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.

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.

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.”