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Will County Lawsuit Settlement Of $209,000 For Motorcycle Accident

A $209,000 Will County lawsuit settlement was attained by the Elman Joseph Law Group. This $209,000 Will County lawsuit settlement pertained to a motorcycle accident injury case. The plaintiff was Javier Cotto and the defendant was Joan Eklund. [Name of case; Javier Cotto vs. Joan Eklund, 19 L 51 (Will County, IL); Name of (lead) lawyer: Anthony R. Elman with co-counsel attorneys, Lerner and Rowe]

The underlying motorcycle accident occurred in Crest Hill, Illinois on December 16, 2017. On that date, a motorcyclist, Javier Cotto, 34, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle eastbound along Theodore Street. At the intersection of Theodore Street and Rock Run Drive, Cotto alleges that a westbound Toyota Camry driven by Joan Eklund was attempting to make a left-hand turn and failed to yield the right-of-way, and the Camry collided with Cotto’s motorcycle.

Joan Eklund filed many affirmative defenses against Javier Cotto, alleging that he failed to keep a proper lookout; failed to keep his motorcycle in proper lane of travel; operated his motorcycle too fast for conditions; failed to yield the right of way to defendant’s vehicle; disobeyed a traffic signal; failed to activate the horn; and failed to avoid impact.

Like many motorcyclists who are involved in motorcycle accidents, Cotto suffered many injuries during the collision. These injuries included those to the neck, back, and leg. His medical treatment included being taken to the hospital and being treated in the emergency room (ER), epidural injections, and chiropractic sessions.

Joan Eklund’s insurance company, Farmer’s Insurance, offered $100,000 at or near the time the lawsuit was filed.

The Will County lawsuit settlement discussed above is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing an accident injury case to a successful conclusion. Over the last 25+ years, the firm has won many high settlements and jury trial awards. This success has involved a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Among the awards and accomplishments received by the Elman Joseph Law Group is that Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been named an “ Illinois Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, a distinction granted to no more than the Top 5% of lawyers. Furthermore, Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, received a lifetime achievement award by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter testifying to his very extensive court trial experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

The motorcycle accident discussed above, in which a vehicle making a left-hand turn hits a motorcycle, is a common cause of Illinois and Will County motorcycle accidents. These collisions are often highly physically traumatic to the motorcyclist, and in many cases cause serious accident injuries. Some of these injuries lead to fatalities.

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Jury Trials Experience Honor Awarded To Anthony R. Elman

Jury trials can be a critical avenue in achieving substantial vehicle accident injury compensation. As seen in many Will 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 “Lawsuit Results And Illinois Court Trial Capabilities” page.

I-80 Motorcycle Crash Leads To Fatal Accident Injuries

An I-80 motorcycle crash occurred Sunday (June 28, 2020) afternoon. This I-80 motorcycle crash led to the death of the motorcycle rider. That rider was identified as Nathan Carroll, 35, of Channahon. This accident is reported to have involved a motorcycle loss of control.

This fatal Illinois motorcycle accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 28, 2020 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Channahon Motorcycle Death Caused By Speeding: Police.” An excerpt:

Nathan Carroll was traveling eastbound on I-80 at mile marker 111 with a group of other motorcyclists when he lost control of his motorcycle at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Grundy County coroner John Callahan said in a news release Sunday that Carroll’s bike traveled 300 feet before coming to a rest. Carroll was thrown from his motorcycle and was produced dead at the scene. It is unknown at this time what caused him to lose control of his bike, the coroner said.

On Monday, the Illinois State Police announced that Carroll’s motorcycle, as well as two vehicles, were traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 one mile west of Route 47 and Carroll’s motorcycle was “reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane.”

According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred when Carroll tried to change lanes and struck the rear passenger side of a semitrailer.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-80 motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Motorcycle loss of control can happen for many different reasons. As seen in many serious motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, it is a cause or contributing factor in many Will County motorcycle accidents. On this site, various reasons for motorcycle crashes are discussed on the “Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities In Will County” page. That page also discusses “what to do” if you have been injured during a motorcycle crash.

