivers were taken to Stroger Hospital, were one was said to be in critical condition and one was said to be in serious condition.  They were the only occupants in the two cars.

The Chicago Police Department Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “head-on collision” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the April 17 CBS Chicago article (with crash scene photos and a video) titled “Two Injured In Possible Street-Racing Crash In Bridgeport.”

Car Involved In Fatal Des Plaines Crash Was Traveling At 135 mph

Because of its nature, street racing and other “high-speed driving” often leads to “bad accidents” and accompanying serious injuries.  In recent years, many Chicago-area accidents that have involved such negligent and reckless high-speed driving have led to fatalities.

In the post titled “Four People Dead Following Des Plaines Car Crash” a February 16, 2017 car crash in Des Plaines that led to four deaths was summarized.  At that time, it was apparent that one of the cars involved in the collision was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately before the crash.

As is common in car accidents – especially those that include fatalities – a thorough accident investigation, which often includes a traffic crash reconstruction – is conducted.  Due to the nature of these investigations, they can take a considerable amount of time before such final investigation findings are released.

Crash investigation findings concerning the Des Plaines crash mentioned above have been released.  The findings are summarized in the April 13, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Police:  Mercedes was going 135 mph in fatal Northwest Highway crash.”

Two excerpts from that article:

The driver of a Mercedes-Benz was traveling about 135 mph when the vehicle struck and killed three Arlington Heights family members, according to details of a Des Plaines police investigation released Wednesday.

also:

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old passenger in the Mercedes-Benz has survived the crash with a traumatic brain injury. Last week, detectives talked to the Des Plaines man at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he’s remained since the crash, but the interview did not produce information.

The article states that toxicology results from the deceased driver (Piotr Rog, 21) are to be forthcoming, and such results will determine if impairment due to drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the fatal crash.

Additional details regarding this fatal Cook County high-speed driving accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Lynwood Fatal Motorcycle Crash

There was a motorcycle accident in Lynwood which led to the death of the motorcyclist.

Details regarding this fatal motorcycle accident appear limited at this time.

The motorcyclist was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Stanley Evans, 67, of Lynwood.  He died on Sunday night (April 9, 2017) from his accident injuries.

An excerpt regarding the crash, as seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article of April 11, 2017, titled “Man dies after motorcycle crash in Lynwood“:

Evans, who lived in Lynwood, was involved in a motorcycle crash near Lincoln Highway and East Sauk Trail, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Monday revealed he suffered multiple injuries in the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

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

Fatal “Hit & Run” Motorcycle Accident In South Holland

There was a fatal motorcycle collision Saturday night (April 8, 2017) in South Holland.  The collision, which involved a Suzuki motorcycle and a silver Honda – was a “hit & run accident.”

According to South Holland Police, the collision happened at approximately 7:35 p.m., as the motorcycle was eastbound on 170th Street.  After passing several vehicles, it crashed into a silver Honda at Dobson Avenue.

The motorcyclist, identified as Asa A. Cole, 25, of South Holland, was ejected from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The Honda involved in the accident left the accident scene, but the front bumper with an Illinois license plate was left behind.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the  South Holland Police Investigations Unit and the South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 10, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run crash in South Holland” as well as the April 9 abc7chicago.com article (with video and remembrances) titled “South Holland barbershop owner killed in hit-and-run motorcycle crash.”

Lake Shore Drive Accident Involving Car Hitting Tree

There was a car crash early Thursday morning (April 6, 2017) on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive on the north side, near West Wilson Avenue.

First responders went to the accident scene at approximately 6:20 a.m.  Preliminary crash investigation findings indicate that a a 60-year-old man driving southbound lost control of his car, drove onto the median, and struck a tree.

The crash was a “pin-in” crash in which the driver had to be extricated from the car.  He was then taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries, and was reported to be in critical condition.

A 34-year-old female passenger refused medical treatment.

A crash scene photo shows extensive damage to the car.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article (with accident scene photo) of April 6, 2017, titled “Man critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash where car hits tree“:

Roads were slick and strong winds were blowing in the area at the time of the crash. Chopper 7HD flew over the scene, showing a large pool of water near the crash site.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Chicago crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above as well as the April 6 dnainfo.com article titled “Driver Hits Tree On North Lake Shore Drive.”