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.

Minooka Motorcycle Collision Leads To Fatal Accident Injuries

A Minooka motorcycle collision resulted in fatal accident injuries to the motorcyclist. This fatal Minooka motorcycle collision occurred on Saturday (July 13, 2019) morning.

Details on this Minooka motorcycle collision appear limited at this time. The cause of the collision, which involved the motorcycle and another vehicle, is not publicly disclosed.

The accident happened at Ridge Road and Prairie Ridge Drive.

An excerpt regarding this Minooka motorcycle collision, from the July 15, 2019 The Herald-News article titled “Plainfield community officer dies after Minooka motorcycle crash“:

On Saturday morning, Tyler Dufour of Channahon was driving a motorcycle when he collided with another vehicle at Ridge Road and Prairie Ridge Drive, according to the DuPage County Coroner’s Office. Dufour was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he was pronounced dead. Minooka police are investigating the crash but could not be reached for comment.

Dufour, 22, was a Community Service Officer for Plainfield.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 13 Plainfield Patch article titled “Plainfield Community Service Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash.”

Motorcycle accidents can happen for many reasons. A discussion of these reasons is seen on the “Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities In Will County” page.

An excerpt:

Generally speaking, there are two reasons for motorcycle accidents.  Motorcycle accidents can be caused by the actions of the motorcyclist (i.e. the motorcyclist was at fault in the accident) or the motorcycle accident can be the fault of another party, such as a motorist who is driving negligently.

As discussed on that page, riders who have been hurt during a crash that was not their fault can likely pursue injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. For fatal motorcycle accidents, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent (motorcyclist and/or motorcycle passenger that was killed in the crash.)

Troy Township Crash On Route 52 And County Line Road

There was a Troy Township crash involving a semi truck and passenger car on Monday (July 2, 2018) which caused the driver of the car to be injured.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash happened on Route 52 and County Line Road, which is near the border between Will County and Kendall County.

An excerpt regarding the collision, from the July 3 Channahon Patch article titled “Yorkville Woman Airlifted After Semi Crash“:

State police said the woman was heading north on County Line Road in a Chevy Malibu at around 9:06 a.m. when she stopped at the stop sign, then proceeded through the intersection and failed to yield to Route 52 traffic that did not have a stop sign. An eastbound tractor-trailer struck the Chevy.

The driver of the Chevy, identified as Kendra M. Scott, 22, of Yorkville, had to be extricated from the car.  She was then flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of her accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The driver of the semi truck, as well as his passenger, were not injured during the collision.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the July 3 Kendall County Now article titled “Yorkville woman airlifted, cited after two-vehicle crash on Route 52“:

Police said Scott has been charged with having no valid driver’s license and failure to yield.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Troy Township crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

Driving While Impaired By Drugs Involvement In Fatal Crashes

Driving while impaired by drugs is becoming increasingly common, and, in addition to drunk driving, continues to be a significant traffic safety issue both nationally as well as locally, such as in Will County as well as throughout the Chicago area.   This “drugged driving” can include many drugs, with commonly-involved drugs including marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine.  If “mixed drug use” occurs, the level of impairment can increase.  As well, if alcohol is used with the drugs, an increased level of impairment can occur.  The subject of drug-impaired driving is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.   Various Cook County accidents in which the driver was impaired by drugs are mentioned.  As seen in these accidents, many result in serious injuries, and some of these injuries resulted in fatalities.

Driving while impaired by drugs is the subject of the May 31, 2018 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) press release (with full report) titled “Marijuana, Opioids Most Common Drugs Found in Fatally Injured Drivers.”

Two excerpts from the press release:

new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that in 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% just 10 years prior. More than half of these drivers had marijuana, opioids, or a combination of the two in their system.


“Too many people operate under the false belief that marijuana or opioids don’t impair their ability to drive, or even that these drugs make them safer drivers,” noted GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Busting this myth requires states to expand their impaired driving campaigns to include marijuana and opioids along with alcohol to show drivers that impairment is impairment, regardless of substance.”

Additional details concerning this driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

On this site, Will County accidents involving the driver’s use of drugs and/or alcohol can be seen in posts found under the “DUI” category.

The Term “Car Crash” vs. “Car Accident”

Many people use the terms “car accident” and “car crash” interchangeably.

However, some people believe that there is a difference between the two terms, and that “car crash” is, in many instances, a far more accurate – and more appropriate – description than is “car accident.”

The Huffington Post article of May 20, 2016, titled “We’ve Been Brainwashed Into Saying ‘Car Accident’” further discusses the issue.

An excerpt:

“An ‘accident’ seems equivalent to spilling milk, or an act of God,” says Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives. “That’s not what a car crash is. There’s always a human choice behind any crash.”

The article also mentions that the three leading causes of car accidents are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving

The article states “All three are clearly deliberate actions.”

