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Jury Trials Plaintiff Attorney Experience Award Given To Anthony R. Elman

Jury trials can be a critical avenue in achieving substantial vehicle accident injury compensation. As seen in many DuPage County accidents discussed on this site, many have caused serious accident injuries. Some of these accidents have led to one or more fatalities. Following these accident injuries, those who are injured due to the negligence of others often seek to get injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. In those instances where negligence has led to a fatality, relevant parties may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, recently received a lifetime achievement award testifying to his leading jury trials experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

On October 24, 2019 more than 300 trial attorneys and Illinois judges attended the annual Trial Lawyer Excellence Award event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This event is hosted by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Media.  The event recognizes the state’s top civil litigation attorneys.

An excerpt from the 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award page:

Fifty-four professionals from both sides of the trial bar received individual Trial Lawyer Excellence awards in one of seventeen 2019 categories.

At this Trial Lawyer Excellence Award Event, Anthony R. Elman received the special Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter historical recognition for “the most reported jury trials as a plaintiff attorney” during the last 30 years.  This award, as well as other awards, verdicts and settlements indicates the level of experience and proven results that the Elman Law Group has achieved in Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

This level of jury trials performance has proven valuable to Elman Law Group clients.  Many clients have received substantially more money for their injuries after the Elman Law Group took their lawsuits to court after settlement offers proved inadequate.

Anthony Elman has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various criteria encompassing lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 25 years.  During this 25+ year period, the Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  This breadth of experience and success in jury trials provides valuable insights in determining the course of action that will lead to the optimal resolution of a personal injury or wrongful death case.

Additional information concerning the Elman Law Group, including notable settlements and court verdicts, can be seen on the “DuPage County Car Accident Lawyer” page.

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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.

Drivers High On Marijuana And Associated Traffic Accidents

Drivers high on marijuana as well as under the influence of other drugs has been increasing over the last few years. While there are many drugs that these “drugged drivers” use, marijuana continues to be one of the most commonly used drugs. Drivers high on marijuana is further discussed on the “‘Drugged Driving’ Accidents Involving Marijuana Use” page.

As discussed on that page, drivers high on marijuana can be impaired in many different ways. These various types of impairments can result in the driver not being able to properly and responsibly operate a vehicle.

There have been many instances, some discussed on this site, of accidents that have been caused by drug-impaired drivers. As seen in various accidents in the Chicago area, accidents caused by drug-impaired drivers often involve serious injuries, including those that are life-threatening and fatal.

There was a Lisle traffic accident that allegedly involved a driver who was driving under the influence of marijuana. This accident occurred Monday (January 20, 2020) along Route 53. The “drugged driver” reportedly crossed the center line and was involved in a “head-on collision.”

This Lisle traffic accident is discussed in a number of media sources, including the January 21 Daily Herald article titled “Lisle police: Driver was high on marijuana at time of crash.” An excerpt:

A 20-year-old Wheaton man is accused of driving under the influence of cannabis and possessing it illegally after a head-on crash in Lisle, authorities said Tuesday.

Cole T. Dixon, of the 1400 block of Falson Court, has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis after police say he drove into opposing lanes of traffic at 7:23 a.m. Monday on Route 53 near Main Street and struck another vehicle head-on.

The drug tests performed on Dixon are discussed in the article. As stated, they included a drug recognition exam.

Additional discussion of the Lisle accident and the broader issue of drivers high on marijuana can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Lisle Fatal Pedestrian Accident Along Maple Avenue

A Lisle fatal pedestrian accident occurred Sunday (December 1, 2019) afternoon. This Lisle fatal pedestrian accident involved a woman who was attempting to cross the street when she was hit by a vehicle.

An excerpt concerning this fatal pedestrian accident, from the December 2, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman fatally struck by vehicle in Lisle“:

The woman was crossing Maple Avenue from north to south at Benedictine Parkway about 4:50 p.m. when she was hit by a vehicle traveling east on Maple through a green light, Lisle police said in a release.

The male driver of the vehicle was unharmed and stayed at the scene of the crash, police said. Officers arrived and found a doctor and nurse aiding the 60-year-old Lisle resident.

The woman, identified as Julie Ann Field, 60, of Lisle, was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville. She was pronounced dead.

As of Monday morning, no citations had been issued in connection with this Lisle fatal pedestrian accident. The accident remains under investigation.

An excerpt from the December 2, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian killed by vehicle in Lisle“:

The Lisle Police Department was assisted by the DuPage MERIT Major Crash Reconstruction Team, which completed the accident reconstruction.

Additional details regarding this Lisle fatal pedestrian accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

DuPage County pedestrian accidents are summarized in posts found under the “DuPage County pedestrian accidents” category. As seen in those posts, pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries to the person or persons who have been hit by a vehicle. Often, these serious injuries lead to the death of the person hit.

If you are hit by a vehicle, there are many steps that you should take to protect both your health and your legal rights, including the ability to get injury compensation. Those steps are further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page. As emphasized on that page, these steps should be taken as soon as possible following the accident.

23-Month Old Child Fatally Struck By A Car In Lisle

A child was struck by a car Sunday (October 27, 2019) afternoon in Lisle. The child, 23 months old, was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Details regarding the accident remain limited at this time. The accident remains under investigation.

This fatal accident in which the toddler was struck by a car is discussed in various media sources, including the October 29, 2019 Downers Grove Patch article titled “Toddler Fatally Hit By Car In Lisle Driveway.” An excerpt:

The toddler was in a private driveway in the 2200 block of Christian Lane when he was struck by a vehicle just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the vehicle was driven by a 40-year-old woman. Lisle-Woodridge Fire District responded to the scene and immediately took the boy to Edward Hospital before he was pronounced dead of his injuries.

Another excerpt concerning the investigation of this fatal accident, from the October 28 Daily Herald article titled “23-month-old boy struck, killed by vehicle in Lisle“:

No charges nor citations have been issued, police said, but their investigation is continuing.

The DuPage County MERIT Accident Reconstruction Team and the DuPage sheriff’s office provided investigative support.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident in which a child was struck by a car can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.

When a person is hit by a car, a broad range of serious accident injuries can occur. As seen in the DuPage County pedestrian accidents discussed on this site, many such accidents result in fatalities.

Further discussion of various aspects of pedestrian accidents, including legal and medical issues, can be found on the following pages:

Injuries Resulting From DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents That Occur In DuPage County

DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents

Due to the serious nature of injuries, many which can be complex in nature, dealing with the various medical and legal issues in an appropriate nature is of great importance.

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.