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Your Chicago Attorneys for Injuries from a
Car, Truck or Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Your life and the lives of your loved ones can change in an instant because of a distracted or negligent driver. It happens to thousands of us every year. Kaveny + Kroll has experience in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents involving bicycles, cars, trucks and big rigs. If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s driving, please call the attorneys at Kaveny + Kroll today for a free confidential consultation at 312-761-KKTL (5585).

Whatever form of transportation you use to commute or recreate, the risk of life altering accidents can occur. Kaveny + Kroll cautions drivers of any kind of motorized or non-motorized vehicle, to do so carefully.

Vehicle Deaths Estimated at 40,000 for Third Straight Year

For the first time since the Great Recession, the U.S. has experienced three straight years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths, according to estimates released by the National Safety Council. In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes.

245
Total traffic fatalities in Chicago 2018

In particular, the number of people in cars who died in Chicago crashes spiked dramatically over the past 3 years — a 27 percent increase. This was well above the average number of Chicago motorist fatalities from 2011 to 2015 of 65.8 deaths, based on official crash data from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Source: National Safety Council

If an accident occurs, we are experts in working with you to help get justice and financial compensation, regardless of your ‘ride’.
Automobile

We take driving a car or driving in a car as commonplace today. Unfortunately, equally as commonplace are the numbers of accidents that occur on our roads that can debilitate or destroy the lives of our loved ones, or ourselves. In an instant, a distracted, negligent or impaired driver can change lives forever.

Bicycle

Despite dedicated bike lanes, getting around Chicago on a bicycle can be treacherous. In a collision with an automobile, the odds are stacked against a bicycle, and its rider. Kaveny + Kroll can even those odds in the event an accident occurs.

Boat

Sunshine, water and a boat…what could go wrong? A great deal, particularly if those driving are not doing so in a conscientious manner.

Ride Share

Uber and Lyft are as part of our lexicon today as Taxi and Bus once were. But, do you know that Ride Shares are often under insured? They are also not immune to the dangers of the road, but also can pose additional safety threats to riders.

Truck

Semi-Trucks rule the road on our streets and highways. We hope that they are operated by drivers who follow the rules of the road, but this is not always the case.

Scooter

One of the newest additions to our streets and byways, scooters have taken Chicago and the rest of the nation by storm. Too often, riders are not aware of important issues to safely operate a scooter. Drivers of larger vehicles are not as accustomed to looking out for scooters and the mere increase of a new motorized means of transportation can pose potential dangers.

CASE STUDIES

Click through the tabs below to learn about a few of our cases involving CAR, TRUCK OR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT.

2012 | $4,400,000 Verdict

An accident on 1-57 in Chicago left a 34-year old man with significant brain damage requiring 24-hour supervision.

2011 | $3,065,000 Verdict

A River Forest police officer suffered a fractured left ankle and left knee in a serious auto accident when his vehicle was struck by another car.

2008

A 43-year-old LaGrange Park man was killed when a drunk driver crossed the centerline on Route 83 near Bluff Road in DuPage County. He is survived by a wife and two adult children.

2008 | $2,800,000 Verdict

A 22-year old college student from Yorkville was killed when she was rear-ended by a Jewel Foods truck in Kendall County, Illinois.

2007 | C. v Hooks | Cook County | $1,250,000 Verdict

2000 | Karen M. v HydroChem | Grundy County | $1,000,000 Settlement

Charles (85) was hit head-on by a HydroChem Industrial Services truck which crossed the center line of IL Route 47 in Morris after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Karen sustained a fractured hip (open reduction with compression lag screw and plate fixation), broken rib, pulmonary contusion, and a hernia ($57,088 medical expense). Complaint sought punitive damages because the driver had been required to work 27 hours at his supervisor’s direction before driving back to HydroChem’s headquarters. Paid by Zurich American.

2000 | Frank F. | Mary K. Dominick | Cook County | $409,975 Verdict

Frank F., a mentally handicapped 19-year-old, was walking north across Archer Ave. at Kilpatrick. Defendant waitress was driving westbound on Archer. As plaintiff crossed into westbound traffic, which was stopped leaving the intersection clear for crossing, deft drove her vehicle into the parking lane at high speed in an attempt to get around the stopped traffic, where she struck the plaintiff. Two witnesses testified that defendant was driving in the parking lane and traveling at or above the speed limit. Plaintiff male 19 sustained comminuted tibia and fibula fractures in both legs requiring open reduction and intramedullary nailing, plus a broken nose and a chipped tooth ($46,633 medical bills). Defense contended that plaintiff failed to keep proper lookout and that he should have crossed Archer at the Cicero Ave. intersection, which had traffic controls and marked crosswalks. Plaintiff counsel notes that a policy demand was made at onset of case, which was never responded to until defense offered $20,000 several months before trial, which plaintiff rejected. At trial, plaintiff’s demand was $150,000, which was withdrawn when jury went out to deliberate. NOTE: For a summary of subsequent appellate action regarding this case, see the Jury Verdict Reporter’s Appellate Review of Damages at 4 ARD 54.

