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.

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Bicyclist Injured In Hit & Run Accident Near Franklin Park

A driver has been charged in a Cook County hit & run accident in which he struck a bicyclist near Franklin Park, Illinois.

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, this bicycle accident happened on Saturday (October 18, 2014) at 10 p.m., as a Ford Mustang traveling southbound (and reported to be speeding) on Mannheim struck the cyclist near Montana Avenue.

The bicyclist, identified as a 44-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The driver was identified as Emmanuel Garcia, 23, of Melrose Park.  He was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident as well as with failing to report an injury accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 22, 2014 Cook County Sheriff’s Office press release titled “Man Arrested In Leyden Township Hit And Run” as well as the October 23 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Driver charged in hit-and-run that seriously hurt bicyclist.”

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Dan Ryan Accident Involving School Bus Injures 14 People

There was a school bus accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway Monday morning, October 20, 2014.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 9:20 a.m. on the northbound Dan Ryan near 89th Street.

The accident also involved two passenger vehicles and a pickup truck, and the school bus was said to be full with children heading on a field trip.

Seven children and seven adults were taken to hospitals with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.  The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 20, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “14 injured in Dan Ryan crash involving school bus” as well as the October 20 CBS Chicago article titled “14 injured In Dan Ryan Crash Involving School Bus.”

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Fatal Car Crash On Chicago’s West Side

There was a fatal Cook County car accident late Sunday night (October 19, 2014) on the West Side of Chicago.

According to Chicago Police, this fatal car accident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 4000 block of West Ogden, when a westbound car, said to be speeding, hit the back of a Chicago Police SUV.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the two men in the car – identified as Hugo Rodriquez, 27, of Elgin, and Jahaziel Duron, 21, of Berwyn – were declared dead at the accident scene.

The Chicago Police sergeant in the police SUV was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 20, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Two killed, sergeant hurt in West Side crash” as well as the October 20 CBS Chicago article titled “2 Dead, Police Officer Injured In West Side Crash.”

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“Wrong-Way Driver” On I-57

There was another Chicago-area incident involving “wrong-way driving” early Friday morning, October 17, 2014.  The incident happened on I-57 near 111th Street at approximately 5:45 a.m.

This “wrong-way driver” was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, according to Illinois State Police (ISP).

The vehicle stopped after intervention by other motorists; no accident occurred.

The “wrong-way driver” was identified as Danny Sevilla, 33, an off-duty Chicago Police Officer.  At the time of the incident, he was driving a 2010 Black Mitsubishi Outlander.

According to the ISP, Sevilla was charged with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “wrong-way driver” incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 17, 2014 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Chicago Police Officer charged with DUI, driving wrong way on I-57” as well as the October 17 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Danny Sevilla, Chicago police officer, charged with DUI, driving wrong way on I-57.”

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10 Most Dangerous Intersections For Pedestrians In Chicago

The Active Transportation Alliance has released a list of the 10 most dangerous Chicago intersections for pedestrians, i.e. those walking across the street.

The list of the 10 intersections can be found at the Active Transportation Alliance’s “Safe Crossings Fact Sheet” (pdf) as well as at the dnainfo.com article of October 14, 2014 titled “Chicago’s Ten Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians.”

The “Safe Crossings Fact Sheet” mentioned above contains a variety of statistics regarding pedestrian accidents and fatalities, as well as a list of “10 Dangerous Suburban Intersections.”

Two excerpts from the dnainfo.com article mentioned above:

The Active Transportation Alliance launched its Safe Crossings campaign Tuesday by pointing out that 78 percent of all crashes involving a pedestrian in Chicago take place within 125 feet of an intersection. Some 29 city pedestrians died in accidents last year, and 21 have already died thus far this year.

also:

According to alliance figures, one-third of Chicago traffic fatalities involved pedestrians in 2012, compared with 14 percent statewide, and 40 percent of city pedestrian deaths involved hit-and-run drivers, compared with 20 percent nationwide.

The article also mentions that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) estimates that about 3,000 pedestrians are hit by vehicles each year in the City of Chicago, and this results in 30 deaths a year.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the two sources listed above, as well as the October 15 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.”

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Bicycle Accident On Ashland Avenue

There was a hit & run accident Tuesday afternoon (October 7, 2014) in which a semi struck a bicyclist in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood.

Details regarding this bicycle accident are somewhat limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:25 p.m., as a semi truck heading south on Ashland Avenue struck a bicyclist in the 3600 block.  The truck driver then drove off.

The bicyclist, identified only as being 47 years old, was taken in critical condition to Stroger for treatment of injuries.

