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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 Crash In Glencoe

There was a fatal motorcycle crash Thursday morning (September 21, 2017) in Glencoe.  The motorcycle accident only involved the motorcycle (i.e. it was a single-vehicle accident) that occurred just before 7:00 a.m.   The accident scene was at the intersection of Lake-Cook and Sheridan Roads.

Details regarding the crash and its cause appear to be limited at this time.  An excerpt regarding the accident, from the September 21, 2017 Glencoe News article titled “Bourbonnais man killed in Glencoe motorcycle crash,” quoting Glencoe Deputy Chief Richard Weiner:

Weiner said the single-vehicle crash took place in the curve of the intersection. The mishap closed the intersection for more than six and a half hours; Weiner said it was reopened to traffic shortly after 1:30 p.m.

The motorcyclist was identified as George Berdebes, 29, of Bourbonnais.  He died at the accident scene.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Glencoe Police Department as well as NORTAF (the North Regional Task Force).

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Glencoe News article mentioned above as well as the September 21 Highland Park Patch article titled “Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Sheridan And Lake Cook In Glencoe.”

Chicago Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents typically cause serious accident injuries, and possibly fatal injuries, for the occupants of the vehicle that has rolled over.

While rollover accidents can happen for many different reasons, there are common causes of rollover accidents.  These accidents – including their causes, injuries, and what to do if you have been injured in such a crash – are further discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page.

While there are many steps one can take to avoid being in a rollover accident, among the most important step to take is to wear a seat belt.  Seat belts can greatly reduce the possibility of being ejected from the vehicle if the vehicle rolls over.  The benefit of wearing seat belts – as well as its protection in avoiding an ejection – is further discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page.

As seen on that page, the benefits of wearing seat belts has been confirmed in numerous studies from many sources.

Two Chicago rollover accidents have recently happened, one in University Village and one on Lake Shore Drive.

The University Village crash is further discussed on the September 11, 2017 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Dead, 2 Injured In University Village Rollover Crash.”  This rollover accident happened early in the morning of September 11, 2017 and apparently caused at least one woman being ejected from the car.  That woman died at the accident scene, and two other people were critically injured.

The Lake Shore Drive rollover accident happened on August 29, 2017, and led to two people being injured and hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition.  The accident is further discussed on the August 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “2 critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash on North Side.”

Additional details regarding rollover crashes, as well as the crashes that happened in University Village and Lake Shore Drive, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Motorcycle Collision In Chicago’s Edgebrook Neighborhood

There was a fatal motorcycle collision Saturday morning (September 9, 2017) in Chicago’s Edgebrook neighborhood.  The collision involved a motorcycle and delivery truck.

According to Chicago Police, the collision happened at approximately 11:55 a.m., at the intersection of Lehigh Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the September 10, 2017 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead after motorcycle, truck collide in Edgebrook“:

A motorcycle and a delivery truck collided at the intersection of Lehigh and Hiawatha Avenues in the Edgebrook neighborhood about 11:55 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The delivery truck was turning into the northbound lanes when the motorcyclist, who had been traveling south, crash into the truck, police said.

The motorcyclist was identified as Ronald Koschalk, 58, of Chicago.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

According to Chicago Police, the truck driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above as well as the September 10 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash with delivery truck on NW Side.”

Bridgeview Fatal Motorcycle-Car Collision

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday night (September 8, 2017) in Bridgeview.  This accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and car, and appears to have involved a common cause of Illinois motorcycle accidents – a car turning left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.  The crash happened near the Southfield Shopping Plaza at Harlem and 88th Street.

An excerpt regarding the crash, as seen in the September 9, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies of injuries in Bridgeview motorcycle crash“:

Officers responded at 8:13 p.m. to a fatal crash in the 8800 block of Harlem Avenue, according to Bridgeview police spokesman Roy Hanania. Upon arrival, they learned that a Hyundai Santa Fe traveling south on Harlem was turning left into the parking lot of the Southfield Plaza, 8715 Harlem Ave., when it collided with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven north.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the motorcyclist was identified as Milton Winters, 32, of Palos Hills.  He was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m., having died of multiple accident injuries stemming from the collision.

Another excerpt from the Sun-Times article:

The Santa Fe’s 62-year-old driver, a Chicago Ridge woman, told officers that she didn’t see the motorcycle when she made the left turn into the parking lot, police said.

The driver of the Santa Fe was cited for failure to yield while making a left-hand turn.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the September 9 Palos Patch article titled “Palos Heights Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With SUV.”

Kennedy Expressway (I-90) Fatal Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday evening (September 3, 2017) on the Kennedy Expressway (I-90.)

