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.

Riverside Car Crash Leads To DUI-Drugs Charge For Driver

Driving while impaired by drugs is a growing traffic safety problem.  As seen in many Chicago-area crashes these “drugged driver” crashes often result in serious accident injuries.  The subject of “drugged driving” and the serious accident injuries that often result from these crashes is further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As discussed on that page, marijuana continues to be one of the most common drugs used by drivers who then drive while impaired.  If this cannabis use is combined with alcohol usage, the resulting impairment is often magnified.

There was a Riverside car crash January 2, 2019 after which a driver was charged with DUI-drugs.  This car crash, which happened at the intersection of First Avenue and 31st Street, led to both drivers being injured.

Two excerpts regarding this Riverside car crash, from the January 4, 2019 La Grange Patch article titled “Drugged Driver Hits Car Stopped At Red Light:  Cops“:

A drugged driver caused a crash in Riverside when he hit a car waiting at a red light, police said. The driver, Tyler Plunkett, 24, of Brookfield was charged with DUI-drugs, failure to reduced speed to avoid an accident and possession of cannabis.

also:

Police said Plunkett had smoked cannabis and taken Xanax before driving. Plunkett told police he had been drinking beer early in the evening but he admitted to smoking “a lot of cannabis” for the past few days and had ingested Xanax. Riverside Police administered field sobriety testing on scene and Plunkett failed all of them.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Riverside car crash after which the driver was charged with DUI-drugs can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 4 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Impaired driver totals car in Riverside.”

High-Speed Driving Cited In Fatal Accident Near Bucktown

High-speed driving continues to be a traffic hazard in Cook County as well as throughout Illinois. This high-speed driving includes both single vehicles as well as multiple vehicles that are involved in street racing or drag racing. Often, such high-speed driving leads to a loss of vehicle control after which the car or other vehicle leaves the roadway and crashes. Often, after the car or other vehicle leaves the roadway it crashes into a fixed object such as a pole, tree, or other fixed object, which can lead to serious if not life-threatening accident injuries to vehicle occupants. As well as the harm that can occur to vehicle occupants, high-speed driving can pose a threat to other parties such as other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. There have been many accidents in the Chicago area in which such bystanders have been injured and/or killed because a speeding vehicle has lost control and hit them.

There was a fatal car crash early Saturday (December 15, 2018) morning near Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The crash led to one fatality and one person being injured and hospitalized. The crash happened in the 1900 block of North Ashland and involved a car hitting a cement pole. Chicago Police say that the northbound car was traveling “at a high rate of speed” before the accident. As seen in accident scene photos, the car was badly damaged.

Additional details regarding this fatal high-speed driving accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 15, 2018 NBC Chicago article titled “1 Killed, 1 Injured in High-Speed Car Crash Near Bucktown: Police” as well as the December 15 wgntv.com article titled “1 killed, 1 injured in high-speed crash on North Side.”

[Additional discussion of high-speed driving and the dangers it presents can be seen on the “Speed As An Accident Cause And The Potential For Serious Injuries” page.]

Arlington Heights Car Accident Involving Allegedly Drug-Impaired Driver

In the last post (“Arlington Heights Car Crash Critically Injures Driver“) a November 11, 2018 Arlington Heights car accident was summarized.   As seen in that post, the driver was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car, which crashed into the new Arlington Heights police station which is under construction.  The driver was critically injured as a result of the accident.

Since that post, additional information concerning the accident has become available.  Among the charges faced by the driver is driving under the influence of drugs.

An excerpt regarding this Arlington Heights car accident, from the November 16, 2018 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Authorities release video of crash into Arlington Heights police station, charge driver“:

Police said earlier this week that the black box recovered from the vehicle registered a high speed of 104 mph.

In an interview with police at the hospital, Kerlin said he had taken cocaine and other prescription drugs before the crash, according to police Cmdr. Shawn Gyorke. Prescription drugs were found at the crash scene, he said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Arlington Heights car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 16 NBC Chicago article titled “Man Charged With Crashing into Arlington Heights Police Station at 104 MPH.”

Additional commentary regarding drug-impaired driving, and the traffic safety hazard it presents, can be seen on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As discussed on that page, accidents involving drug-impaired drivers are becoming increasingly common both locally (i.e. Chicago area) as well as nationally.  The level of impairment varies according to many factors, including whether drugs are mixed and whether alcohol is consumed during or after the drug usage.  Drug-impaired driving has caused many serious, and at times fatal, accidents in the Chicago area.

Arlington Heights Car Crash Critically Injures Driver

There was an Arlington Heights car crash Sunday (November 11, 2018) night.  The driver of the car crashed into the Arlington Heights Police Department building, and as a result of the crash was critically injured.

According to police, the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m.  The car, a black Volkswagen GTI, was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed  when the driver lost control of the car.

No one was in the building at the time of the crash, as the building is under construction.

