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$775,000 Lawsuit Settlement Attained For Pedestrian Accident Injury

A $775,000 lawsuit settlement has recently been attained by the Elman Law Group. The underlying pedestrian accident injury occurred in Chicago.

The case involved an 80-year-old woman, Georgina Melendez, who was struck by a vehicle on March 11, 2017.  The accident occurred at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Ashland and Leland.

According to the police report, the defendant and two witnesses both indicated that at the time of the accident the intersection was dark, and the plaintiff was wearing dark, non-contrasting clothing.

Claimed harm to Georgina Melendez included a dislocated left knee with a post-operative blood clot.  Specifically, the knee injury was an acute complete ACL rupture, with associated slight anterior translation of the proximal tibia relative to the distal femur.

After the operation, the orthopedic surgeon indicated that Georgina Melendez made a nearly full and complete recovery.

Medical bills related to the initial knee surgery were approximately $220,000.

The defendant was insured by State Farm Insurance.

In addition to this $775,000 lawsuit settlement Elman Law Group has achieved notable settlements and jury verdicts across a range of personal injury cases.  Over the last 25+ years, Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this time, Elman Law Group has established a reputation for its court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, the Elman Law Group’s ability to win court cases has often resulted in significantly higher monetary awards for its clients. Some of the more notable awards and accomplishments are highlighted in the “DuPage County Car Accident Lawyer” page.

Anthony Elman, the Lead Trial Attorney for the Elman Law Group, has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various factors including lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

As seen in the $775,000 lawsuit settlement summarized above, medical costs to treat pedestrian accident injuries can be substantial. Unfortunately, when a person is hit by a vehicle a broad range of serious injuries can result. As seen in the DuPage County pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, many such accidents lead to life-threatening injuries, and some result in fatalities.

Wrong-Way Crash In Clarendon Hills Leads To Two Fatalities

A fatal wrong-way crash occurred early Sunday (October 20, 2019) morning in Clarendon Hills.  This wrong-way crash involved a SUV that was allegedly driving in the wrong direction when it collided with a Volkswagon Jetta.  This Clarendon Hills collision happened on Route 83, to the north of the 55th Street intersection.

This wrong-way crash led to the death of the driver of the Jetta.  This driver (Marko Boskovic, 27, of Revere, Massachusetts) died at the accident scene.  A passenger (Laura Uribe, 26, of La Grange) died from her accident injuries later that day.  As well, another passenger in the Jetta was critically injured.  A fourth vehicle occupant was hurt with injuries described as minor injuries.

The driver of the SUV, identified as Juan Rodea-Cruz, 25, was also injured and taken to the hospital.

An excerpt concerning this crash involving a SUV traveling in the wrong direction, from the October 21, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago man charged with DUI in Clarendon Hills fatal head-on crash…“:

A Chicago man was driving drunk and on the wrong side of the road in Clarendon Hills when he drove head-on into another vehicle, killing two of its occupants, DuPage County prosecutors said Monday.

Juan Rodea-Cruz, 25, of the 4200 block of West Kammerling, appeared at a Monday bond hearing where prosecutors said he has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence following the early Sunday collision that took place on Illinois Route 83.

According to NBC Chicago (in an October 21, 2019 article with video) Rodea-Cruz was charged with Aggravated DUI Causing Death, a Class 2 felony, as well as one count of Aggravated DUI Causing Great Bodily Harm, a Class 4 felony.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal wrong-way crash leading to DUI charges can be seen in the articles mentioned above.

As seen in many Chicago-area wrong-way driver accidents, such crashes often lead to one or more fatalities.  Due to the unexpected nature of a driver traveling in the wrong direction, as well as other factors, such accidents are often difficult for the driving traveling in the proper lane to avoid.

Fatal Lisle Pedestrian Accident On College Road South Of Maple Avenue

There was a fatal Lisle pedestrian accident Friday (July 26, 2019) night. This fatal Lisle pedestrian accident occurred on College Road, just to the south of Maple Avenue, at approximately 10:20 p.m. The pedestrian struck and killed has been identified only as a 62-year-old man.

Details regarding the accident appear somewhat limited at this time. The circumstances regarding the accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

This fatal Lisle pedestrian accident is discussed in variety of media sources, including the July 27, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian struck, killed in Lisle.”

An excerpt:

Lisle police and a major crash reconstruction team conducted an investigation and later confirmed the driver of the vehicle when he returned to the scene. The 18 year-old Lisle resident was cited for failure to render aid and released pending a court date, officials said.

