Year 2013 Cook County And Illinois Fatal Vehicle Vehicle Accidents

Today, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled “Traffic deaths in Illinois rise for second straight year.”  The article discusses 2013 Illinois fatal car vehicle trends and Cook County fatal vehicle accident statistics.

Notable excerpts include:

Traffic deaths on Illinois roads rose slightly for a second straight year in 2013, according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

As of New Year’s Eve, there were 973 crash fatalities in 2013 compared with 956 fatalities in 2012, a nearly 2 percent increase. That uptick adds to a 4 percent rise last year, when the death toll of 956 compared with 918 in 2011.

But deaths on Illinois roadways are still much lower than they have been historically, with 2013 the fifth consecutive year that fatalities were below 1,000, a dramatic low compared with the past nine decades.


In Illinois, where the five-year average is 951 deaths in crashes a year, Cook County accounts for more than one-quarter of the state’s traffic fatalities, according to IDOT data. In 2013, 232 crashes in Cook caused 250 fatalities.

Additional details can be seen in the above-referenced Chicago Tribune article.  As well, the CBS Chicago article of December 30 also has commentary in a story titled “Traffic Deaths On Illinois Roadways Increase In 2013.”

Small Plane Makes Lake Shore Drive Emergency Landing

A small plane made an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive Sunday morning (September 22, 2013.)  While no one was injured, two cars hit the plane after it landed.

The pilot, John Pedersen, 51, of Lombard, had been flying his two-seat plane over the downtown Chicago area when the aircraft began to shake violently at approximately 6:00 a.m. As he thought he would be unable to get to an airport, he decided to land on Lake Shore Drive, planning the landing at a time when traffic would be stopped at a red light, so as to avoid an accident with traffic. When the light on East Balbo Drive turned red, he brought the plane down in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive.

According to fire officials, the violent shaking of the airplane was due tail-control issues.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 22, 2013 Chicago Tribune article titled “Plane make emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive” as well as the September 22 article titled “Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Lake Shore Drive.”

Was Your Cook County Lawsuit Mishandled?

Do you feel that your lawyer mishandled your Cook County (or Illinois) personal injury case? If so, you may be able to pursue legal action against their law firm for legal malpractice.

Legal malpractice can take many forms…in general terms, it can be defined as negligent legal error, breach of contract, or breach of fiduciary duty by a lawyer or law firm.

If you or a family member are concerned your case may have been mishandled, or that in some way you were “cheated” or “misrepresented”  – please contact our law offices immediately for a free consultation.

Lawyers are supposed to represent their client’s interests. However, there are many ways in which a lawyer can fall short of fulfilling their duties. Unfortunately, their clients often pay for these shortcomings, carelessness, or negligence.

If you believe that you may have been the victim of legal malpractice, call the Elman Law Group at 773-392-8182 to immediately talk to a distinguished trial lawyer. This consultation is provided free of charge.

More information concerning personal injury legal malpractice can be seen at the Elman Law Group’s Chicago Legal Malpractice Trial Lawyer website (

Elman Law Group Wins $746,000 Jury Verdict In Cook County Personal Injury Case

Anthony R. Elman of Elman Law Group, LLC has successfully achieved a $746,000 gross jury verdict on a rotator cuff injury (less 20% for comparative negligence) after a recent week-long trial involving a personal injury lawsuit filed on behalf of a 76-year-old woman. The case, Geneva Lewis vs. Pierre’s, was tried in Chicago (Cook County) Illinois.

Elman Law Group took the case to trial after there was no settlement offer from the in-house insurance defense law firm of Maisel and Associates of Traveler’s Insurance Co.

The case involved a 76-year-old plaintiff (Geneva Lewis) who, on February 25, 2009, suffered a rotator cuff tear injury that was caused by a fall allegedly because of a wet floor in Pierre’s Bakery (the defendant) in Blue Island, Illinois. The plaintiff had arthroscopic surgery about year and a half after the accident.

Defendant argued that the floor was completely dry and that there were warning signs present throughout the bakery floor from two hours earlier when the floor was last mopped. Defendant employees also testified that the floor was inspected after the accident and it was dry. Defense further contended that the 76-year-old plaintiff’s injury to her right shoulder was caused by degenerative arthritis due to her old age.

Plaintiff’s medical bills were $85,000. Anthony Elman’s last settlement demand was $250,000, and he requested $1,500,000 from the jury in closing arguments at the jury trial.

The trial occurred from June 17 – June 20, with Judge Michael Panter.