Homer Glen Motorcycle Crash Involving Motorycle And Truck

A fatal Homer Glen motorcycle crash occurred on Saturday (May 23, 2020) morning. This Homer Glen motorcycle crash happened on Parker Road. The crash involved a collision between a motorcycle and truck.

Publicly disclosed details regarding this fatal crash appear to be limited at this time.

This motorcycle collision is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 23, 2020 Romeoville Patch article titled “Fatal Motorcycle Crash: Man, 21, Killed In Homer Glen.”

An excerpt from this article:

A 21-year-old Homer Glen man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning, the Will County Coroner’s Office said. Officials said Joseph Farbo was the driver of a motorcycle that collided with a truck on Parker Road.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, Farbo was declared dead at 10:22 a.m. after being taken to the Silver Cross Hospital emergency room.

This Homer Glen motorcycle crash is under investigation by the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

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

There are many reasons why motorcycle collisions occur. On this site, reasons for motorcycle collisions are discussed on the “Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities In Will County” page. Many different reasons for motorcycle accidents are discussed on that page. As well, Will County motorcycle accidents of various types are highlighted.

While some of the reasons for such motorcycle crashes are due to actions taken by the motorcyclists, many are not. As seen in many motorcycle accidents causing injury and death, many of these accidents are due to the negligence of other people. For those riders who are injured due to the negligence of another person, injury compensation may be available through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. For those motorcycle accidents that lead to the death of the rider (and, if applicable, passenger) a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by appropriate parties.

Lockport Motorcycle Crash On East Ninth Street Leads To Fatality

A Lockport motorcycle crash resulted in the death of a motorcyclist on May 3, 2020. This Lockport motorcycle accident involved the bike striking a fixed object.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time. The cause of the motorcycle accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

This Lockport motorcycle crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the Homer Glen – Lockport Patch article titled “Lockport Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash: Coroner.” An excerpt:

A Lockport man died Sunday after his motorcycle struck a fixed object, the Will County Coroner’s Office said. Steven Rabbers, 52, was pronounced deceased at 3:15 a.m. Sunday at the Silver Cross emergency room in New Lenox.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office,  the motorcycle struck a fixed object in the 700 block of East Ninth Street in Lockport. It is not disclosed as to why the motorcycle struck the fixed object. The cause and manner of death has yet to be determined.

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

In the Chicago area, the motorcycle riding season has largely been delayed for a number of reasons. The virus lockdown as well as generally (very) cool weather has served to suppress motorcycle riding. As such, this year even in early May might still be considered early in the riding season. As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, there is the potential for greater risk while riding early in the season. The reasons for this increased risk are numerous.

Additional posts concerning Will County motorcycle accidents are found under the “motorcycle accidents” category. As seen in these posts, motorcycle accidents often lead to injuries that often require medical care, including hospitalization. Many Will County motorcycle accidents have resulted in the death of the rider.

Semi Truck Crashes That Occur On Will County Expressways

Semi truck crashes occur in significant numbers in Will County. As discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page, many factors – principally the amount of county truck traffic – contribute to a high number of trucking accidents.

Semi truck crashes occur as trucks are vulnerable to crashing due to various physical characteristics. Trucks tend to be heavy, especially if full. This weight can contribute to long stop distances, as well as various issues that can contribute to a loss of control. This vulnerability is increased at higher speeds, such as on expressways.

As well, as seen in various statistics, many truck accidents are the fault of the truck driver.

Will County accidents involving trucks that have caused injury (and in some cases fatalties) can be seen discussed in posts found under the “truck accidents” category.

There was a semi truck accident Thurday (December 26, 2019) on westbound I-80 near New Lenox. This crash caused a hazmat response.

The incident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 26, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Semi Rollover Blocks I-80 Lanes Near New Lenox, Prompts Hazmat Response.”