The article also discusses a campaign and other advocacy efforts by two New York City nonprofits, “Transportation Alternatives” and “Families for Safe Streets,” for the greater use of the term “crash” as opposed to accident.

Additional details concerning this issue can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above as well as the two nonprofits mentioned.

Fatal ATV Crash In Plainfield

There was a fatal ATV accident Tuesday evening (April 19, 2016) in Plainfield.  The accident happened near Ridge Road, between 135th and Plainfield Road.

The accident resulted in the death of Alexis Richardson, 9, of Plainfield.  A man was also severely injured.

An excerpt from the April 20, 2016 Plainfield Patch article titled “Girl, 9, Dies After ATV Crash In Plainfield“:

A preliminary investigation indicates that the ATV was traveling southbound on the asphalt path along Ridge Road, continued south through the grass where it entered a culvert, lost control and crashed, according to police.

After the accident the girl was airlifted to Loyola Hospital via helicopter, but later died from her injuries.  The man taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Plainfield Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Plainfield Patch article mentioned above, as well as the Chicago Tribune article of April 20 titled “Girl, 9, killed in ATV crash in Plainfield.”

Fatal Collision In Channahon

There was a fatal Will County vehicle collision Thursday (October 30, 2014) in Channahon, Illinois.  A U.S. Postal Service driver died from injuries sustained during this crash.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle collision happened at approximately 12:35 p.m. on Youngs Road, south of Cavalea Drive.  At that time, the postal truck was driving southbound on Youngs Road when, for reasons currently undetermined, it drove off the road, onto the shoulder.  The postal truck then swerved to the left, crossing the center line and colliding head-on with a northbound Culligan Water truck.

The driver of the postal truck was identified as Daniel M. McGuire, 48, of Channahon.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the Culligan truck, identified as a 32-year-old man, was not hurt in the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 31, 2014 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Postal Carrier Killed in Channahon crash” as well as the October 30, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Postal Service Driver Killed In Crash.”

Discussion Of Traumatic Injury

Throughout this site, injuries from Will County car and other vehicle accidents are discussed.  While many of these injuries are minor in nature, many other car accident injuries are serious.  Some accident injuries lead to death.

Serious car injuries can take many forms, and can include broken bones, bleeding, back injuries, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and various brain injuries and other head trauma.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a video on its National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) site titled “The Body’s Response to Traumatic Injury.”  In this video, which is slightly over three minutes in length, Dr. Scott Somers discusses the body’s reaction to traumatic injury, in which he discusses the following:

  • Shock
  • The “systemic nature” of injuries
  • The “injury process”
  • The inflammatory and immune response
  • Traumatic injuries’ impact on organs
  • Infections
  • Sepsis

Further information can be seen in the NIGMS video mentioned above.

If you are in a vehicle accident, it is very important that you get a thorough medical check to determine if you received any injuries.  Due to the nature of vehicle accidents and the body’s response to them, you may have serious injuries that you are not aware of, as the symptoms may not be obvious.  One example of an accident in which serious injury symptoms – including internal bleeding and head trauma – were not initially recognized is seen in the July 18, 2014 Aurora Beacon-News article titled “Bicyclist realizes depth of injury hours after Aurora crash.”

Fatal Traffic Accident In Romeoville, Illinois

There was a fatal Will County vehicle accident Monday morning (May 19, 2014) in Romeoville, Illinois.

The accident happened at 5:15 a.m., as a man driving an SUV eastbound on Taylor was turning north onto Weber.  At that point he was struck by a minivan.

According to Romeoville Police, as well as the Will County Coroner’s Office, the man in the SUV was identified as Don Trasmonte, 41.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:08 a.m.

A passenger in the SUV – Trasmonte’s wife – was also hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

This vehicle accident remains under investigation by the Romeoville Police Department Traffic Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 19, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Driver questioned in fatal Romeoville crash” as well as the May 19 The Bugle article titled “Fatal crash at Weber and Taylor Roads.”

I-55 Truck Fire In Romeoville

As explained in the “Will County Car Crashes” page, for many reasons vehicle accidents and associated injuries can happen in Will County.

One of these reasons is “traffic hazards,” a category which encompasses many different types of occurrences that increases danger for traffic.

One type of traffic hazard is car or vehicle fires.  While these types of vehicle fires don’t seem to happen on a frequent basis, when they do happen, they can create dangerous conditions for the vehicle’s occupants, as well as hazards and delays for other traffic.

One example of a truck fire was seen today (May 9, 2014) in Romeoville as a semi truck caught fire at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Interstate 55 near Weber Road.  It is not known at this time how the fire started.

While there are no reports of injuries caused by this truck fire, pictures of the truck indicate that the fire caused severe damage to the truck.

Traffic was backed up for miles because of this truck fire and the lane closures that occurred.

This Romeoville truck fire is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 9, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Big Delay On Interstate 55 After Truck Fire In Romeoville” as well as the May 9 NBC Chicago article titled “Truck Fire Shuts Down Southbound I-55.”