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.

Recent Cook County Rollover Accidents

As discussed on the Cook County Rollover Accidents page, rollover accidents are especially problematical as they typically lead to serious injuries, including those to the neck and spinal cord, as well as head trauma.  As well, many rollover accidents lead to fatalities.  One of the reasons that rollover accident injuries are serious, if not life-threatening, is the force with which rollovers occur.  This is because rollover accidents are more prone to happen when certain factors are present, including higher speeds.  Due to the physics involved, ejections (when a vehicle occupant is fully or partially thrown from the vehicle) often happen during rollover accidents, as those who aren’t wearing seat belts are especially vulnerable.

Recently, there have been a number of Cook County rollover accidents, some of which have led to serious and fatal injuries.

These recent rollover crashes include:

  • A fatal rollover accident on I-57 on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  This happened at about 2:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-57 near 99th and Halsted Street.  This rollover accident is further described in the July 24, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 killed in I-57 rollover crash.”
  • A rollover accident with an ejection on the Bishop Ford Freeway on July 23, 2016.  10 people were injured during this rollover accident.  This rollover crash is discussed in the July 23, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “10 injured in Bishop Ford rollover” as well as the July 23 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “10 Seriously Injured in Rollover Crash on Chicago’s South Side.”
  • A July 18, 2016 rollover crash on Interstate 80/94 near Route 394 in which one woman was killed and six other vehicle occupants – including five children – were injured.  This accident involved a minivan colliding with a semi truck.  Additional details are seen on the July 18 NBC Chicago article titled “Woman Killed, 6 Injured in Expressway Crash in South Suburbs:  Police.”

Additional details regarding these rollover accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Truck Accident Shuts Down The Stevenson Expressway

There was an accident on the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) involving two semi trucks and three cars just before 11:00 a.m.  The accident scene is near the Pulaski Road exit.  The crash led to both semi trucks catching fire, with one of the trucks said to be carrying hazardous materials in the form of paint.

One person in a minivan died in the accident.  The minivan was found underneath one of the semi trucks.

As well, another person was taken to a hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

The accident appears to have been a “chain-reaction” accident.  A description of the crash as seen in the July 25 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person found dead in van under semi after Stevenson fire“:

A semi-truck carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen meat struck a passenger vehicle in front of it in the southbound lanes near Cicero, police said. The passenger vehicle then hit another vehicle, thought to be a green minivan.

The green minivan was forced underneath another semi-truck, which was carrying 17,800 pounds of flammable paint, police said. The minivan hit another vehicle, but only the first four caught fire.

The entire Stevenson Expressway has been closed and as of 12:30 p.m. there is no word as to when it will be reopened.

Additional details regarding this Cook County truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the Naperville Patch article (with pictures) of July 25, 2016 titled “I-55 Shut Down:  2 Trucks On Fire on Stevenson Expressway” as well as the July 25 CBS Chicago article (with pictures and video) titled “Truck Fire Shuts Down Stevenson Expressway.”

Runner Fatally Struck By SUV On Chicago’s South Side

As further discussed on the Cook County Rollover Accidents page, rollover accidents often have certain characteristics and have a greater potential than other crashes to involve fatalities.

An example of a fatal rollover accident happened on Wednesday morning (July 20, 2016) in which a jogger was fatally struck by a Jeep SUV in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, Dr. Gary Toback was jogging and was hit by a Jeep in the 6700 block of South Bennett Avenue at approximately 6:40 a.m.  The accident happened after the driver lost control of the SUV.  The SUV rolled over and landed near West 67th Street and South Jeffery Avenue.

Toback died at the accident scene.

While the driver refused medical treatment at the accident scene, a 2-year-old girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

The Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating exactly how the crash happened.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article (with video) of July 20, 2016 titled “Dr. Gary Toback of University of Chicago fatally struck in South Shore rollover crash” as well as the July 20 dnainfo.com article titled “U Of C Doctor Gary Toback Killed While Jogging In South Shore.”

Two Drivers Dead Following “Wrong-Way Driver” Crash On Route 53

There was a fatal crash early Tuesday morning (July 19, 2016) on Route 53 in Rolling Meadows.  The crash involved a “wrong-way” driver.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) a preliminary investigation indicates that the crash happened at approximately 4:10 a.m. on Route 53 near Euclid Avenue.  At that time, a driver of a 2014 Toyota, who was driving southbound in the northbound lanes, struck a 2010 Chevrolet in a “head-on” collision.  The Toyota then continued driving in the wrong direction and crashed “head-on” with a 2006 Toyota van that was a taxi.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Zachary Sipe, 21, of Mount Prospect, as well as the driver of the taxi, Peter Wierzbicki, 64, of Lisle, were both killed in the collisions.

The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Jarrod Oden, 43, of Palatine.  Initial media reports did not indicate if he was hurt during the collision.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal “wrong-way driver” crash can be seen in a number of media sources, including the July 19, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Drivers from Lisle, Mount Prospect killed in crash on Illinois Route 53, police say” as well as the July 19 Daily Herald article titled “Mount Prospect driver, Lisle man died in wrong-way crash on Route 53” and the July 19 Palatine Patch article titled “2 Dead After Wrong-Way Crash on Route 53 in Rolling Meadows.”

Streamwood Pedestrian Accident Injures Two People

There was a pedestrian accident Saturday night (July 16, 2016) in Streamwood.  The accident involved a vehicle striking two pedestrians at approximately 9:50 p.m.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of July 18, 2016, titled “Pedestrians injured when struck by vehicle in Streamwood“:

The crash occurred about 9:50 p.m., when a vehicle traveling west on Irving Park Road from McKool Avenue hit an adult man and adult woman as they were walking in the Irving Park median, police said.