The accident investigation took more than three hours to complete, and College was closed to traffic during that time.

The 62-year-old pedestrian was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries. He later died from his accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Lisle pedestrian accident can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the July 27 abc7chicago.com article titled “62-year-old man killed by vehicle in Lisle.”

Pedestrian accidents are notable for many reasons. Injuries resulting from these accidents tend to be serious, and often are life-threatening. Additional discussion of pedestrian accidents – especially those that occur in DuPage County – can be seen on the following pages:

Injuries Resulting From DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents That Occur In DuPage County

DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents

An excerpt from the “Injuries Resulting From DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page:

There are many types of expenses that can be directly incurred when someone is hit by a car.  Typically, medical bills may be (very) high, especially if the person does not have health insurance.  Many people who have been hit and injured by a vehicle seek to obtain injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.  This compensation can include many different types.  The amount of such compensation varies depending upon many different factors, including the types and severity of the injuries.

Scott’s Law – Also Known As The Illinois “Move Over” Law

Scott’s Law is an Illinois law that has recently been getting more attention – and more enforcement. One reason for the increasing recognition is a surge in Illinois State Police (ISP) Troopers who have been hit by passing vehicles. These Troopers were pulled over at the time of the accidents, with emergency lights activated. As of March 25, 2019, 14 ISP Troopers had been hit by passing vehicles in 2019.

Scott’s Law is also known as the “Move Over” law. It can also be considered the “Rules Of The Road” when a driver approaches emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. It dictates lawful operation with regard to passing a stopped emergency vehicle with its flashing lights activated. It is a regulation with the goal of avoiding accidents and the accompanying injuries and deaths that can occur.

The two main directives from the law is to 

  • slow down and 
  • move over when there is a stopped emergency vehicle, or a maintenance or construction vehicle with flashing lights. These flashing lights can be of various colors. Applicable emergency or maintenance vehicles include fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, tow trucks, maintenance and construction vehicles.

If possible, the oncoming driver should change to a lane away from the stopped vehicle and proceed with caution.

Scott’s Law is discussed on the Illinois State Police page titled “Scott’s Law” (pdf) subtitled “The Move Over Law.”

An excerpt from this Scott’s Law page:

As of January 1, 2017, the Move Over Law now applies to all vehicles that display flashing emergency lights, including commercial trucks and cars; the law is no longer limited to authorized emergency vehicles — i.e. police cruisers, ambulances, and fire trucks.

Another excerpt, from the Illinois State Police news release of March 25, 2019 titled “WITH SURGE OF CRASHES INVOLVING ISP TROOPERS, GOV. PRITZKER AND ILLINOIS STATE POLICE URGE MOTORISTS TO FOLLOW “MOVE OVER” LAW“:

The Move Over Law requires motorists to approach with caution and yield to emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying oscillating, rotating or flashing lights. Drivers must change lanes if they can do so safely or reduce speed and proceed with caution if unable to change lanes.

 Though not an exhaustive list, this would include police, fire, emergency medical system, construction and towing vehicles. As of January 1, 2017, the law was also updated to include the general public when they are roadside with their emergency four-way flashers activated.

Violators of the Move Over Law are mandated to appear in court. Additionally, they can be fined not less than $100 or more than $10,000 and have their driver’s license suspended for up to two years if the violation involves injury to another.

The law was named after Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Gillen. In 2000, he was fatally struck by a drunk driver as he was assisting at an accident scene on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Of note, Scott’s Law does not currently specify to what speed the driver should decelerate to. As well, it does not specify how much room to leave between the driver’s vehicle and that of the stopped emergency vehicle, tow truck, maintenance vehicle, or other applicable vehicle.

Additional details regarding this Illinois traffic safety regulation can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Driver Distraction Illinois Law Penalties Increasing July 1, 2019

Driver distraction can occur for many reasons. The reasons vary significantly, from eating while driving, to trying to figure out a car entertainment system while driving. However, the most frequent cause of current-era driver distraction is related to phone use. Such phone use while driving includes texting, checking for messages, and other mobile phone use.

Distracted driving remains a primary traffic safety problem. It often leads to loss of vehicle control accidents.   As seen in many DuPage County crashes, as well as those throughout Illinois, such loss of control crashes often lead to serious accident injuries for those involved.

For various reasons, the number of accidents caused by driver distraction is likely highly understated. As mentioned in the June 15, 2019 Wall Street Journal article titled “Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that in 2017 (the most recent available data) 3166 (9% of) roadway deaths were attributed to driver distraction. However, as stated in the article, this figure is likely much higher.

