Jury Trials Experience Award Given To Anthony R. Elman

Jury trials can be a critical avenue in achieving substantial vehicle accident injury compensation. As seen in the DuPage 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 Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group has achieved in Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

This level of jury trials performance has proven valuable to Elman Joseph Law Group clients.  Many clients have received substantially more money for their injuries after the Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 25 years.  During this 25+ year period, the Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group, including notable settlements and court verdicts, can be seen on the “DuPage County Car Accident Lawyer” page.

Naperville Fatal Vehicle Collision Near Naper Blvd And Washington Street

A Naperville fatal vehicle collision occurred Thursday (May 16, 2019) morning. According to Naperville Police, this Naperville fatal vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Naper Boulevard and Washington Street.

This collision allegedly involved one vehicle traveling the wrong way.

Vehicle occupants included a 64-year-old woman from Bolingbrook driving a Hyundai as well as a 61-year-old male driver from Lisle who was driving a Nissan. The Nissan also carried a 59-year-old female passenger.

An excerpt concerning this Naperville fatal vehicle collision, from the May 16, 2019 Naperville Patch article titled “1 Dead After 2-Car Crash In Naperville: Cops“:

The crash took place around 8:45 a.m., according to a news release. Police say the initial investigation indicates that the Hyundai was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Naper Boulevard when it collided with the Nissan, which was traveling southbound.

All vehicle occupants were taken to a local hospital. One of the people involved in the crash was declared dead after being taken to the hospital.

This Naperville fatal vehicle collision remains under investigation. Naperville Police are asking those who witnessed the accident to call Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 16 Naperville Sun article titled “Police investigating cause of fatal crash at Washington Street and Naper Boulevard.”

Crashes that involve one vehicle driving in the wrong direction typically lead to serious, if not life-threatening injuries to vehicle occupants. These collisions are often “head-on collisions” in which vehicle occupants are suddenly subject to very strong physical forces that are highly unnatural in nature. Such collisions are often unexpected and as such can be very difficult to avoid, especially if one vehicle suddenly crosses the center line.

The subject of “head-on collisions” and the injuries involved, as well as the recommendation to talk to a lawyer who handles DuPage County car accident injury lawsuits, is further discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.

Wheaton Pedestrian Safety Plan To Lower Residential Speed Limits

Improved Wheaton pedestrian safety is a stated goal of a recently approved plan to lower the speed limit on most residential streets.  The new speed limit will be 25 mph, compared to the current 30 mph speed limit.

Pedestrian safety continues to be a national concern, due to the ongoing high (from a historical perspective) level of pedestrian accidents.  As further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page, accidents in which people are hit by cars or other vehicles often cause serious accident injuries.  In some cases, these injuries lead to the death of the pedestrian.  As seen in the DuPage County pedestrian accidents that have been summarized on this site, a broad range of serious accident injuries can occur if a person is struck by a vehicle.  Among the most serious of these injuries is brain injuries.

An excerpt regarding the Wheaton pedestrian safety initiative, from the July 17, 2018 Kane County Chronicle article titled “Wheaton lowers speed limit for residential streets“:

City Council member Suzanne Fitch said the new speed limits are “just one component” to making streets safer for pedestrians.

“We also have our sidewalk program ensuring that we have a sidewalk on at least one side of a street so kids can get safely to and from school,” Fitch said. “And then I think another component is having the police department or communications department educate residents about the dangers of distracted driving. And maybe when we do our education campaign for the new speed limit, we can incorporate that as well.”

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Wheaton pedestrian safety initiative can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 17 Lisle Patch article titled “Wheaton Lowers Speed Limit In Neighborhoods.”  Both articles list which streets will remain at their current speed limits.

Naperville Three-Vehicle Collision Causes Injuries

There was a multi-vehicle crash in Naperville Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017.

The crash involved three vehicles, and occurred at 75 Street and Route 59 in Naperville.

Those injured in the crash included two people from one vehicle and one person from another vehicle.  Those people were taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 10, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Naperville crash sends 3 to hospital” as well as the January 11 Naperville Patch article titled “Three Sent to Hospital After Naperville Crash.”

Illinois Traffic Accident Fatalities Discussion

On December 17, 2016 the State Journal-Register published an article titled “Speeding ticket numbers down, fatalities up on Illinois roads.”  The article discusses trends in Illinois traffic fatalities, the number of speeding tickets being issued by the Illinois State Police (ISP), and what factors may be causing the increase in Illinois fatal traffic accidents.

An excerpt from the article:

Over the past five years, the number of Illinois State Police troopers on patrol and the number of speeding citations they’ve issued statewide have gone down significantly. Troopers issued 211,857 speeding tickets in 2010, and last year, 126,959 tickets were issued, a decline of 40 percent.

The article also discusses various factors that are leading to the increase in Illinois traffic fatalities, which have already surpassed 1000 for the year.

One of the factors mentioned is distracted driving.  An excerpt:

Matt Wells, associate director of the Midwest Trucking Association, 2727 Dirksen Parkway, said a lot of the commercial drivers he talks to still see people using their cellphones while driving.

“When we are talking to the drivers who are out on the road today, we are still seeing a lot of people operating their cars distracted,” Wells said. “They are either texting, perusing Facebook or not paying attention to the roadway via hand-held mobile devices or even watching videos in the driver’s seat on a tablet.”

Additional details can be seen in the sj-r.com article mentioned above.

Traffic Accident Fatalities Projected To Increase In Illinois

Traffic accident fatalities in Illinois are projected to pass 1,000 this year (2016), which will be the first time since 2008 that this level will have been surpassed.

