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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.

Car Crashes Into Des Plaines Condo Building

There was a fatal car accident Monday afternoon (June 29, 2015) in Des Plaines, Illinois involving a car that crashed into a condo building.

The accident happened shortly before 4:00 p.m., when a car swerved off the road and crashed into the condo building near River Road and River Street.

According to officials, the car swerved when the driver got a leg cramp.

A passenger in the car, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as Eva C. Lucero, 73, of Highland Park, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.  She was declared dead there.

The car’s driver and a back seat passenger were taken to hospitals for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 30, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Highland Park woman identified as Des Plaines crash victim” as well as the July 1 Highland Park Patch article titled “Highland Park Woman Dies in Des Plaines Car Crash.”

Two Killed In Cicero Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal Cook County motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon (June 27, 2015) in Cicero, Illinois.

Details on the accident – and specifically its causes – appear limited at this time.

According to Cicero Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m., near the intersection of Ogden Avenue and 51st Court.

As a result of the crash, both the motorcyclist and passenger were killed.

They were identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Bobby L. Donaldson, 33, of Lyons, and Amanda Damarisandino, 26, of Chicago.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 28, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, woman killed in Cicero motorcycle crash” as well as the June 28 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  Man, Woman Killed In Cicero Motorcycle Crash.”

Fatal Kennedy Expressway Crash In Hubbard’s Cave

There was a fatal Chicago car accident in the early morning hours of June 24, 2015 on the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) in Hubbard’s Cave.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened just before 2:00 a.m., and involved a collision between a car and semi truck.  The cause of the accident is still being determined.

One person involved in the crash died at the accident scene.  Two other people, one from the car and one from the truck, were injured during the accident.  For treatment of their accident injuries, one was taken to Stroger Hospital and one was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Details regarding this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 24, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “1 killed, 2 hurt in crash on Kennedy in Hubbard’s Cave” as well as the June 24 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Officials:  1 killed, 2 seriously injured in Kennedy crash near Loop.”

Man Dies After Being Struck By Semi On I-294

A man was fatally struck by a semi truck Friday evening (June 19, 2015) on Interstate 294 (I-294) near Alsip.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 6:34 p.m.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of June 20, 2015, titled “Man killed after being struck on I-294 near Alsip“:

Yousef Khatif, 27, parked his car on the right shoulder and ran into traffic around 6:34 p.m. in the right southbound lane of I-294 in front of a 2007 Peterbilt semitrailer, state police said, citing preliminary information.

Another excerpt, from the June 19, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies after running into oncoming traffic on I-294“:

The crash happened about a mile away from the 127th-Cicero exit.

Khatif, of Chicago Ridge, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. An autopsy on Saturday ruled his death a suicide.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times articles mentioned above.

I-55 Truck Collision Near Summit, Illinois Injures Six People

There was a truck accident early Friday morning (June 19, 2015) on Interstate 55 (I-55) near Summit in which a semi truck collided with 13 other vehicles.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 3:40 a.m., and occurred after a semi truck driver fell asleep, at which time his truck collided with 13 cars in a construction zone.  The accident happened on I-55 south of First Avenue.

At least six people were injured in the crash, and they were taken to hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.  None of the accident injuries are considered to be life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County truck accident be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 19, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Police:  6 hurt after semi driver falls asleep, slams into 13 cars on I-55” as well as the June 19 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Six Hospitalized In I-55 Crash Involving at Least 10 Vehicles:  ISP.”

Driver Charged Regarding Fatal Park Forest, Illinois Crash

A man has been charged with regard to a fatal car crash Wednesday (June 10, 2015) in Park Forest.

The crash happened as the car, which was allegedly stolen, was speeding and crashed into a tree near Western Avenue and Algonquin Street.

At the time of the crash, there were two passengers in the car, both boys.  One boy was identified as Donovon Scruggs, 15, of Park Forest, and another unidentified 16-year-old boy both died as a result of the crash.

The driver of the car fled the accident scene, but was later charged.  He was identified as Jonathan Hurst, 22, of Country Club Hills.

An excerpt from the June 12, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Country Club Hills man charged in Park Forest crash that killed 2 teens“:

Jonathan Hurst is charged with reckless homicide, aggravated drunken driving involving a crash resulting in multiple fatalities, leaving the scene and failing to report a fatal crash, according to Park Forest police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the June 12 CBS Chicago article titled “Man Charged In Deadly Park Forest Crash.”

