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Two lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, based in Chicago, have been selected by Thomson Reuters as part of the “Super Lawyers” awards.

Anthony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, has been designated a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, 2020, and now in 2021. The “Super Lawyers” designation is granted to no more than the Top 5% of attorneys.  The selection process is based upon 12 indicators encompassing both professional achievement as well as peer review.

Frederick Joseph III, partner at the firm, has been named to the “Rising Stars” list.  This “Rising Stars” designation is part of “Super Lawyers” and is granted to no more than the Top 2.5% of lawyers.

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This morning, Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, was featured in a CBS Chicago television segment.  The segment talked about the innovative setting of a recent deposition.  The deposition was held for a car accident case.  As discussed in the segment, the lawyers for both sides agreed that a face-to-face meeting was preferable to a remote or “virtual” meeting.

The television segment is titled “In Age Of COVID-19, Attorney Gets Creative And Holds Deposition In His Backyard.”

This meeting was one of many adjustments that the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has made to adjust to the constraints dictated by COVID-19.  On June 10, the Elman Joseph Law Group was involved in what was believed to be the first time a civil bench trial in Cook County was held “virtually.”  In this case [American Alliance Casualty Company v. Karen Price-Walker, 18 CH 7429] the judge was Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond W. Mitchell.  The case dealt with a one-count insurance coverage dispute concerning a car crash.  That “virtual” bench trial is further discussed in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article of June 23, 2020 titled “Cook County’s debut virtual civil trial goes smoothly.”

Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, recently received a lifetime achievement award testifying to his very extensive court trial 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:

A “dangerous intersection” is a term commonly used to describe an intersection that has many accidents.  There can be many factors that can contribute to an intersection having many accidents. One such factor is if the intersection experiences a high volume of traffic, especially if there is insufficient traffic control devices given the traffic experienced at the intersection.

On this site there are numerous posts discussing the concept of “dangerous intersections” as well as various intersections in Chicago that some consider to be “dangerous intersections.”

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“Distracted Driving” remains among the top causes for Illinois traffic accidents.  There are many types of activities that can constitute distracted driving.  As seen on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Distracted Driving page, the NHTSA definition is the following:

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

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There was a fatal accident Friday morning (May 27, 2016) in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood in which a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed by a tractor.  At the time of the accident the girl was attempting to cross the street with her mother.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 7:50 a.m. in the 6500 block of South Ashland Avenue.  At that time, as the girl was walking across the street with her mother, they were struck by a tractor that was traveling south on Ashland and was pulling mowing equipment.

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In various posts in this site, the high level of Chicago traffic and associated congestion and long travel times are discussed.  Among these posts are the following:

Chicago Has Second Highest Traffic Commuting Times

Chicago Area Ranked #2 In Nation For Worst Traffic Congestion

A recent study now indicates that Chicago has the worst “traffic bottleneck” in the United States.

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Traffic congestion can be measured in a number of ways, as can commute times.  However one chooses to measure such traffic congestion, Chicago and the Chicago area ranks very highly in congestion and commute times.

A past post, that dated October 6, 2011 (“Chicago Area Ranked #2 In Nation For Worst Traffic Congestion“) highlighted the issue.

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Today, there was a fatal plane crash in Manhattan Township in southern Will County, Illinois.

Details on the cause of the accident are limited at this time.

Larry Diffley, 74, of Bemidji, Minnesota, died in the accident.

The two-engine plane crashed in a soybean field shortly before 3:00 p.m. The accident occurred about a half-mile from Gougar and Offner roads.

The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has said the plane was a Hawker Beechcraft BE-58, owned by Bemidji Aviation Services of Minnesota.

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