Settlement Of $209,000 For Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

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.

Like many motorcyclists who are involved in motorcycle accidents, Cotto suffered many injuries during the collision. These injuries included those to the neck, back, and leg. His medical treatment included being taken to the hospital and being treated in the emergency room (ER), epidural injections, and chiropractic sessions.

Joan Eklund’s insurance company, Farmer’s Insurance, offered $100,000 at or near the time the lawsuit was filed.

There are many Illinois motorcycle accidents in which a motorcyclist collides with a car that attempts to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Given that these motorcycle accidents are nearly “head-on collisions,” such collisions are often highly physically traumatic to the motorcyclist. Many such motorcycle accidents lead to the death of the motorcyclist, either at the accident scene or shortly thereafter.

The Javier Cotto lawsuit settlement discussed above is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing an accident injury case to a successful conclusion. Over the last 25+ years, the firm has won many high settlements and jury trial awards. This success has involved settlements and court trial awards in a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Among the awards and accomplishments received by the Elman Joseph Law Group is that Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been named an “ Illinois Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, a distinction granted to no more than the Top 5% of lawyers. Furthermore, Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, received a lifetime achievement award by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter testifying to his very extensive court trial experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.