1999 | $2,583,000 Verdict

Two women were involved in a catastrophic hit and run car accident on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. One woman was killed, and the other suffered personal injuries and post-traumatic stress as a result of witnessing her best friend’s death.

1998 | $5,250,000 Verdict

A Lake County woman traveling eastbound on the Kennedy Expressway from O’Hare International Airport was injured when a Yellow Cab taxi driver drove his cab across three lanes of traffic in an attempt to reach an exit. The woman suffered serious personal injuries involving a brain injury and had difficulty walking. At the time, the settlement was the largest with a cab company in the state of Illinois.

1996 | $2,450,000 Verdict

An unemployed Wauconda woman was struck by a car crossing the centerline. The impact fractured her leg. A Lake County jury awarded $2.45 million dollars, mostly for physical pain and mental suffering. The jury also found a Lake Barrington truck driver partially liable for causing, although not directly involved in, the head-on collision.

1993 | $2,005,000 Verdict

This Chicago car accident involved a single mom was struck and killed by a taxicab at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Green Street in the City of Chicago.

2019 | Jack S. v Marilyn Kwan | Cook County

Kaveny + Kroll settled a case involving a minor age bicyclist who was hit by a car traveling at a high rate of speed. The minor was in the crosswalk at the time of the incident. Upon impact, our client was thrown from his bicycle and suffered devastating injuries to his spine and ankle, requiring several surgeries. The driver was ticketed at the scene for failure to yield the right-of-way to our client, whom she claims to never have seen before the collision.

Kaveny + Kroll was honored to have represented this young man. He has valiantly worked to recover from his injuries and move forward from this unfortunate event. As our client prepares to attend college in the fall, we wish him continued success in his recovery and are grateful for the opportunity to have helped him obtain justice.

2014 | Cook County | $2,065,000 Verdict

A 20-year-old woman was riding her bicycle, when she was hit by a pizza delivery driver while crossing the intersection of Carlisle Avenue and Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, IL. The defendant was working for NRJM Inc., a company that owned several Domino’s Pizza franchises. The woman suffered serious life-changing injuries including breaking her pelvis in four places. The woman continues to experience pain and disability while performing her daily living activities.

2014 | Pope County | $1,200,000 Verdict

A 13-year-old boy was riding his bicycle on Rosalie Street in the southern Illinois town of Golconda. He turned right onto Adams Street when he was struck by an ambulance proceeding in the opposite direction. The boy was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries from the collision. Plaintiff alleged the ambulance driver, employed by Mercy Regional, was driving too fast and crossed the centerline when he struck and killed the teen. Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant should have slowed down because there was a slow children sign and the driver had seen another boy riding in the area. This was the largest reported verdict in Pope County, IL.

2019 | Virginia M. v A&B Hardwood Flooring Supplies, Inc. | Cook County | $7,000,000 Verdict

A Cook County jury deliberated for less than two hours and came to a verdict of $5.25 million dollars for the family of a 25 year-old woman who was struck and killed by the driver of a truck delivering flooring supplies. The woman was an experienced cyclist who was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. The truck driver failed to keep a proper lookout when making a right-hand turn at the intersection of Sacramento and Belmont Avenues. Even with the entire crash being captured on video, the cyclist’s conduct was called into question.

The plaintiff picked up her bike at Pierce and Damen Avenues and successfully road it to the corner of Sacramento and Belmont. The straight “A” student at St. Ignatius High School and University of Illinois graduate was also a safe cyclist, using her own helmet while operating the shared bicycle. The attorneys contended she was visible the entire time she was alongside the truck. The incident went bad quickly when the truck made a right-hand turn and ran her over. She is survived by her mother, father and brother.

This all comes at a time when the City of Chicago is encouraging cycling as an alternative form of transportation. According to a major newspaper, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put one of his last signatures on a deal with Lyft to increase shared bikes to 16,500 docked at 800 stations by 2021.