The woman, who was identified as a 32-year-old resident of Streamwood, was taken to Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.  Her injuries were said to include head injuries.

The man was identified as a 36-year-old resident of Streamwood.  He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his injuries. He was reported to be in serious condition.  His injuries also included head injuries.

The vehicle’s driver and passenger were not injured in the collision.

This Cook County pedestrian accident is under investigation by the Streamwood Police as well as by Serious Traffic Crash Reconstruction (S.T.A.R).

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

Fatal SUV Rollover Accident On The Bishop Ford

There was a fatal Cook County rollover accident on the Bishop Ford Expressway on Monday, July 11, 2016.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the rollover crash happened at approximately 1:05 a.m., on the southbound ramp of Interstate 94 to eastbound Interstate 80.  At that time, a driver of a SUV lost control of the vehicle, and a rollover crash occurred.

The driver, initially only identified as a woman, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Three other people in the SUV were also injured.  Their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature, and they were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal rollover accident can be seen in July 11, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Woman killed in crash on Bishop Ford Freeway” as well as the July 11 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman killed in rollover accident on Bishop Ford.”

Drug Use Before Driving

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is often heard as a reason for or contributing factor to car and other vehicle crashes.  However, intoxication by drugs or by inhaling chemicals (sniffing or “huffing”) are other ways in which one can become intoxicated before driving.   The list of drugs that drivers have used before crashing is extensive, and includes marijuana, cocaine, heroin and various hallucinogens.

Sometimes, drivers can be intoxicated on both alcohol and drugs.  Driving while intoxicated on drugs has caused many crashes, including some recent notable fatal accidents in the Chicago area as well as nationally.

On July 5, 2016, there was a fatal car crash in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood.  This crash is summarized in the July 6 post titled “Fatal Car Crash In Chicago’s Brighton Park Neighborhood.”

Two later articles discuss the accident and additional details regarding the causes for that crash, which allegedly involved drug intoxication.  Those articles are the July 8 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Prosecutor:  woman drinking, had PCP in system before deadly crash” as well as the July 8 dnainfo article titled “Driver was going 89 MPH, On PCP When She Caused Fatal Crash:  Prosecutors.”

Two excerpts from the dnainfo article:

A South Side woman was driving 89 mph on California Avenue when she caused a fatal crash in Brighton Park late Tuesday, prosecutors said. The speed limit is 30 mph.

Tania Reyna, 39, tested positive for PCP and had three bottles of Grey Goose vodka in her car, Assistant State’s Attorney Erika Gilliam Booker said during a bond hearing Friday.


Reyna is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI causing death. She was also cited for running a stop sign, failure to reduce speed, failure to stay in her own lane and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Additionally, distracted driving may have played a role in the crash.  An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article:

Reyna, 39, also told officers she had been drinking the alcoholic beverage Four Loko and fighting with her boyfriend before she slammed into Carlos De Lourdes’ car at 44th Street and California, according to her arrest report.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago crash can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Car Crash In Chicago’s Brighton Park Neighborhood

There was a fatal car collision late Tuesday (July 5, 2016) in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood (South Side.)  According to Chicago Police, the accident was alcohol-related.

The man killed was 28 years old.  As well, there were two other people who were injured.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 11:45 p.m., as a 39-year-old woman was driving south on California Avenue.  At that time, she “ran” a stop sign and then struck another car that was traveling eastbound on 44th Street.

The car traveling on 44th Street struck a light pole and another pole before coming to a stop.  The driver, a 28-year-old man, was pinned in the car and had to be extricated by the Chicago Fire Department.  After being freed from the car, he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, where he was pronounced dead.

The car that ran the stop sign continued going southbound on California, and struck at least two parked cars.  The driver was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of July 6, 2016, titled “Man killed in alcohol-related crash in Brighton Park, authorities say“:

The crash is believed to be alcohol-related, police said.

The 39-year-old woman is in custody, and charges are pending against her.

Additional details regarding this Chicago car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the July 6 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police investigate fatal crash in Brighton Park.”

Fatal Truck-Bicycle Collision In Chicago’s Avondale Neighborhood

There was a fatal Chicago bicycle accident Friday morning (July 1, 2016) in the Avondale neighborhood.  The accident involved a woman bicyclist (identified as Virginia Murray, 25, of Chicago) being fatally struck by a flatbed truck.  The woman was riding a Divvy bike at the time of the crash.

According to Chicago Police, a preliminary investigation indicates that the accident happened at approximately 9:00 a.m., as the truck and bicyclist were both traveling northbound on Sacramento.  As both the truck and bicyclist attempted to turn east onto Belmont Avenue, the truck struck – and one prominent media source indicates ran over – the bicyclist.

An excerpt from the July 1, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Bicyclist fatally struck by truck in Avondale“:

The 25-year-old woman suffered head trauma and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Her name was not being released Friday morning pending notification of her family.

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

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the July 1 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman bicyclist killed in traffic crash on Northwest Side.”

Man Riding Bicycle Struck By Train In Chicago’s Garfield Ridge Neighborhood

A man riding a bicycle was struck by a train in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood on Sunday night, June 26, 2016.  The accident happened near the intersection of W. 59th Street and S. Narragansett Avenue.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of June 26, 2016, titled “Bicyclist struck by train on SW Side“:

About 9:30 p.m., the 52-year-old rode his bike around warning signals and onto the tracks on South Narragansett Avenue near West 59th Street, when he was struck by an eastbound BNSF train, according to Chicago Police.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article of June 27 titled “Person on a Bike Fatally Hit By Train on Chicago’s Southwest Side“:

He was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials confirmed. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the NBC Chicago and Chicago Sun-Times articles mentioned above.