An excerpt from the October 9, 2014 dnainfo.com article titled “Semi Driver Who Hit Cyclist in McKinley Park Sought By Police“:

Officers described the truck driver as a white man in his 30s with a slender build. The man had blonde hair and a short, clean-cut beard. Anyone with information on this accident is asked to call detectives at 312-745-4521.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago bicycling accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article mentioned above as well as the abc7chicago article titled “Truck driver sought in McKinley Park hit-and-run, cyclist in critical condition,” which also has a picture of the semi truck.

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Lawsuit Filed Regarding September 13, 2014 Chicago Car Crash

There has been a Cook County Circuit Court lawsuit filed regarding a September 13, 2014 car accident, in which five people were in Philip Cho’s car when it crashed in the 700 block of West Erie in Chicago.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by three people who were in the car.  Of the three plaintiffs, Kelsey Ibac suffered a spinal cord injury during the accident and is now paralyzed from the waist down;  Brittney Zingsheim suffered a severed thumb as a result of the crash; and Bradley Schaum suffered lacerations to the back of his head.

The accident happened after Cho lost control of the car he was driving, at which point the car crashed into utility poll, rolled over and down an embankment.

Cho allegedly fled the scene accident, leaving the other occupants behind in the wreckage.

An excerpt from the October 9, 2014 Naperville Sun article titled “Woman paralyzed in car crash sues Naperville man“:

The 12-count suit is seeking more than $600,000 and is suing The Mid and Hubbard House Inn under the Dram Shop Act. It is also suing Cho and his employer, Pure Sole Entertainment, for negligence.

Additional details regarding this Cook County Circuit Court personal injury lawsuit and the circumstances regarding the car crash can be found in a variety of media sources, including the Naperville Sun article mentioned above, as well as the October 8 dnainfo.com article titled “Lakeview Woman Paralyzed in Club Promoter’s Car Wreck Sues Driver, Bar.”

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11-Vehicle Fatal Vehicle Accident In Oak Lawn, Illinois

There was an 11-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon (October 5, 2014) on 95th Avenue in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Three people died from injuries sustained during this accident.

According to Oak Lawn Police, police were notified of this Cook County vehicle accident at 4:27 p.m.  The accident happened as the driver of a pickup truck, which was speeding west on 95th Street, “ran” a red light at Cicero Avenue, then crossed over into the eastbound lanes.  In doing so, the pickup truck hit vehicles that were waiting for the light to change.

The three people killed in the accident included the driver of the pickup truck, and all three were declared dead at the accident scene.

Eleven other people were injured during the accident.  While most of these people sustained minor injuries, two people were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and listed in critical condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 6, 2014 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “3 killed in 11-car pileup…” as well as the October 5 CBS Chicago article titled “Two Nuns, Elderly Man Killed In ‘Bizarre’ Oak Lawn Wreck” and the October 5 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “Updated:  Police Confirm 3 Dead, 11 Injured in 95th Street Car Crash.”

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Fatal Car Collision On Chicago’s Bishop Ford Freeway

There was a fatal car accident early Sunday morning (October 5, 2014) on the Bishop Ford Freeway on Chicago’s South Side.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this fatal accident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on the Bishop Ford near South Cottage Grove Avenue.  The crash involved a car that ran into the back of a semi truck that had slowed as it approached a construction zone.

During the collision, the car became stuck under the semi truck.

The two men inside the car were declared dead at the accident scene.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, they were identified as Darryl B. Clark, 26, of Chicago, and Lamont F. Taylor, 25, of Chicago.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 6, 2014 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Two killed in crash on Bishop Ford Freeway” as well as the October 5, 2014 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Two Men Killed In Bishop Ford Crash.”

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Fatal Traffic Collision On The Dan Ryan Expressway

There was a fatal Chicago traffic accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Monday afternoon, September 29, 2014.  According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened in the southbound lanes at 43rd Street.

According to the preliminary investigation, this fatal multi-vehicle accident happened at about 1:00 p.m., after a Pontiac Grand Am broke down and was in the far left shoulder, sticking out into the far left lane.  At that point, a passing motorist tried to avoid hitting the vehicle, but struck it.

A “chain-reaction” accident followed, in which two other vehicles were involved.

The driver of the Grand Am, identified as Reginald Hudson, 58, of Calumet City, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Others also injured in the crash were taken to hospitals.

As a result of the accident, the far left lanes of the Dan Ryan were closed near the accident scene.  All Dan Ryan lanes were reopened by 5:10 p.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago traffic accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 29, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “State police:  Motorist cited after fatal 4-vehicle crash on Ryan” as well as the September 29 abc7chicago.com article titled “1 killed in Dan Ryan crash at 43rd, all lanes re-opened.”

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