The threat to traffic safety caused by inattentive drivers is further seen in many statistics and surveys. Additional discussion regarding distracted driving, including its dangers and various statistics, is seen on the “Distracted Driving” page.

As discussed on the June 17, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Starting July 1, no more free passes for texting (or holding your phone at all) and driving” the penalties associated with the Illinois distracted driving law will increase as of July 1, 2019.

An excerpt from the article:

Illinois’ law banning driving and texting is now five years old, and drivers caught violating it will face a stiffer penalty as of July 1.

Scofflaws who text, talk or use any hand-held devices behind the wheel will receive a ticket for a moving violation. Three moving violations in a 12-month period will lead to a license suspension.

The article also provides statistics as to the frequency of Illinois driver distraction.

Fines for the distracted driving ticket will be a maximum of $75 for the first offense; $100 for the second offense; $125 on the third offense; and $150 for all future citations.

Under the current law (that effective until July 1) drivers got a warning and no fine the first time offense.

Additional details regarding these driver distraction issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

East Main Street Motorcycle Crash Leads To Rider Fatality

An East Main Street motorcycle crash occurred in St. Charles on Saturday (June 8, 2019) evening. This East Main Street motorcycle crash led to the death of the rider.

An excerpt from the June 9, 2019 Batavia Patch article titled “1 Dead in St. Charles Motorcycle Crash“:

A 49-year-old St. Charles man is dead following a motorcycle crash in downtown St. Charles Saturday evening. The St. Charles Police and Fire departments responded to the 2500 block of E. Main Street at 5:44 p.m. for the crash. A 2002 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Gustavo Sanchez Pineda, was westbound on East Main Street when the motorcycle hit a vehicle that was stopped and waiting to make a left hand turn, according to a news release from the St. Charles Poluce Department.

Pineda was ejected from the motorcycle during the collision.

Pineda was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment of his accident injuries. He later died.

This East Main Street motorcycle crash remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this St. Charles fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the June 8 Daily Herald article titled “St. Charles man dies after motorcycle crash.”

As discussed on the “Motorcycle Crashes Involving Motorcyclist Ejections” page, crashes involving ejections often lead to serious injuries. As discussed, there are many reasons for this, including that most ejections occur when the bike is traveling at significant or higher speeds. Among the common types of injuries sustained during such ejections are various blunt force trauma injuries to the torso and head. Traumatic injuries to these areas often led to serious injuries, and in many cases life-threatening injuries.

The page mentioned above also discusses ways to avoid motorcycle accidents that can lead to the rider being ejected. As well, there are ways to mitigate injuries sustained during an ejection, should an ejection occur.

I-290 Car Accident Near Elmhurst Leads To Two Fatalities

An I-290 car accident near Elmhurst allegedly occurred after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. This accident led to the deaths of two passengers. The driver and another passenger also suffered injuries during the crash.

According to the Illinois State Police, this I-290 car accident occurred Monday (May 27, 2019) evening as a Hyundai car was traveling on westbound I-290, about a half a mile west of York Road.

An excerpt regarding this I-290 car accident and the cause of the crash, from the May 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Crash on I-290 in Elmhurst kills 2 after driver falls asleep at the wheel“:

At about 7 p.m., a 22-year-old man driving a 2013 black Hyundai westbound on I-290 near York Road fell asleep at the wheel, according to preliminary information from Illinois State Police. The car veered off the road and struck a tower pole head-on, police said.

Two of the backseat passengers, identified as Edward S. Jeon, 22, and Eden W. Chung, 19, were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

The driver, identified as Joseph Hung Joon Kim, 22, of Hoffman Estates, and another passenger, Donald W. Schickel, 27, of Buffalo Grove, were hurt during this I-290 car accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 28 Daily Herald article titled “Police: Two men die after driver falls asleep, car strikes pole along I-290 near Elmhurst.”

Additional discussion about ways to avoid DuPage County crashes and the injuries they cause can be seen on the “Avoiding Vehicle Accidents And The Accompanying Injuries” page. While not specifically addressed on that page, driving while drowsy can pose a variety of risks. Driving while drowsy has often been cited as a safety issue in truck driver safety, where truck drivers are often driving for extended periods of time.

Naperville Fatal Vehicle Collision That Occurred On Naper Boulevard

A Naperville fatal vehicle collision occurred Thursday (May 16, 2019) morning. According to Naperville Police, this Naperville fatal vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Naper Boulevard and Washington Street.

This collision allegedly involved one vehicle traveling the wrong way.

