Attorneys Helping Victims of Crashes involving Cars, Trucks, Bicycles, Motorcycles and Buses in Cook County, DuPage County and all of Illinois
Most of us are aware that driving presents an occupational hazard, but that doesn't mean we should be held responsible when the negligent behavior of another results in injury or death. Many people believe insurance alone should cover events such as these, but the truth is that many policies can scarcely scratch the surface when it comes to truly devastating and persistent medical expenses. In cases such as these, you want to work with attorneys who understand the many nuances of Illinois motor vehicle liability, especially if the details of that accident are being contested.
Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident Experts
Cavanagh Law Group has long been at the forefront of Illinois and nationwide efforts to ensure better motorist protection, and today we boast a sterling record of success in this corner of the law. From trucking accidents to motorcycle accidents, bus accidents and auto collisions, we offer nothing less than a comprehensive approach to investigation, preparation and litigation. The result is a truly exceptional approach that has netted our clients over $350 million in the last decade, including some of the largest settlements in Illinois history. If you have found yourself struggling to maintain your quality of life after a catastrophic collision, we urge you to make contact with us or review the details of your case.
Some of our representative motor vehicle accident cases include:
- Velarde v. Illinois Central Railroad Co., et. al.
Resulted in a total verdict of: $55,715,406.65 and a $21,310,406.65 verdict for Passengers — On February 8, 2002, after a two-week trial, Timothy J. Cavanagh received a record verdict in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of his clients, Fidel and Francisca Velarde. They were awarded a total of $21,310,406.65 for injuries suffered in a January 9, 2001 car/train collision. Fidel, age 73, and Francisca, age 73, were passengers of an SUV struck by an 8 million pound train at 50 miles per hour. The crossing gates and lights were not working and the dispatcher erroneously told the train crew that the crossing was protected. The plaintiffs suffered traumatic brain injuries in the collision. The total award to the Velardes and their daughter, who was the driver of the car, totaled over $55 million - a state record in Illinois for a railroad crossing collision case. The trial of the lawsuit was expedited at the request of plaintiffs' counsel due to the Velardes' age.
- Czapski v. Maher
Resulted in a verdict of: $13,720,007.98 — On April 20, 2009, the firm obtained a $13.7 million verdict on behalf of the estate of Roger Czapski against Christopher Maher arising from a deadly automobile crash. After a two week trial and three hours of deliberation, the jury returned the verdict finding Maher was 98 percent responsible for the wrongful death of Czapski.
On August 4, 2004, Czapski, age 22, was a salesman for Motor Werks of Barrington, Inc. That afternoon, Maher, a 20-year-old from Inverness, Illinois, took a BMW 530i on a test drive. Czapski was riding as the front seat passenger and two of Maher's friends were seated in the back seat. The BMW violently collided with a left-turning vehicle at the intersection of Algonquin Road and Willow Creek Church Drive. The BMW then ricocheted into a light post and exploded on impact. Czapski was pronounced dead at the scene.
At trial, witnesses to the collision, including the two back seat passengers in the BMW, testified that the BMW was traveling at 95 mph at the time of impact. The posted speed limit on Algonquin Road is 45 mph.
- Ajmeri v. Illinois Central Railroad Co., et al.
Resulted in a settlement of: $9,100,000 — On September 21, 2000, Hanifa Ajmeri of Carol Stream settled her personal injury case for $9.1 million. Hanifa Ajmeri was severely injured in March 1998 after the car she was riding in collided with a train in DuPage County. Ms. Ajmeri was left with nerve and mild brain damage.
The case stemmed from an accident in Bloomingdale, Illinois, when a car that carried Ajmeri was hit by a train owned by the Illinois Central Railroad Co. At the time of the accident, the train was operated by Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Co.
According to her attorney, Timothy J. Cavanagh, railroad crossing lights were not visible at the time of the accident due to blizzard-like weather conditions, and the crossing gate for the southbound traffic had been knocked down.
The settlement was reached while counsel was selecting a jury. The trial was slated to begin that same afternoon.
- Police Officer v. Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency
Resulted in a verdict of: $5,758,495 — A 28-year-old female Mundelein police officer was pinned between a limousine and her squad car when a limousine driver rear-ended plaintiff's squad car. The plaintiff suffered a near traumatic amputation of her right leg above the knee, multiple fractures of her left leg and the loss of her unborn fetus weeks later. The award is the highest reported uninsured motorist award in Illinois history.
- Barnes v. Berry Electric Contracting Company, Inc., et al.,
Resulted in a settlement of: $4,100,000 — A 70-year-old grandmother was driving to the store when her vehicle was broadsided by a truck driven by an employee of Dennis Svec, an employee of Berry Electric. Svec was lost and looking at his Blackberry device when his vehicle entered the intersection. Witnesses testified that Svec ran the red light, although one witness disagreed. Mrs. Barnes suffered multiple traumatic injuries including a C4-5 distraction injury and dura tears requiring anterior and posterior fusion surgeries, multiple pelvic fractures requiring external fixation surgery, punctured heart, rib fractures, closed head injury and cranial nerve palsy. The case settled immediately before opening statements one year to the day after the crash. The case was advanced to trial after Mr. Cavanagh took over 30 depositions in 12 months.
- Egbert v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, et al.
Settlement: $1,900,000 — On October 8, 2012, Cavanagh Law Group partners Tim Cavanagh and Matt Rundio obtained a $1.9 million settlement for a 38-year-old man injured in a car crash in Romeoville, Illinois. On November 5, 2006, Bill Egbert was on his motorcycle stopped at a red light when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Fr. Raymond Garbin. The impact threw Bill onto the hood of Garbin's car and his motorcycle was catapulted down the road. The car's windshield was shattered by Bill's motorcycle helmet and Bill sustained multiple injuries, including a closed head injury. The matter was on trial at the time of the settlement in the Circuit Court of Will County.
- Cottrell v. State Farm Automobile Insurance Company
Resulted in a settlement of: $1,200,000 — A 17-year-old high school honor student killed in one-vehicle crash in McHenry County, Illinois. The case settled for the full amount of the insurance policies available on the vehicle after State Farm Automobile Insurance Company was sued for spoliation of evidence.
- McGill v. G.G. Connections, Inc..,
Resulted in a total verdict of $1,000,000 — Mother and son were killed in a two-vehicle collision when a truck driver ran a red light. The case settled for the full limits of the trucking companies' insurance policy.
Experienced Auto Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been in a car or motor vehicle accident and want to begin the process of recovering your losses, please call Cavanagh Law Group at 312-425-1900 today. We work on a contingency basis, so you don't have to worry about any fees unless you win. We look forward to earning you a settlement that can help mitigate the pain you have experienced.
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