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.

Morton Grove Motorcycle Accident Along Dempster Street

A Morton Grove motorcycle accident that occurred on April 25, 2019 was summarized in the “Morton Grove Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On Dempster Street” post. As seen in that post, this Morton Grove motorcycle accident allegedly involved a vehicle that attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. A collision ensued between the vehicle and motorcycle. The motorcyclist was critically injured due to the crash.

According to the May 17, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Naperville motorcyclist dies weeks after Morton Grove crash” the injured motorcyclist died from accident injuries on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The rider was identified as Andrew Clark, 48, of Naperville.

As seen in the article, this Morton Grove motorcycle accident involved a “head-on collision” between the motorcycle and vehicle. These types of collisions are typical when a vehicle attempts to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. As discussed on the “‘Head-On Collisions’ Involving Motorcycles” page, there are many reasons as to why these collisions often lead to serious, if not life-threatening accident injuries to the motorcycle rider, and if applicable, passenger.

Due to the severity of injuries resulting from such crashes, riders who survive such crashes often seek to get compensation for their accident injuries. Due to the severity of such injuries, extensive hospitalization is often involved, which typically involves emergency care, extensive testing, possible surgeries, and possibly a protracted hospital stay. There are also other forms of care needed, such as various types of rehabilitation. Given this level of medical care, medical bills are likely to be high, even for those who have good insurance. A personal injury lawsuit can seek to get compensation for these medical bills, as well as types of compensation for other harm and financial adversity that has occurred.

The topic of personal injury lawsuits for motorcycle accidents is further discussed on the “Cook County Accident Injuries And Personal Injury Lawsuits” page.

If the motorcycle accident was the fault of another person or entity, and it resulted in the death of motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger, relevant parties may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Those types of lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Lawsuits” page.

Morton Grove Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On Dempster Street

There was a Morton Grove motorcycle collision Thursday (April 25, 2019) involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. This Morton Grove motorcycle collision resulted in the motorcyclist being critically injured.

As is often the case in serious Cook County motorcycle accidents, this crash is being attributed to a vehicle making a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. This remains one of the primary causes of serious motorcycle accidents, as discussed on the “Reasons For Illinois Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. As mentioned frequently on this site, this type of frontal collision is often extremely forceful and often leads to life-threatening, if not fatal accident injuries to the motorcyclist and, if applicable, motorcycle passenger. Lawsuits stemming from the accident injuries are common in this type of crash, given any negligence that has occurred and the likely extensive harm and/or fatalities that has been caused by the crash.

An excerpt concerning this Morton Grove motorcycle collision, as seen in the April 26, 2019 Morton Grove Champion article titled “Naperville man in critical condition after vehicle struck his motorcycle in Morton Grove“:

A vehicle traveling east on Dempster Street around 7:45 p.m. was attempting to make a left turn onto Oleander Avenue, just east of Notre Dame College Prep, when it collided with the motorcycle — which was headed in the opposite direction on Dempster, police said.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old man from Naperville, was seriously injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was in critical condition.

According to Morton Grove Police, the driver of the vehicle was not injured. She was ticketed for failure to yield.

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

Edgebrook Fatal Motorcycle Accident Along Caldwell Avenue

On Wednesday (April 17, 2019) night there was an Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident involving a collision between a Jeep and motorcycle.

An excerpt concerning this Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident, from the April 18, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dead in South Edgebrook crash“:


A 53-year-old man driving a Jeep Wrangler west about 9:40 p.m. in the 6000 block of North Caldwell Avenue collided with the eastbound motorcyclist as the Jeep was turning left onto Leader Street, Chicago police said.

The motorcyclist, who was identified as Mikolai Laszczewski, 24, was taken to Lutheran General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While the driver of the Jeep refused medical treatment, a passenger in the Jeep was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for medical treatment for a facial laceration.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the article:

Witnesses in the area told officers that Laszczewski was traveling at high speeds, police said.