Vehicle occupants included a 64-year-old woman from Bolingbrook driving a Hyundai as well as a 61-year-old male driver from Lisle who was driving a Nissan. The Nissan also carried a 59-year-old female passenger.

An excerpt concerning this Naperville fatal vehicle collision, from the May 16, 2019 Naperville Patch article titled “1 Dead After 2-Car Crash In Naperville: Cops“:

The crash took place around 8:45 a.m., according to a news release. Police say the initial investigation indicates that the Hyundai was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Naper Boulevard when it collided with the Nissan, which was traveling southbound.

All vehicle occupants were taken to a local hospital. One of the people involved in the crash was declared dead after being taken to the hospital.

This Naperville fatal vehicle collision remains under investigation. Naperville Police are asking those who witnessed the accident to call Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 16 Naperville Sun article titled “Police investigating cause of fatal crash at Washington Street and Naper Boulevard.”

Crashes that involve one vehicle driving in the wrong direction typically lead to serious, if not life-threatening injuries to vehicle occupants. These collisions are often “head-on collisions” in which vehicle occupants are suddenly subject to very strong physical forces that are highly unnatural in nature. Such collisions are often unexpected and as such can be very difficult to avoid, especially if one vehicle suddenly crosses the center line.

The subject of “head-on collisions” and the injuries involved, as well as legal aspects is further discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.

I-294 Accident In Hinsdale Results In Fatal Accident Injuries

An I-294 accident in Hinsdale on Thursday (April 11, 2019) resulted in fatal accident injuries to a driver.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) this I-294 accident near Hinsdale occurred at 11:18 p.m. The crash involved a collision involving a Hyundai Sante Fe and a Volvo semi truck. The accident allegedly involved driving at a high speed.

An excerpt concerning this I-294 accident in Hinsdale and its causes, from the April 12, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dead after crash on I-294 in Hinsdale“:

At 11:18 p.m., Matthew King was northbound at a high rate of speed on I-294 in a white Hyundai Sante Fe when he struck a Volvo semitrailer, Illinois State Police said.

King, 43, of Indian Head Park, was taken by the Hinsdale Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the semi truck, identified as a 34-year-old man, was not hurt during the collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-294 accident in Hinsdale can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the April 12 Daily Herald article titled “Man killed in crash after driving car into truck on I-294.”

On this site, ways to avoid vehicle accident injuries and their accompanying injuries is discussed on the “Avoiding Vehicle Accidents And The Accompanying Injuries” page. As seen on that page, while there are many reasons as to why vehicle accidents occur, taking various precautions can serve to reduce the possibility of a crash, perhaps substantially.

The page also discusses what to do if you are injured in an accident. Many people who are injured in an accident that is not their fault opt to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to get compensation for their accident injuries. This injury compensation issue is particularly important if medical costs stemming from the accident are high and/or there are ongoing effects and/or disabilities resulting from the accident injuries.

I-355 Fatal Car Crash In Downers Grove March 28, 2019

An I-355 fatal car crash in Downers Grove occurred late Thursday (March 28, 2019) night. This I-355 fatal crash resulted in two people being killed and three other people being injured, with those injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash involved four vehicles. The crash involved one vehicle traveling in the wrong direction, i.e. it was a “wrong-way driver” crash. This crash involved a “head-on collision.”

An excerpt regarding this I-355 fatal car crash, from the March 29, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Drivers from Hammond, Bloomingdale killed, 3 other people seriously hurt in wrong-way crash on I-355 in Downers Grove“:

The drivers of the cars that crashed head-on were killed. They were identified as Robert Velazco, 36, of Hammond, Ind., and Arshad Mohammed, 32, of Bloomingdale. A 66-year-old woman and two men, 24 and 66, were seriously injured, state police said.

Police said Velazco was driving a blue Volkswagen south in the northbound lanes when it struck a black Honda driven by Mohammed near Maple Avenue around 11 p.m., police said. The cars were then struck by a silver Subaru and a white Ford box truck.

Velazco died at the accident scene.

Mohammed died early Friday morning after being taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Additional details, including the condition of those hurt, and possible updates concerning this I-355 fatal car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the March 29 Lisle Patch article titled “Wrong-Way Crash On I-355 Kills 2, Injures 3 Near Downers Grove.”

Additional discussion regarding “head-on collisions,” which typically lead to serious, if not life-threatening injuries, can be seen on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page. As seen on that page, for many reasons “head-on” collisions tend to lead to injuries that are highly traumatic for those involved.