An excerpt:

Officers responded to the crash about 8:30 a.m., in a construction zone in the westbound lanes of I-80 near mile marker 138, according to Illinois State police.

According to authorities, the driver of the tractor said he was trying to change lanes from the left to the right lane when the trailer began to “swap uncontrollably.” The driver lost control of the vehicle, striking the guardrail on the right side of the roadway. The trailer ultimately overturned, according to authorities.

As a result of this crash, the truck leaked roughly 100 gallons of phosphoric acid. Due to this leaking and the hazmat response, the expressway was closed until at least 3:00 p.m.

No injuries appear to have occurred.

Additional discussion of Will County semi truck crashes, as well as the I-80 crash mentioned above, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Crest Hill Bicycle Accident Leads To Fatal Accident Injuries

A Crest Hill bicycle accident occurred early Monday (December 9, 2019) morning. This Crest Hill bicycle accident was a “hit & run” collision, i.e. a vehicle hit the bicyclist and then the driver left the accident scene.

Details regarding the reason for this crash are not publicly available at this time. The “hit & run” driver involved in this Crest Hill bicycle accident has not been apprehended at this time.

According to Crest Hill Police, the bicycle accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. At the time of the collision, the bicyclist was riding home from Anthony’s Restaurant & Pub near Louis Joliet Mall. The accident happened in the 2400 block of Plainfield Road. The bicyclist was found by another motorist along the side of the road.

Police found the bicyclist with serious, life-threatening injuries. He was taken to AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of his accident injuries.

The bicyclist was identified as Dennis Ledenbach, Jr., 46, of Joliet. Among his injuries was brain damage. He was on life support and subsequently passed away.

Those with information concerning this Crest Hill bicycle accident are asked to contact Crest Hill Police Investigator Joel Steen 815-741-5115. Tips can be left on an anonymous basis with Will County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-323-6734.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “hit & run” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 15, 2019 The Herald-News article titled “Injured cyclist dies after apparent hit-and-run” as well as the December 12 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Hit-And-Run Victim On Life Support.”

Further discussion of bicycle accidents, especially those that have occurred in Will County, can be seen on the “Bicycle Accidents In Will County” page. As discussed on that page – and seen in various Will County bicycle accidents – such bike accidents often result in serious injuries. Many such injuries are life-threatening, which in many cases have led to a fatality.

I-55 Accident Involving Truck Failing To Stop In Time

Failing to stop in time to avoid an accident is a common reason for truck accidents. Semi trucks failing to stop in time to avoid hitting vehicles ahead can occur for many reasons; one reason is the weight of trucks. Because of this weight, as well as other physical dynamics, stopping a truck can take significant time and distance. This is especially so if the truck is driving in adverse weather such as rain, snow or ice.

There was a fatal I-55 accident involving a semi truck allegedly failing to stop in time. This Will County truck accident occurred in Wilmington and involved three trucks and two cars. The accident happened on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m.

This truck accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 11, 2019 wspynews.com article titled “One Person Killed & Several Others Injured in Interstate 55 Crash.”

An excerpt:

The Wilmington Fire Protection District said it was determined there were three semi tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles involved in the crash near Wilmington. One of the semis and both passenger vehicles sustained heavy damage.

The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 46 year-old Shabbir Patel of Brampton, Ontario allegedly failed to yield to traffic that was stopped for construction, which then caused a chain reaction crash with four other vehicles.  Patel was taken to an area hospital.

One man involved in the accident, Kenneth C. Bloor, 34, of St. Peters, MO, was declared deceased after being taken to Amita Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Other people were also injured during the crash. The type and extent of their injuries does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

Another excerpt from the wspynews.com article:

Patel was cited for Following Too Closely & Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident involving a truck failing to stop in time can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 8 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Victim ID: I-55 Semi Crash Fatal At Lorenzo Road.”

