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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.

Truck Strikes Woman And Child Near 69th And Prairie Avenue

There are many different types of truck accidents that occur in Cook County and Chicago.  The page titled “Truck Accidents” discusses various types of truck accidents and associated statistics regarding Illinois accidents involving trucks.

There was a truck accident Tuesday (August 18, 2015) afternoon involving a truck that struck two pedestrians (a woman and child) in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the accident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m., as the woman and child were attempting to cross the street near 69th and Prairie Avenue.

At that time, as the woman was pushing a stroller, a truck attempting to make a right-hand turn struck the pedestrians.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article (with video) of August 19, 2015, titled “Woman, Child Critically Injured After Being Hit By Truck in Chicago“:

“The lady was trying to quickly run to the bus stop because the bus was coming and the man didn’t see her and hit the lady when the lady turned,” said witness Daqwan Brittman. “Her legs was under the truck and she was screaming ‘Help. My baby, my baby.'”

The woman was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  The child was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital.  At that time both were in critical condition.

The truck driver was identified as Gregory Leonard, 51.  According to the NBC Chicago article, he was cited for failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article as well as the August 18 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 in critical condition after being struck by truck on South Side.”

Fatal Northbrook Crash

There was a fatal car accident Friday (August 7, 2015) in Northbrook from which a Northbrook man died.

The man who died was identified as Seymour Laurie, 88, of Northbrook.  He was the passenger in the car that crashed near the intersection of Sanders Road and Commercial Avenue.

The driver of the car was identified as Dagva Purevnanzad, 58, of Skokie.

An excerpt from the August 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Northbrook man dies of injuries sustained in drunken-driving crash“:

Purevnanzad, of the 8500 block of Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, was charged with drunken driving, upgraded to a felony because of the “grave bodily harm” done to his passenger, according to a Northbrook police report.

The accident involved the car rear-ending another car.  Purevnanzad was injured in the accident.

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 August 10 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Elderly man dies after Northbrook crash.”

Two Chicago Accidents Following Police Chases

As discussed on the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, there have been many reasons for Chicago-area crashes.  One of the reasons discussed is “Police car chases.”  Many Chicago vehicle accidents have happened following police chases.  Drivers who are trying to outrun police often drive very recklessly as they try to elude capture, and are susceptible to crashing their vehicles.  During these crashes, innocent people are often injured.

Recently, there have been two Chicago accidents that happened after police chases.

The first chase is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of July 29, 2015, titled “Three injured in River West crash after police terminate chase.”

This crash happened in River West, after a police chase was terminated.  Three people were injured.

The second chase is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of July 28, 2015 and is titled “5 injured when lengthy police chase ends in SW Side crash.”  An excerpt from this article:

About 10:30 p.m., officers in a squad car saw shots fired from a silver minivan at someone on a sidewalk in the 3200 block of West Carroll, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The minivan took off and officers gave chase all the way to the 5900 block of South Western, where the minivan blew a red light and smashed into two cars, Alfaro said.

The driver of the minivan and four people from the cars were taken Stroger and Holy Cross hospitals, all of them in either good condition or later stabilized, police said.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the two Chicago Sun-Times articles mentioned above, as well as other media sources.

Cars Running Red Lights – Chicago Fatal Accidents

There are many potential causes of vehicle accidents in the Chicago area.  One potential cause is when vehicles “run a red light” and then collide with another vehicle.

The NBC Chicago article (with video) of August 5, 2015, titled “Study Shows Chicago is Fifth Deadliest City for Accidents Caused by Running Red Lights,” discusses a recent study by the National Coalition of Safer Roads (NCSR) titled “Which U.S. Cities Have the Most Red-Light Running Fatalities?

The study indicates that Chicago was ranked No. 5 on the list, having had 99 red light fatalities over a nine-year period.  The NBC Chicago article also discusses the issue and impacts of cars running red lights, and shows video footage from the Chicago Department of Transportation that shows several accidents in which cars “ran a red light” and caused a collision, many at substantial speeds.

Additional details – including an interactive map showing the Chicago areas in which crash fatalities have occurred after a car ran a red light – can be seen in the NCSR study shown above.

Two Accidents Within The Same Crosswalk

There were two accidents within the same crosswalk Thursday afternoon (July 23, 2015) in downtown Des Plaines.  The crosswalk is on Miner Street in front of the Sugar Bowl Restaurant.

Notably, the two accidents happened within roughly two hours of each other.

The first accident was a pedestrian accident that happened at 1:44 p.m., and involved a 69-year-old female pedestrian who was struck by a car while she was walking in the crosswalk.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article (with video) of July 23, 2015, titled “2 accidents within hours near same Des Plaines crosswalk“:

The woman was thrown several feet and was not responsive afterwards, according to a witness who works on the block.

The pedestrian was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, and was reported to be in serious condition.

The second accident was a bicycle accident that involved a car hitting two 13-year-old girls who were riding their bicycles across the crosswalk at approximately 4:00 p.m.  The windshield of the car was shattered by the impact with one of the girls.  One of the girls suffered a skull fracture injury; the other girl suffered a fractured clavicle.

