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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.

Pedestrian Accidents While A Person Is Walking In A Crosswalks

There are a significant number of Cook County pedestrian accidents that happen as the pedestrian is walking in a crosswalk.  While, in theory, a crosswalk should allow a person to safely walk across the street, for many reasons the safe passage of the pedestrian may not occur.  Driver distraction, as well as other factors such as the driver “not seeing” the person walking across the street, can contribute to the possibility that the pedestrian will be hit by the vehicle.

Various aspects of the possibility of a person being hit while they walk in a crosswalk – as well as statistics concerning accidents that occur in crosswalks – are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents That Happen While The Person Is Walking In A Crosswalk” and “Safety Concerns Posed By People Attempting To Walk In Crosswalks” posts.

As often discussed on this site – and as seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been summarized – when a person is hit by a vehicle it often is highly physically traumatic for the pedestrian, and the collision can lead to a range of serious accident injuries.  In many instances such injuries have led to the death of the pedestrian.

There was a fatal Chicago pedestrian accident Sunday (September 16, 2018) afternoon in Chicago’s Scottsdale neighborhood.  The accident occurred as a woman was walking in a crosswalk.

According to information provided by Chicago Police, and summarized in various media sources including the September 19, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman, 87, fatally struck in crosswalk on South Side”  – the accident happened in the 8300 block of South Tripp.  At approximately 1:50 p.m., a 75-year-old male driver who was driving northbound struck the woman.

The woman hit was identified as Alvina Santillan, 87.  An excerpt from the Sun-Times article:

Santillan was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she died the following day, authorities said. An autopsy Wednesday found she died from a head injury she suffered in the crash and her death was ruled an accident. She lived about a block away from where she was struck.

Police said the driver remained at the scene after hitting Santillan and has not been charged or issued citations.

Additional details and discussion regarding these pedestrian accidents that happen while the person is walking in a crosswalk can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Various aspects of Cook County pedestrian accidents – including what to do if you are hit by a vehicle – are further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Bicycle Accident Injuries Experienced In Cook County Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accident injuries are often serious in nature.  Many of these injuries can become life-threatening in nature.  As seen in the Cook County  bicycle accidents that have been summarized on this site, a variety of bicycle accident injuries have resulted from such crashes.

As discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Bicycle Accident Injuries” and “Bicycling Accidents In Cook County” pages, there are many reasons as to why bicycle accidents can happen, and a broad range of injuries can result from such accidents.   As well, the severity of such accident injuries can vary widely.

Due to many reasons, cyclists who are injured during a crash that is not their fault often seek compensation for their accident injuries through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.  These lawsuits can seek various types of compensation, depending upon such factors as the type and severity of the injuries as well as the hardships caused by these injuries.

Recently there was a notable bicycle accident in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, near the Avondale neighborhood.  The accident involved a 3-year-old female bicyclist who was hit by a driver who allegedly was driving a stolen car.  This accident is discussed in the September 14, 2018 Block Club Chicago article titled “Cyclist Hit By Driver Of Stolen Car At Logan Square/Avondale Border Faces Long Recovery.”  As seen in the article, the cyclist was hit by a driver who was allegedly driving the wrong direction.   The cyclist was seriously injured, and her injuries include spinal fractures, a fractured shoulder, a collapsed lung and various lacerations.  The cyclist can’t walk without assistance at this time, and a long recovery period that will involved rehabilitation appears likely.

Additional details regarding bicycle accidents and the resulting bicycle accident injuries can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Schaumburg Motorcycle Accident Near Rodenburg and Irving Park

There was a fatal Schaumburg motorcycle accident Thursday (August 30, 2018) afternoon.

Details on this fatal Schaumburg motorcycle accident are limited at this time.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

According to Schaumburg Police, the crash happened Thursday at approximately 3:35 p.m.  At that time a motorcycle crashed into a school bus near Rodenburg Road and Irving Park Road.

The motorcyclist, identified as Robert Payne, 19, of Glendale Heights, was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was declared dead at 4:28 p.m.

The only occupant of the school bus at the time of the collision was the bus driver, who was not hurt during the crash.

This Cook County motorcycle accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Schaumburg motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 31, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “19-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash with school bus in Schaumburg” as well as the August 31 Daily Herald article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Schaumburg crash ID’d as Glendale Hts. man.”