The accident investigation of this Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident is ongoing and is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

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

There are many reasons as to why riding early in the motorcycle riding season presents additional motorcycle riding safety issues. Many of these reasons are discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page. Among these reasons is that riders may be somewhat unfamiliar with riding the bike, as (typically) there are a number of months during which motorcycles are not ridden in Chicago. An excerpt from the aforementioned page:

For the first ride of the season, motorcyclists may want to be extra careful, as they have likely not ridden for a while and as such they may be somewhat “rusty” with regard to bike handling as well as the dynamics of riding in traffic.

Additional details regarding fatal motorcycle accidents, including the Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

West Lawn Motorcycle Accident Results In Rider Fatality

A West Lawn motorcycle accident occurred early Saturday (April 13, 2019) morning.

Details on this Chicago motorcycle accident appear somewhat limited at this time. According to Chicago Police, this West Lawn motorcycle accident occurred as the motorcyclist – a 54-year-old man – was riding southbound in the 6000 block of South Pulaski Road. At approximately 3:17 a.m. he was hit by a black Mercedes that was pulling out of a restaurant parking lot.

The motorcyclist was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead there.

This West Lawn motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 13, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dead after motorcycle crash in West Lawn” as well as the April 13 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Killed in West Lawn Motorcycle Crash.”

As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, for many reasons riding a motorcycle early in the motorcycle riding season can present a heightened level in the risk of being involved in a crash.

One risk is that of motorists “not seeing” motorcycles, which can be particularly acute early in the riding season. Motorists “not seeing” motorcycles can further be exacerbated if the motorist is impaired either by alcohol and/or drug use.

As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents – many summarized on this site – motorists “not seeing” motorcycles has led to many collisions that have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities to motorcycle riders. In many cases these collisions involve motorists making left-hand turns immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

Tips to avoid motorcycle accidents – including reducing the possibility of not being “seen” by other drivers – is discussed on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page.

I-80 Fatal Accident Involving A Pickup Truck And Semi Truck

An I-80 fatal accident involved a pickup truck, semi truck and another vehicle. The crash happened just before 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

According to the Illinois State Police, this I-80 fatal accident happened as a pickup truck attempted to change lanes in order to get over to the I-57 exit ramp, and in doing so struck a semi truck that was behind it.

After the initial collision occurred, the pickup truck driver was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the accident scene. He was later identified as Daryl D. Langston, 28, of Bellwood.

The semi truck rolled over in the median, injuring the truck driver.

A light pole fell over during the crash and struck another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-80 fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 10, 2019 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “1 Dead After 3-Vehicle Crash On I-80” as well as the April 10 Arlington Cardinal article (with video) titled “Pickup Truck Driver Dead After 3-Vehicle Crash on I-80 Near I-57.”

Additional commentary about vehicle rollover accidents can be seen on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page, which discusses these types of accidents and the typical serious nature of injuries that result. If vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of a rollover crash, occupants are at an increased risk of being ejected (partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle. Such ejections are typically very physically traumatic.

Edens Expressway Accident Near Bryn Mawr Involving Four Vehicles

An Edens Expressway accident occurred on Friday (January 25, 2019) night. The crash, which involved at least four cars, is being attributed to inclement weather and adverse weather conditions.

The accident is discussed in the January 25, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Multi-Vehicle Crash on Edens Closes All Outbound Lanes Near Bryn Mawr.”

As seen in the article, this Edens Expressway accident happened near Bryn Mawr at approximately 9:40 p.m. At that time area roadways were slick due to snow and ice conditions.

There are a number of steps one can take in order to drive more safely in adverse weather conditions.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, in a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend” (pdf), provided various tips with regard to safe driving in adverse weather conditions.

Among the tips discussed in the media release include:

  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.

There are many benefits of wearing a seat belt. Despite various other safety devices that have been introduced in recent years, wearing a seat belt continues to be one of the primary ways to avoid more serious injuries if you are involved in an accident. The benefits are further discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page. As seen on that page, one of the primary benefits of wearing a seat belt is that the restraint likely prevents the vehicle occupant from being ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle in the event of a crash.

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.”