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Chicago Sun-Times article of September 4, 2017, titled “Motorcyclist killed in Kennedy Expressway crash“:

A group of motorcyclists were “driving recklessly” and speeding north on I-90 near Kimball Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when a white Suzuki motorcycle sideswiped a blue Yamaha motorcycle, according to Illinois State Police.

The Yamaha motorcycle then rear-ended a gray 2017 Porsche, police said. A 2006 Honda also was damaged by debris from the crash.

The rider of the Suzuki motorcycle, identified as Salaam Solano, 22, of Des Plaines, was ejected from the motorcycle.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The motorcyclist riding the Yamaha motorcyclist was also hurt, and he was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.  Those injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the September 4, 2017 abc7chicago.com article titled “1 dead in motorcycle crash on I-90.”

Motorcyclist Dies Following Maywood Accident

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Saturday night (September 2, 2017) in Maywood.

Details on the cause of the accident appear to be limited at this time.

An excerpt regarding the accident, as seen in the September 4, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “32-year-old man killed in Maywood motorcycle crash

Demitrius D. Talley suffered multiple blunt force traumatic injuries in a crash between a motorcycle and an automobile about 7 p.m. at the intersection of South 17th Avenue and South Maywood Drive in Maywood, according to autopsy results from the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Talley, 32, of Maywood, died after being taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of his accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the Village Free Press article titled “Maywood Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident on Sept. 2.”

Motorcyclist Dies After Crash In Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood

A motorcyclist has died ten days after a crash in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited.  The cause and fault of the crash do not appear to be disclosed at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the crash involved a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle at 12:23 a.m. August 19, 2017.  The accident scene was at Chicago and May.

The motorcyclist, identified as Michael John Westby, 33, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was hurt and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died from his accident injuries on August 29, 2017.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 31, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies 10 days after West Town crash.”  Obituary information for Michael John Westby can be found at this link.

Fatal Dolton Collision

Increasingly, the number of car crashes in Cook County as well as throughout Illinois happen after a driver takes drugs.  These drugs include both illegal drugs and prescription drugs.  Due to the level of driver impairment that these drugs can cause, many “drugged driver” accidents cause serious accident injuries, and many in the Chicago area have involved fatalities.

The issue of “drugged drivers” and the accidents that these drug-impaired drivers cause are further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  On the page various aspects are discussed, including the drugs typically involved and the impairment such drugs have on driving.  Numerous Cook County accidents in which drugs were taken by the driver before or during driving are also featured.

A recent fatal accident in Dolton allegedly may have involved driver drug and/or alcohol use.  The accident occurred early in the morning of Monday, August 28, 2017.

The accident is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of August 29, 2017, titled “Man killed, 3 injured in Dolton crash.”  The crash involved a collision between a BMW and Chevrolet.  An excerpt regarding the crash:

The crash happened about 12:20 a.m. at 14th Street and Woodlawn, according to Dolton police.

According to witnesses, a black BMW SUV was speeding and did not stop for a stop sign, police said. The BMW broadsided a black Chevrolet at the intersection.

The driver of the Chevrolet died at the accident scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  Three other people from the two vehicles were injured and hospitalized.

Another excerpt from the Sun-Times article:

Police said the driver of the BMW will be held for questioning once he is released from the hospital. Alcohol and drugs are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Near Caldwell Woods

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Saturday afternoon (August 26, 2017) in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood.

Details regarding the accident are somewhat limited.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 3:35 p.m., in the 6200 block of West Devon, which is near the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve. The pedestrian, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Joseph Giljum, 36, of Chicago, was struck by a vehicle.  

Giljum was pronounced dead after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

A subsequent autopsy found that he died of multiple blunt force injuries.

This fatal Chicago pedestrian accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 27 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man fatally struck in Norwood Park” as well as the August 28 Streetsblog Chicago post titled “No Citations for SUV Driver Who Fatally Struck Joseph Giljum, 36, Near Caldwell Woods.”

Fatal Car-Motorcycle Collision In Bridgeview

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday night (August 11, 2017) in Bridgeview.

This Chicago-area motorcycle accident appears to involve a motorist making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

First responders went to the accident scene, which was in the 8700 block of Olympic Drive, at 10:26 p.m.

An excerpt regarding the fatal motorcycle collision, from the August 12, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Bridgeview crash“:

Upon arrival, officers interviewed witnesses and determined that a motorcycle traveling east on 87th Street from Harlem crashed into a car traveling north on Olympic that was preparing to make a left turn to go west on 87th Street, Hanania said. The motorcycle was unable to stop and struck the driver’s side of the car.

The motorcyclist, identified as Matthew Englehart, 30, of Burbank.  Among his injuries included severe head trauma.  He died at the accident scene.

The driver of the car was identified as a 17-year-old girl.

The crash investigation is ongoing.  At this point no citations related to the accident have been issued.

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 August 12 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Killed In Bridgeview Crash Identified as Burbank Man.”