A Driver Traveling In The Wrong Direction On I-57 Involved In Crash

Accidents involving a driver traveling in the wrong direction continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways as well as those throughout Illinois.  These incidents are notable in many respects.  A driver traveling in the wrong direction often poses a great threat to both themselves as well as other motorists.  Should this “wrong-way driver” collide with oncoming traffic – which is common – the accident injuries to all vehicle occupants are often serious in nature, and can be life-threatening.  One of the reasons that such injuries caused by the “wrong-way driver” are often serious is that the “head-on collision” that frequently occurs are inherently highly physically traumatic to those involved.

While a driver traveling in the wrong direction can happen for various reasons, most “wrong-way drivers” are impaired either by alcohol and/or impaired by drug use.  Often, such impairment is substantial.  While such crashes can occur at any time, as seen in the “wrong-way driver” crashes that are summarized on this site most occur late in the evening or early in the morning.

There was an accident involving a vehicle whose driver was driving in the wrong direction on I-57 early Saturday (August 25, 2018) morning near 147th Street.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction was in the southbound lanes of I-57 at approximately 4:15 a.m. when it crashed “head-on” into a semi truck.

The “wrong-way driver” as well as the truck driver were both injured and taken to the hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.  Their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this “wrong-way driver” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 25, 2018 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “2 Injured In Wrong-Way Crash On I-57” as well as the August 25 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “2 injured in wrong-way head-on crash on I-57.”

Fatal Unincorporated Worth Township Motorcycle Accident

One of the hazards that Illinois motorcyclists face is being “seen” by motorists.  This inability for motorists to “see” motorcycles and being able to safely drive around motorcyclists can be dramatically impaired if the motorist is drunk, under the influence of drugs, or both.  The subject of the threat posed by impaired motorists to motorcyclists is mentioned on the “Reasons For Cook County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page.

There was a fatal unincorporated Worth Township motorcycle accident on Sunday (August 12, 2018) night.  A motorist, identified as Thomas Czerwinski, 44, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing death as well as aggravated driving under the influence causing great bodily harm.

An excerpt from the August 25, 2018 Alsip Patch article titled “Driver Charged With DUI In Crash That Killed Blue Island Woman“:

According to the charges, around 9:15 p.m. Aug. 12, Cook County Sheriff’s Police responded to a crash that occurred on Cal-Sag Road and Massasoit Avenue in unincorporated Worth Township. A Jeep Wrangler had struck a Harley Davidson motorcycle as it was making a turn, police said. The 47-year-old motorcyclist and his wife were critically injured. The woman died of her injuries Aug. 16. Cook County Sheriff’s Police later determined that Czerwinski was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the of the crash, with a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit.

Additional details regarding this fatal unincorporated Worth Township motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the August 24 Daily Southtown article titled “Man charged with DUI after Worth Township crash that killed motorcycle passenger.”

Fatal South Holland Motorcycle Collision August 17, 2018

There was a fatal South Holland motorcycle collision early Friday (August 17, 2018) morning.  The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and car.

An excerpt regarding this fatal South Holland motorcycle collision, from the August 24, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies from South Holland crash“:

About 1:10 a.m. Aug. 17, Cicero Porter, 56, was driving a motorcycle west on Old Vincennes Road near Van Drunen Road when he collided into a car that was heading south, according to South Holland police. The two are believed to have collided as they entered a curve.

Porter, of Calumet City, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Porter died Wednesday morning from his accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal South Holland motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Distracted Driving Targeted In New Illinois Law Effective July 2019

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic safety issue nationally, as well as throughout Illinois and in Cook County.  There are many possible actions that can lead to a driver being distracted to the point where the driver is susceptible to a loss of vehicle control.   Two of the most problematical actions that frequently lead to distracted driving is the use of cell phones while driving as well as texting while driving.

A recent study, which is discussed in the April 2, 2018 post titled “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” indicates that such driving was seen by motorists as the top threat to traffic safety.

There are many reasons why distracted driving is such a traffic hazard and often leads to loss of vehicle control and accidents.   Various reasons as to why distracted driving is hazardous, as well as various statistics, are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents” page.

