Bicycle accidents often result in the bicyclist being seriously injured.  On this site, many Chicago bicycle accidents accidents have been summarized and otherwise discussed.  These posts are found under posts found in the “Bicycling Accidents” category.

On Tuesday (June 23, 2020) morning a Chicago bicycle accident occurred in the Avondale neighborhood.  This accident involved a woman riding a bicycle who was hit by a City of Chicago truck.

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A Park Manor car crash that occurred Thursday (April 16, 2020) night led to the death of a girl and a man.  Additionally, a woman was critically injured.

According to Chicago Police, this Park Manor car crash occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. and involved a collision between a SUV and a car.

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Accidents that occur in adverse weather can occur for many reasons.  Often, drivers are driving too fast for conditions, i.e. the drivers are negligent in the operation of the vehicle.  However, other reasons can cause or contribute to an adverse weather crash, such as the existence of black ice, which can be very difficult if not impossible to see.  As well, other icy conditions can occur if the roadway has not been sufficiently cleared of snow or the roadway has not been sufficiently salted.

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The winning attorneys of Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC , Anthony R. Elman and Frederick Joseph III, settled a Chicago wrongful death case for $975,000. The State Farm insurance policy was $1,000,000. The lawsuit involved the death of an 86-year-old elderly man who died as a result of a fire at a Chicago apartment.

Eddie Fort, 86, was visiting friends at their apartment in the South Side of Chicago on Christmas Day, 2017. After everyone went to bed, a fire of an unknown origin broke out in Mr. Fort’s room. The fire engulfed the entire apartment. Despite the best efforts of the decedent’s (Eddie Fort) friends and Chicago Fire Department first responders, he did not survive.

Initial interviews with Chicago Fire Department officials indicated that there may have been some non-working smoke detectors in the multi-unit building owned by the defendant. The defendant’s insurance company, State Farm, denied that their insured was liable for any non- working smoke detectors, and refused to offer anything to the victim’s family until after they were represented by Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC. State Farm Insurance claimed that all the smoke detectors were operational and fully functioning at the time of this fire.

Drivers who are high on drugs continues to be a substantial traffic safety issue.  These drug-impaired driver incidents have increased in frequency.  Often, due to the level of impairment of these drivers who are high on drugs, serious accidents occur.  As seen in many Chicago-area accidents, as well as those nationally, these accidents often result in various serious injuries.  Often, these injuries are life-threatening in nature and result in one or more fatalities.

On Monday (February 3, 2020) there was an accident involving a woman who allegedly was driving while under the influence of drugs.  The accident happened in Riverside, on Harlem Avenue.

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The Elman Joseph Law Group won a $209,000 settlement for a Will County 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.

Bicycle “dooring accidents” have been extensively discussed on this site.  For those unaware, this type of bicycle crash happens when a driver who is parallel parked opens the car door as a bicyclist is approaching the car from the rear.  The bicyclist runs into the opened car door as the bike is passing the car.  As the bicyclist is typically riding at speed, the collision with the opened door – a fixed object – is usually highly traumatic.  The bicyclist can be seriously injured, and there are a wide range of injuries that can occur.  In a limited number of cases the injuries have led to the death of the bicycle rider.

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Crosswalks are supposed to provide pedestrians a way to safely cross the street.  Lawful use of the crosswalk should provide safe passage for pedestrians, as well as provide motorists guidance as to how to interact with walkers attempting to cross the street.

However, crosswalk pedestrian accidents continue to happen.  Many posts (found in the “Pedestrian Accidents” category) on this site have summarized Chicago-area pedestrian accidents in which a person was hit while lawfully walking in a crosswalk.

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