Pedestrian accidents often result in serious accident injuries.  Among the most common injuries are broken bones, bruises, and head injuries.  However, due to the nature of a person getting hit by a vehicle there is a broad range of injuries that can occur.  These injuries are often serious in nature.

As noted in posts concerning pedestrian accidents, it is not uncommon for people to be hit by a vehicle even when they are lawfully walking in a crosswalk.  Also, people have been hit by vehicles when they are walking on sidewalks away from the roadway.  If a driver loses control of a vehicle, pedestrians in the area can be put at risk.

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A February 10, 2021 Avondale neighborhood bicycle accident has resulted in the bicyclist being critically injured.  This Avondale bicycle accident occurred on North Kimball and involved a SUV that hit the bicyclist.  The SUV had allegedly previously been carjacked.

At the time of the collision the cyclist was riding north on North Kimball.

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A Garfield Ridge head-on collision has led to one fatality and several people being seriously injured.  According to Chicago Police, this Garfield Ridge head-on collision occurred Wednesday (January 20, 2021) evening at approximately 9:35 p.m. in the 4900 block of South Cicero Avenue.  The accident occurred after a Chevrolet Impala crossed the center line and ran into an oncoming Cadillac SUV.

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Driver impairment by drugs has been increasing in nature over the last few years.  While the drugs typically used by these drug-impaired drivers varies wildly, among the most common include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.

Another source of driver impairment that seems less frequent is that of “huffing.”  Huffing is a term used to describe the inhalation of various household products and industrial products whose vapors, when inhaled, produce a “high.”

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“Wrong-way drivers” continue to pose a substantial threat to traffic safety.  On this site, crashes of this type that have occurred throughout Illinois are discussed in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.  Due to the nature of these crashes – which often involve violent collisions – accident injuries resulting from these crashes are often severe in nature.  Often, life-threatening if not fatal accident injuries result.

A November 22, 2020 fatal collision along Interstate 55 (I-55) near Wilmington allegedly involved a “wrong-way driver.”  This collision led to the death of Nicholas J. Ercolini, 33, of Blackstone, Illinois.

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“Hit & run accidents” can occur for many different reasons.  As well, they can involve many different parties, as seen in Chicago area accidents summarized on this site under the “Hit & Run” category.

Often, those drivers who leave the scene of the accident are impaired either by the consumption of alcohol or by drug usage.

On the evening of November 15, 2020 there was a Lombard accident in which a vehicle fatally struck a bicyclist.  The driver then left the accident scene.

Crosswalks are supposed to provide pedestrians with safe passage if the pedestrian has the right of way.  However, as seen in many pedestrian accidents summarized on this site – both in Chicago as well as the suburbs and otherwise throughout Illinois – people have been hit and injured while lawfully attempting to cross in a crosswalk.  Often, people who attempt to walk across the street in a crosswalk may “let their guard down” and not necessarily be alert to the possibility that a vehicle may suddenly travel toward them.

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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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