According to the Daily Herald article of July 24, 2015, titled “Two cited in Des Plaines crashes that happened within hours of each other” the driver of the first accident, an 88-year old woman, “was cited for driving on an expired license and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a roadway…”  The driver in the second accident, a 32-year-old woman, “was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a roadway and failure to exercise due caution.”

Additional details and possible updates concerning these Cook County accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two sources mentioned above, as well as the July 23, 2015 nbcchicago.com article (with video) titled “4 Pedestrians Hospitalized in 2 Separate Downtown Des Plaines Accidents.”

Fatal Street Racing Accident On Lower Wacker Drive

In the July 13, 2015 post (“Illegal Street Racing On Lower Wacker Drive“) the dangers of street racing and related activities, such as drifting, are discussed.

On July 18, there was a fatal street racing accident on Lower Wacker Drive.  The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 20, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Lower Wacker racing ended in fatal crash,” the July 21 dnainfo.com article titled “Speed Bumps, Barricades Coming To Lower Wacker After Drag Race Death,” and the July 20 dnainfo.com article titled “Man Killed While Drag Racing His Best Friend on Lower Wacker.”

An excerpt from the July 20 dnainfo article:

Ivan Sanchez, 18, of the 1500 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue, has been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI, DUI and various traffic offenses, according to a Chicago Police Department news release. The accident occurred at 3:22 a.m. Saturday in the first block of West Lower Wacker Drive, according to police.

Sanchez was drag racing with his best friend, 20-year-old Jose Luzianos, on Lower Wacker when their cars spun out, authorities said. Luzianos was driving a BMW and collided with a Jeep driven by Sanchez, said Officer Ana Pacheco, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. Luzianos’ BMW then hit a concrete column, Pacheco said.

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

Fatal Hit & Run Bicycle Accident In Des Plaines

A bicyclist was fatally struck Monday night (July 13, 2015) in Des Plaines.  According to Des Plaines Police, this bicycle accident was a hit & run accident.

The bicyclist was found unresponsive on West Algonquin Road, near Pennsylvania Avenue.  He was identified as Jose Piancante Gomez, 25, of Des Plaines.  He died Tuesday night.

Des Plaines Police found debris at the accident scene that led them to identify a suspected driver of a SUV that struck Gomez.

The driver was identified as Daniel R. Wehr, 54, of Morton Grove.

An excerpt from the July 14, 2015 abc7chicago.com article titled “United Airlines Worker Charged In Des Plaines fatal Hit-And-Run“:

Wehr faces one count of leaving the scene of a personal injury/death accident, which is a felony.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the July 14 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “United Airlines Worker Charged In Des Plaines fatal Hit-and-Run.”

Accident On Edens Spur In Northbrook

There was an accident involving a minivan and semi truck Tuesday (July 14, 2015) on the Edens Spur in Northbrook.

Details regarding the accident – and especially its cause – appear limited at this time.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m.  The accident happened on I-94 near Lee Road.

Seven people were injured as a result of the accident.  All were taken to hospitals in Northbrook and Highland Park for treatment of their accident injuries.  None of the accident injuries were considered to be life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 14, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Seven people injured as minivan, semi collide on Edens Spur” as well as the July 14 Northbrook Patch article titled “7 Injured in Crash on Edens Spur.”

Infant Fatally Struck In Chicago’s Woodlawn Neighborhood

On Saturday (July 11, 2015) there was a fatal car accident in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

The accident involved a car that lost control and drove onto a sidewalk, thereby fatally striking a 13-month-old infant, Dillan Harris, who was in a stroller.

The car had been fleeing a police chase.  The course of events leading to the fatal collision is discussed in the July 13, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Man Charged In Crash That Killed Boy in Stroller Was Being Chased By Police.”

Additional information concerning this fatal Chicago car accident can be found in a variety of media sources, including the July 13 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man charged with fatally striking toddler while fleeing shooting.”

Illegal Street Racing On Lower Wacker Drive

Street racing is dangerous, and has caused various accidents, some fatal, in the Chicago area over recent past years.  Street racing and these various accidents are discussed in the “Street Racing Accidents In Lake County.”

Recently, there have been increased awareness and efforts to curtail street racing and related activities on Chicago’s Lower Wacker Drive.

The issue of street racing on Lower Wacker Drive (and “Lower Lower Wacker Drive”) is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 10, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “New Stops Signs Installed on Lower Wacker Drive to Slow Down Downtown Drag Racers” as well as the June 7 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Can speed bumps muffle engine-roaring speed-racers on Lower Wacker?

An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article:

Neighbors for months have been calling police and Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) to report the weekend street racers. The speed racers for years have zipped through and near the lower levels of Wacker Drive, disturbing sleep and causing worry that someone will get hurt. Reilly, police and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have since pledged to address the issue through a number of means, including potentially speed bumps and security cameras.

NEAR President Richard Ward described the stop signs as a start but told police Thursday that they aren’t nearly enough to deter the illegal races. Neighbors have said the weekend racers consistently scatter once police arrive on the scene, but return to racing as soon as police leave.

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