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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Person Struck And Killed By Semi Truck In Chicago

There was a fatal truck accident this morning (April 24, 2014) in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood.

This accident happened in the 1300 block of West Division when a semi truck hit the driver of another semi truck driver, who at the time was taking pictures of a minor accident he had previously with a car.

The truck driver hit has not yet been identified, but is said to be in his 30s.

The truck driver struck was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

This fatal Chicago accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 24, 2014 NBC Chicago article titled “Man Struck, Killed by Truck While Taking Photos” as well as the April 24 dnainfo.com article titled “Person Dies After Being Struck by Semi on Division Street.”

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Chicago Police Chase Ends In Roseland Neighborhood Crash

As discussed in the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, one of the reasons that car crashes happen in Cook County is when vehicles drive recklessly as they are seeking to evade police during a police chase.

There have been numerous instances, some recent, of these types of accidents.

Another example occurred last night (April 22, 2014) during a police chase in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood.

The accident happened when, at approximately 8:40 p.m., a vehicle being chased by police was traveling northbound on Michigan Avenue.  It ran a red light and hit another vehicle near 103rd Street.  The car hit then hit a bus stop, injuring four people, who were hospitalized, as was the driver of the car that was hit by the car attempting to elude police.

The driver who was chased by Chicago Police was identified as a 49-year-old man.  He attempted to run away after the crash, but was later apprehended.

According to Chicago Police, the police chase began when police tried to pull the car over for traffic violations, and the car took off.

This crash remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the April 23, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “5 pedestrians struck in police chase in Roseland neighborhood” as well as the April 23 Chicago Tribune article titled “5 taken to hospitals after police chase ends in crash.”

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Fatal Bicycle Accident In Roselle, Illinois

There was a fatal bicycle accident this morning (April 22, 2014) in Roselle, Illinois.

Details regarding the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

The accident happened at approximately 6:00 a.m., and involved a bicyclist getting hit by a van.

The bicyclist, identified as Efrain Diaz-Torres, 47, of Roselle, was riding his bicycle to work at the time of the accident.

He was transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article of April 22, 2014, titled “Bicyclist killed in Roselle identified as Efrain Diaz-Torres” :

Police have not yet determined who was at fault for the accident, saying only that it happened when the driver was turning left off Rosemont Road onto Roselle Road. The busy intersection was blocked for several hours as authorities reconstructed the crash.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article seen above, as well as the April 22 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bicyclist dies after being hit by van in Roselle.”

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Collision Involving Chicago Police SUV In Calumet Heights

There was a rollover accident involving a Chicago Police SUV in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on Sunday (April 20, 2014) night.

Two Chicago Police Officers were injured as a result of this accident.

According to the Chicago Police Department, at the time of the crash the officers were heading to a call.  As they drove northbound in the 8800 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, they collided in the intersection with a silver sedan heading westbound on 89th Street at approximately 10:45 p.m.

During the course of the accident the Chicago Police SUV rolled over and hit another SUV in the area.

The two Chicago Police Officers were hospitalized with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of April 21, 2014, titled “Police SUV flips in crash on S. Side” :

The woman, whose age was not immediately known, ran away from the crash scene, but she was later arrested at her home, police said. Charges are pending against her.

This accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the April 21 CBS Chicago article titled “Two Officers Hurt In Calumet Heights Rollover Crash.”

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Fatal Accident On Chicago Skyway Ramp

As discussed in the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, there are many different reasons for Cook County car accidents.

Of course, a primary reason for car accident continues to be cases in which the driver is in some way impaired, such as being intoxicated after drinking alcohol.

There was another example of a driver (Aaron Neal, 29, of South Holland) who has been charged with a DUI, in connection with a fatal Chicago car crash on the Chicago Skyway ramp from the Dan Ryan that happened in the early morning of Saturday, April 19, 2014.  This fatal accident is discussed in the April 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man in fatal DUI crash was nearly 3 times over the legal limit, prosecutors say.”