The driver of the car, a 44-year-old man, was trapped in the car and had to be extricated.  He was taken to Northwestern Community Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the October 13, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Officials:  Driver who hit Arlington Heights police station was speeding close to 100 mph“:

Arlington Heights police say a Georgia man was driving fast — not triple digits on the speedometer, but close — when he lost control of his car Sunday night and struck a curb, benches, a fire hydrant and a mini-retaining wall before crashing into the new village police station.

The Arlington Heights Police Department is investigating this Arlington Heights car crash.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 12 Arlington Heights Patch article titled “Car Crashes Into New Arlington Heights Police Station.”

Driver Leaving The Accident Scene After East Chatham Pedestrian Crash

Accidents involving the the driver leaving the accident scene (i.e. “hit & run” accidents) continue to be a significant problem in the Chicago metropolitan area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in posts found in the “Hit & Run” category.  While there are many reasons as to why a driver may chose to flee the accident scene, one of the main reasons is that the driver does not want to face the consequences of hitting a vehicle or pedestrian.  In many instances, the driver that leaves the accident scene is the party at fault for the accident.

As seen in many “hit & run” accidents, the driver is impaired by drug use and/or alcohol consumption, or otherwise may not want to face police scrutiny for a number of reasons.

There was a fatal Chicago pedestrian accident early Tuesday (October 30, 2018) morning in which the driver fled the accident scene.  The accident occurred in Chicago’s East Chatham neighborhood.

An excerpt regarding the pedestrian accident, from the August 31, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article (with video) titled “Man trapped underneath car for multiple blocks in East Chatham, dies:  police“:

At 3:10 a.m., the man was walking in the 7900 block of South Cottage Grove when a sedan heading north on the street struck him, police said. The driver of the sedan, possibly a gray Hyundai Elantra, continued east on 79th Street with the man trapped underneath until 79th Street and Dobson, police said.

The man was dragged underneath the car for about seven blocks.

The man hit by the car died at the accident scene.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit and Chicago Police Department Area South detectives.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this pedestrian accident involving the driver leaving the accident scene can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the October 30 abc7chicago.com article titled “Man dragged several blocks by car in fatal East Chatham hit-and-run.”

Fatal Pilsen Motorcycle Collision Along Cermak Road

There was a fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision Tuesday (October 30, 2018) afternoon.

As seen in many fatal Chicago area motorcycle accidents that have been summarized on this site, this fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision involved a motorcycle being hit by a vehicle that was making a left hand turn at the time of the collision.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision, as seen in the October 31, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Pilsen crash

Narciso Ledesma, 41, of the Logan Square neighborhood, was riding his motorcycle when he was fatally struck at 4:57 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Throop Street, according to Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ledesma was riding east on Cermak Road when he was struck by a Toyota Rav4 turning left onto Throop Street, police said.

Ledesma was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead.

Another excerpt from the article:

The driver of the Rav4, a 36-year-old woman, refused medical attention, police said. She was issued a citation for failure to yield on a left turn and was given a DUI sobriety test.

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

Fatal Burnham Motorcycle Accident Near 140th St. and Torrence Avenue

There was a fatal Burnham motorcycle accident early Thursday (October 18, 2018) morning.

Details on this fatal Burnham motorcycle accident appear limited at this time.

According to news accounts, the accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle in the early morning hours.  The collision occurred near 140th Street and Torrence Avenue.

One person – the motorcyclist – was declared dead after being taken to Franciscan Health Hammond for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was identified as Kendall King, 21.

Two other people – including the motorcycle passenger – were also taken to Franciscan Health Hammond for treatment of their accident injuries.  Both were said to be in critical condition.

Among the motorcycle passenger’s injuries was a broken leg.

The motorcycle accident investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police and the South Suburban Major Accidents Team.

Additional details regarding this fatal Burnham motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 18, 2018 CBS Chicago video titled “1 Dead, 2 Injured In Motorcycle Crash In Burnham” and the October 18 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Father killed in Burnham motorcycle crash; 2 critically injured.”

Fatal Montclare Motorcycle Crash In The Area Of Diversey And Harlem

There was a fatal Montclare motorcycle crash Sunday (September 3, 2018).  This Northwest Side crash happened near Elmwood Park.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly available at this time.

An excerpt regarding the fatal Montclare motorcycle crash, from the October 3, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Montclare motorcycle crash“:

Fausto Onofre-Rodriguez suffered blunt force injuries in a motorcycle crash near Diversey and Harlem, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Onofre-Rodriguez, who lived in River Grove, was pronounced dead at 3:41 p.m. Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, the medical examiner’s office said.

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

Worth Fatal Motorcycle Accident Along Southwest Highway

There was a Worth fatal motorcycle accident Thursday (September 27, 2018) evening.  This accident involved a motorcycle colliding with a Jeep.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited.  The specific aspects of the collision, including the party at fault, do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

An excerpt regarding this Worth fatal motorcycle accident, from the September 30, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies after motorcycle hits Jeep in southwest suburbs“:

Joseph McMurray, 25, died shortly after the crash, which happened at 8 p.m. at 7200 Southwest Highway near Harlem Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy determined that McMurray died from blunt force injuries that occurred during the collision.

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

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.