Park Ridge Crash At Devon and Cumberland

There was a car crash Wednesday night (June 3, 2015) in Park Ridge involving a collision between two cars at Devon and Cumberland.  Four people were injured.

According to Park Ridge Police, the accident happened at approximately 10:50 p.m. when a SUV “ran” a red light as it was heading eastbound on Devon Avenue.  The car was said to be “speeding” and some believe that it may have been involved in “street racing” a second vehicle.  At that time, the SUV struck an Audi traveling northbound on Cumberland.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 20-year-old man, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  Two passengers in the SUV – an 18-year-old woman and 20-year-old man – were ejected during the accident and were also taken to Lutheran General.

The driver of the Audi, a 24-year-old woman, was taken to Resurrection Medical Center for treatment of her accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the June 4, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Police:  4 hurt when SUV ran red light, hit car in Park Ridge“:

There were some reports the SUV may have been racing with another vehicle shortly before the crash, but police could not confirm that as of Thursday morning. Jogmen said there was no independent evidence available early Thursday to say the SUV’s driver was racing.

The accident remains under investigation.

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 June 4 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Four Injured, Three Seriously, in Park Ridge Crash.”

Woman Dies Following CTA Bus Crash

There was a fatal crash involving a CTA bus that drove onto a Chicago sidewalk this afternoon (June 2, 2015.)  The accident happened at approximately 5:50 p.m. in the 100 block of East Lake Street (at Michigan Avenue.)

The accident happened after the bus, for a currently unknown reason, jumped a curb and went onto the sidewalk.  One pedestrian was struck as were four vehicles.

This bus crash led to the death of one woman, who has been identified as a 51-year-old woman who died after being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

Eight other people were injured, one of them critically.  The bus driver, said to be 48 years old, received minor injuries during the accident.

The Chicago Police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago bus accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 2, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 8 injured in Michigan Avenue bus crash” as well as the June 2 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person killed, 8 others hurt in CTA bus crash at Michigan and Lake.”

 

“Reconstruction” Of Intersection At Damen, Elston & Fullerton

In Chicago, there are intersections that are considered “most dangerous,” as well as those that are considered “most dangerous to pedestrians.”  One intersection that has been the source of congestion, confusion, and various accidents is the “six-way” intersection at Damen, Elston and Fullerton Avenues.

The Chicago Tribune article of May 27, 2015 titled “Realignment of perilous Damon-Elston-Fullerton intersection set to start Thursday” discusses various aspects of this intersection, as well as plans to “realign” (or re-construct) the intersection to make it more efficient and safer.

An excerpt from the article:

The Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection handles more than 70,000 vehicles daily and has ranked among the 10 worst city intersections for crashes since 1999, according to CDOT. In the current configuration, the short distance between traffic signals creates driver confusion and the skewed intersection with tight turning radiuses makes it difficult to execute safe turns, traffic engineers said.

The construction project will last into late-2016 and is projected to cost $60 million.

The CBS Chicago article (with video) of May 27, titled “Dangerous Bucktown Intersection Getting Major Realignment” also discusses the construction plans, and features maps of the current and proposed intersection.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago articles mentioned above.

Fatal “Head-On” Collision In Calumet City

There was a fatal “head-on” collision Saturday morning (May 16, 2015) in Calumet City.

The accident happened in the 700 block of State Street at approximately 6:40 a.m., after a car carrying three teenage boys crossed the center line and collided with a pickup truck.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the front-seat passenger in the car, Aaron K. Dunigan, 18, of Calumet City, was declared dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the pickup truck, Juan Jose Rivera, 56, of Calumet City, was pronounced dead after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

An excerpt from the May 17, 2015 Homewood-Flossmor Patch article titled “Two Die in a Post-Prom Head-On Collision Saturday in the South Suburbs“:

Police said marijuana was found on the driver of the car, David Peden, who is in Franciscan St. Margaret Hospital in Indiana.

Peden is charged with driving under the influence of drugs, reports the Northwest Indiana Times. More charges could be filed.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Patch article mentioned above, as well as the May 16 nwitimes.com article titled “Two killed in post-prom car wreck” and a May 17 NBC Chicago article (with video).