An excerpt from the article:

Responding officers found open liquor containers on the floor of the vehicle, according to the arrest report. Neal was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .223, prosecutors said. In Illinois, a person is considered drunk if he or she has a BAC of at least .08. Neal admitted to drinking and to driving and crashing into the divider, prosecutors said.

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

 

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood

There was a fatal pedestrian accident in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood Saturday morning.

This pedestrian accident happened as a man was walking at approximately 6:42 a.m. and was hit by a truck in the 1400 block of West North Avenue

The man was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Kim Kyeyul, 72, of Riverside.

This accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 19, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man hit by truck on Near North Side identified” as well as the April 19 dnainfo.com article titled “Pedestrian, 72, Killed in West Town.”

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Pickup Truck Crashes Into South Side Store In Chicago

There was a two-vehicle collision on Chicago’s South Side (Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood) this afternoon, in which five people were injured.

The crash happened at the intersection of East 71st Street and South Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. at approximately 2:30 p.m.

This accident involved a pickup truck hitting a sedan, then the pickup truck crashed into a store.  A 61-year-old woman inside the store was briefly pinned in.

According to Chicago Police, the woman was taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center in good condition.

Four people in the sedan, including two children and two adults, were injured and taken to area hospitals.

No one in the pickup truck sustained injuries.

This crash remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 18 Chicago Tribune article titled “5 hurt as collision sends truck into South Side building” and the April 18 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Truck crashes into Greater Grand Crossing store; five people injured.”

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Nine-Vehicle Dan Ryan Accident

Late-season snowfall yesterday and overnight, as well as cold temperatures, left various roadways with slick road conditions.  A nine-vehicle accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway early this morning (April 15, 2014) is being attributed to such icy road conditions.

This multi-vehicle accident happened on the Dan Ryan near 47th Street (Chicago’s South Side) at appoximately 4:15 a.m.  The accident happened in the northbound lanes.

Four people were injured and hospitalized because of the crash.    Two of those injured were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital; two others were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center.

Additionally, five other people refused medical treatment.

Additionally details and possible updates concerning this Chicago vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 15, 2014 dnainfo.com article titled “Dan Ryan Crash Leaves Four Hospitalized,” the April 15 CBS Chicago article titled “Icy Road Conditions Cause 9-Vehicle Crash On Dan Ryan,” and the April 15 Chicago Tribune article titled “Roads slick as record low possible this morning.”

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Fatal Car Accident On Chicago’s West Side

As seen in the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, vehicle accidents often happen during or after police chases. Many times the car being pursued is traveling at unsafe speeds (and perhaps in other reckless manners) in order to elude police pursuit.

There was another such instance of such a crash happening in the Chicago area on Friday (April 11, 2014) evening.

A police pursuit began after Chicago Police saw shots being fired from someone in a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the 2300 block of West Division, at approximately 9:45 p.m. After the car failed to stop for police, a pursuit ensued, with the PT Cruiser crashing into a large pole near Ashland and Grand.

There were four people in the car at the time of the crash. The driver, identified as Rigoberto Llera, 26, of Chicago, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died at 10:45 p.m.

According to Chicago Police, two female passengers, ages 23 and 26, were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition.

A 9-month-old child was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 12, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police: Child injured, man, 26, killed in crash after police chase” as well as the April 12 CBS Chicago article titled “One Dead, Three Hospitalized After West Side Crash.”

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Two-Car Crash On Chicago’s South Side

There was a two-car crash in Chicago on Thursday night (April 10, 2014) on Chicago’s South Side.  The accident happened south of the intersection of 123rd Street and South State Street.

Details vary as to the cause of the car accident, with at least one media source indicating that one of the cars was the subject of a police chase at the time of the accident.

Numerous people were injured.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 11, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 5 injured in separate traffic crashes on North and South Sides” as well as the April 10, 2014 abc7chicago.com article titled “5 injured in police chase, crash on South Side at 123rd, State.”

 

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