Recently, a new Illinois law (further) addresses distracted driving.  The Daily Herald article of August 22, 2018 (“Why Illinois is making penalties for texting while driving tougher“) discusses the new law and various statistics regarding driver distraction.  An excerpt:

State Sen. Cristina Castro, an Elgin Democrat who sponsored the legislation, says penalties under the current law, which went into effect in 2014, haven’t done enough to curb motorists from using cellphones while driving. In 2017, about 9 percent of Illinois motorists were observed using electronic devices while driving, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Nationwide, distracted driving caused 3,450 deaths in 2016.

also, with regard to the new law:

The stricter penalties, which go into effect on July 1, 2019, were signed into law last week. People who illegally use handheld electronic devices while driving will be given a moving violation on the first offense instead of a nonmoving violation. Motorists who rack up three moving violations within a year can have their driver’s license suspended.

An excerpt regarding this new law and its penalties regarding distracted driving, from the August 17, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “New distracted driving fine, bike safety rule signed into law“:

One law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner imposes a harsher penalty on drivers caught using a phone behind the wheel without a hands-free device.

The new law, which goes into effect next July, makes the penalty $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second, $125 for a third and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense. Under current law, drivers get a warning and no fine the first time.

Additional details regarding these distracted driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Cook County Bicycle Accidents And Their Many Causes

There are many Cook County bicycle accidents that happen each year.  As discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Bicycle Accident Injuries” and “Bicycling Accidents In Cook County” pages, there are many reasons as to why bicycle accidents can happen, and there is a broad range of injuries that can result from such accidents.   As well, the severity of such accident injuries can vary widely.  For instance, while a bicycle accident can lead to a minor concussion, it is also possible that a bicycle accident can result in a serious traumatic brain injury that can be life-threatening in nature.   Due to the potential severity of a serious brain injury, wearing a bicycle helmet is one way to potentially avoid serious head trauma.

While many bicycle accidents are caused by other parties – such as motorists – there are other crashes that are the fault of the bicyclist.

There was a bicycle accident in Arlington Heights on Friday (August 17, 2018) morning.  The bicyclist suffered various injuries after being hit by a Jeep SUV.

An excerpt from the August 17, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Bicyclist injured after being struck by SUV in Arlington Heights“:

A bicyclist has serious injuries after he ran a red light and was struck by an SUV Friday morning in Arlington Heights, authorities said.

The 37-year-old man was riding northbound on Wilke Road at 7:05 a.m. and crossing Euclid Avenue against traffic when he was hit by a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, according to Police Sgt. Steve Hudgens.

Among the bicyclist’s injuries were a broken leg.  His injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding Cook County bicycle accidents and their injuries can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Buffalo Grove Single-Vehicle Crash On Route 22 Seriously Injures Driver

There was a Buffalo Grove single-vehicle crash early Thursday (August 16, 2018) morning, resulting in the driver being seriously injured.

Details on this Buffalo Grove single-vehicle crash appear to be somewhat limited at this time.

The crash involved a pickup truck – with a trailer – veering off of Route 22 between Buffalo Grove Road and Prairie Road shortly before 4:00 a.m.  It is not publicly disclosed what caused this apparent loss of vehicle control.  The pickup truck crashed into a utility pole, after which the truck caught fire.

The driver, identified only as a 35-year-old man from Elgin, was seriously injured and taken to the hospital for medical treatment.  His injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

As seen in accident scene photos –  such as that seen in the August 16, 2018 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Driver seriously injured in Buffalo Grove crash” –  there was extensive damage to the truck.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Buffalo Grove single-vehicle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the August 16 Buffalo Grove Patch article titled “Truck Starts On Fire, 1 Seriously Injured In Crash.”

Fatal Chicago West Loop Bicycle Accident At Halsted And Madison

There was a fatal Chicago West Loop bicycle accident Thursday (August 9, 2018) morning.

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. as the bicyclist, a 39-year-old woman, was riding north on Halsted.  At Madison, she was struck by a dump truck that was making a right-hand turn.

The bicyclist was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  She was later identified as Angela Park, 39, of Chicago.

This fatal Chicago West Loop bicycle accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 9, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Cyclist dies after being hit by truck in West Loop” as well as the August 9 NBC Chicago article titled “Cyclist Dies After Being Hit by Truck in West Loop:  Police.”

[Additional discussion of bicycle accidents – including common reasons for these accidents, as well as accident types and types of injuries –  can be found on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Bicycle Accident Injuries” and “Bicycling Accidents In Cook County” pages.  As discussed on these pages, there are many reasons as to why bicycling accidents tend to lead to substantial accident injuries.  Because of the typical extent and severity of bicycle accident injuries, personal injury lawsuits are often filed to offset medical costs, other financial burdens, and other types of hardships that can result from these accidents.]