An excerpt from the August 13, 2016 The State Journal-Register article titled “Illinois traffic fatalities on pace for eight-year high in 2016“:

As of Friday, 629 people had died in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Illinois this year, up 50 from the same period of 2015. The increase follows 998 fatalities in 2015, which was the highest number since 1,043 died in 2008. Despite the increase, fatalities remain well below pre-recession levels of more than 1,200 a year.

There are many potential reasons for this increase in those who die in Illinois traffic accidents.  The State Journal-Register article mentioned above cites a few factors, including higher speed limits on rural interstates, increased distractions, more miles being driven, and other factors.

The increase in traffic accident deaths has been increasing nationally, although those in Illinois are outpacing the national increases.  Another excerpt from the article:

The deadly toll reflects national trends, though Kolosh said fatalities in Illinois are rising faster, even as average miles driven have lagged. The council reported 38,300 deaths nationwide in 2015, up 8 percent from 2014 and the largest annual increase in 50 years.

The article also provides statistics regarding recent-era (from 2006) annual Illinois traffic fatalities, as well as results from a survey regarding driving habits.

Additional details regarding these fatal Illinois traffic accident trends can be seen in article mentioned above, as well as The Southern article of August 16 titled “Illinois traffic fatalities expected to reach 1,000 in 2016.”

DUI Enforcement Results In Carol Stream For 2015

On June 28, 2016 The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) of Schaumburg, Illinois published their 26th Annual DUI Arrest Survey. (pdf)

The survey covers DUI arrests for the year 2015. Nearly 700 Illinois police agencies were surveyed and 81% responded.

As seen in the AAIM statistics, among municipalities Carol Stream was tied for the highest number of DUI arrests, with 464 arrests in 2015.  This equates to a “DUI Arrest Rate” of 7.61 per officer, which is highest in the state for those municipalities featured.

An excerpt from the Press Release concerning the Carol Stream arrest record:

The highest DUI arrest rate in the state among departments making at least 200 arrests was Carol Stream, which had 7.61 arrests per sworn officer. Since 2007, Carol Stream has been one of the top three departments in DUI arrests per officer. This small department continues their significant impact in saving lives. The second highest rate of 5.25 was in Fairview Heights. Arrests per officer are an indicator of a department’s emphasis on DUI enforcement and are a measure that can be used to compare smaller departments.

The CBS Chicago segment (with video) of July 1, 2016, titled “Western Suburb Police Force Claims Title For Most DUI Busts In 2015” further discusses the driving under the influence enforcement efforts of Carol Stream.  Also mentioned is enforcement efforts to stop those driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana and heroin.

Additional details regarding these drunk driving enforcement efforts can be seen in the AAIM and CBS Chicago sources mentioned above.

Fatal Traffic Accidents During The 2016 July 4 Weekend

Traffic accidents during and around major holidays continues to be a major concern, due to many factors, including increased traffic and the likelihood of increased driving while intoxicated.

The Chicago Tribune, in a June 30, 2016 article titled “July 4 weekend traffic deaths seen jumping to highest since 2008” features a Bloomberg article that discusses why this July 4 weekend is expected to have a higher number of fatal traffic accidents than in recent years.

A couple of notable excerpts from the article include:

There will be 466 deaths from Friday evening through Monday, according to a projection from the National Safety Council. That’s an average of about 143 per 24 hours, compared with 107 in 2014 and an estimated 126 last year.

Car accidents have been climbing recently, reversing a years-long trend that had been credited to improved technology in cars and increased awareness of the risks of drunk driving. Another reason for the decline was that the economic slump that started in 2008 discouraged many people from traveling.


On average, July 4 was the deadliest day on the road from 2010 through 2014, followed by Jan. 1, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In Florida, Independence Day fatalities increased last year to 15 from 3, according to Sgt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the state’s highway patrol.

Additional details can be seen in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the sources mentioned within the article.

Car Accident Near Lombard Seriously Injures Man

There was an accident Friday morning (March 25, 2016) in which a man was injured during a crash on southbound I-355 near the border of Lombard and Glen Ellyn.

According to police, the accident happened as a 33-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Blazer lost control for a currently unspecified reason.  The vehicle then swerved to the right – thereby striking a vehicle in the far right lane – then swerved to the left and struck a concrete median.  Then the Blazer reentered traffic and struck a van in the far left lane.

At the time of the crash, the man driving the Blazer was not wearing a seatbelt, and was partially ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle.  He suffered what were described as “severe injuries” for which he was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment.

The three southbound lanes on I-355, from Army Trail Road to Roosevelt Road were closed for several hours, until nearly 10:00 a.m., as the crash investigation was conducted.

Additional information concerning this multi-vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 25, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Algonquin man seriously injured in I-355 crash near Lombard” as well as the March 25 mysurbanlife.com article titled “Algonquin man seriously injured in I-355 crash near Lombard.”

Car Crashes Into Naperville House

There was a DuPage County car accident early Friday morning (January 15, 2016) in Naperville.  The accident involved a car crashing through a window and into the living room of a house.

The accident happened at approximately 2:17 a.m.  The house is located at the intersection of University Drive and Vanderbilt Court.

The family in the house avoided injury during the crash.

The driver of the car, Nichole Anthony, 18, of Naperville, was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, for treatment of her accident injuries.

An excerpt from the January 16, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled “Naperville family OK after car bursts through living room window“:

In addition to DUI, police also charged Anthony with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident/driving too fast for conditions and illegal lane use. She is free on bond, and her preliminary court hearing date is pending.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Naperville Sun article mentioned above as well as the January 15 Naperville Patch article titled “Car Crashes into Naperville Home.”