Snow And Ice Conditions Often Cause Serious Accident Injuries

Snow and ice often lead to a variety of accidents and accident injuries. Among the types of accidents that can occur due to snow and ice are vehicle accidents. As seen in many posts on this site, there have been many days when adverse winter driving conditions have existed in Will County. Such conditions typically include much snow and ice, and possibly “black ice.” Will County vehicle accidents that occur in these conditions include spinouts, “slide-offs”, and various types of collisions including when one vehicle “rear ends” another. Depending upon the type of accident, a broad range of injuries can result. These injuries range from minor injuries to those that can be life-threatening in nature.

Other types of accidents can occur due to snow and ice. For example, someone may slip and fall when walking due to ice accumulation. A broad range of injuries may result. Among the most common types of injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident include back injuries and leg injuries. If the person hits their head, a wide range of head injuries can occur. These head injuries can vary in type and severity. In the worst case scenarios, head injuries can be life-threatening in nature. The subject of traumatic head injuries are further discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries” page.

These accidents that occur in snow and ice can lead to injuries that may require hospitalization and associated required testing, other diagnostic procedures, and testing. Follow-on medical treatment may involve rehabilitation, such as physical rehabilitation and occupational occupation.

Despite the medical care and rehabilitation, the injured person may suffer from temporary impairments or permanent injuries. These impairments and injuries can not only lower the quality of life, but also prevent the injured person from working. As well, physical and/or mental impairments may prevent the person from being able to normally function in everyday life.

Because of the hardships caused by accident injuries, those who have been injured due to the fault of another person may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit. The subject is further discussed on the “Lawsuits Over Will County Vehicle Accident Injuries” page.

Expressway Accident Injury Lawsuit Settled For $350,000

An expressway accident often leads to serious accident injuries, and occasionally fatal accident injuries. Some of these accidents are rear-end collisions. In Will County, many accidents happen on I-80. Those accidents are further discussed on the “I-80 Traffic Accidents On Will County” page.

The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has recently settled a lawsuit that involved an expressway accident. The case settled in October 2019. The case involved a woman who was “rear-ended” by an ambulance while driving on the expressway.

Frederick Joseph III, a partner and winning personal injury trial lawyer at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, settled this motor vehicle injury case for $350,000.

The $350,000 settlement was achieved by the Elman Joseph Law Group after the final settlement offer by the ambulance company was only $6,000.

The rear-end collision happened when the plaintiff, Michalia Agins, 22 years old, was driving back home to Chicago after visiting her parents. When traffic slowed down on the expressway (eastbound I-90), Ms. Agins was “rear-ended” by an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a medical patient from one hospital to another. The ambulance had no lights or sirens activated at the time of the accident.

Ms. Agins started feeling pain immediately in her neck, back, and her shoulder (the same shoulder she previously had surgery on to repair a sports injury). Thankfully, she was able to drive her vehicle home from the scene but as the pain got worse, Michalia sought medical treatment. She underwent months of physical therapy; however, doctors advised Michalia that she was going to need surgery on her shoulder to repair a torn tendon from the collision. The recovery process was long and painful, and Michalia was forced to quit her job as a hair stylist.

Illinois has very strict legal protections for ambulance companies, both public and private. The laws in Illinois can make it very difficult to get a substantial recovery against an ambulance company. Superior Ambulance initially refused to offer anything to settle the case. Before the case was transferred to The Elman Joseph Law Group, the final offer to settle was only $6,000.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC immediately filed suit and began the discovery process. A dashcam video inside the ambulance showed that the driver (who was on a 24 hour shift) was falling asleep at the wheel. Before the impact, his eyes were shut for at least three seconds on the highway. As the investigation continued, Anthony R. Elman and Frederick Joseph put together a strong case for Ms. Agins and prepared for trial. Before trial, Frederick Joseph negotiated a settlement with the defendants in the amount of $350,000.

This rear-end collision injury settlement is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing a challenging case to a successful conclusion. The trial lawyers at the firm have many high settlements and jury trial awards over the course of the last 25+ years. This success has been achieved across a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases. Some of these notable settlements and jury trial awards are further discussed on the “Lawsuit Results And Illinois Court Trial Capabilities” page.