In one of the firms recent Instagram posts Jeff announces: “We all have to become better at sharing the roadways – pedestrians, motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and truck drivers. With today’s infrastructure we need to better respect our fellow travelers,” explains Jeff Kroll, lead trial lawyer and Principal at Kaveny + Kroll. “When you have an 8-ton truck and a Divvy bicycle on the same roadway, in the same intersection, it’s a recipe for disaster. Drivers have to be more conscientious of cyclists and pedestrians.”

This is the first significant jury trial in just over one month of Kaveny + Kroll’s formation. The firm has committed to its clients – those existing clients that followed them to Kaveny + Kroll and the new clients they are accepting – that their cases would be treated as importantly as they are, and that justice would be achieved as expeditiously as possible.

“Jeff’s greatest strength is the bond he forges with his clients. It allows them to tell their story in a compelling and authentic way. Jeff’s talent in this regard played out beautifully in this trial and is the chief reason for this tremendous success” remarked Elizabeth Kaveny, Managing Partner for Kaveny + Kroll.

Remarked the Mother of the deceased bicyclist, “It did not take me long to trust Jeff and know that he was the right trial lawyer for our case. He understood my sadness, he understood my anger, he understood that I lost my daughter. I really did NOT want to relive this moment over and over. His empathy is what helped me get through this. He helped me protect my family and vindicate the actions of my daughter Ginny.”

2019 | Avishai B. v Maura McGuire

Kaveny + Kroll settled a case in which an inattentive driver struck our client while he was riding his motorcycle in Orland Hills, Illinois. As our client was crossing an intersection at the 8900 block of 159th Street, the driver of the car turned left directly into our client, striking and throwing him from his motorcycle. It was the duty of the driver of the car to yield to our client, who had the right of way.

The driver’s negligence resulted in life-altering injuries to our client and the total destruction of his motorcycle. As a result of the impact, our client’s leg was severed and ultimately had to be amputated. As a further consequence of the incident, our client was unable to return to his job as a firefighter. Kaveny + Kroll was pleased to represent this man and provide him with some measure of justice and compensation given his immeasurable loss.

2009 | Cook County | $1,450,000 Verdict

A Downers Grove motorcyclist in a Chicago accident during a “Toys for Tots” fundraiser was struck by a motor vehicle and killed while riding in the parade along Western Avenue.

2018 | DuPage County | $2,250,000 Verdict

A 35-year old male suffered serious injuries including broken ribs, a torn knee ligament, a head injury, and permanent traumatic brain injury after a car crashed into his motorcycle attempting to turn left onto Maple Street in the City of Elmhurst.

2000 | Frank F. v Mary K. Dominick | Cook County | $409,975 Verdict

Frank F., a mentally handicapped 19-year-old, was walking north across Archer Ave. at Kilpatrick. Defendant waitress was driving westbound on Archer. As plaintiff crossed into westbound traffic, which was stopped leaving the intersection clear for crossing, defendant drove her vehicle into the parking lane at high speed in an attempt to get around the stopped traffic, where she struck the plaintiff. Two witnesses testified that deft was driving in the parking lane and traveling at or above the speed limit. Plaintiff male 19 sustained comminuted tibia and fibula fractures in both legs requiring open reduction and intramedullary nailing, plus a broken nose and a chipped tooth ($46,633 medical bills). Defense contended that plaintiff failed to keep proper lookout and that he should have crossed Archer at the Cicero Ave. intersection, which had traffic controls and marked crosswalks. Plaintiff counsel notes that a policy demand was made at onset of case, which was never responded to until defense offered $20,000 several months before trial, which plaintiff rejected. At trial, plaintiff’s demand was $150,000, which was withdrawn when jury went out to deliberate. NOTE: For a summary of subsequent appellate action regarding this case, see the Jury Verdict Reporter’s Appellate Review of Damages at 4 ARD 54.

1998 | Cook County | $1,000,000 Verdict

A non-English speaking Hispanic pedestrian crossing within the crosswalk is struck by a truck thereby causing a closed head brain injury.

2014 | B. v. Velasquez and DND International | Cook County | $10,500,000 Settlement

Defendant Renato Velasquez allegedly drove his truck into the vehicle of plaintiff male (37), an Illinois State trooper, which was stopped behind an Illinois Tollway help truck, and deft Agron Xhelaj’s disabled truck. Plaintiff suffered full thickness burns to approximately 15% of his body, primarily his left arm, torso, buttocks, and leg–plus other trauma ($1,233,180 medical expense).

2010 | Timothy + Marian C. | Howard M. Niechciol-Hooks | Cook County $1,415,519 | Verdict

Plaintiff was driving from O’Hare Airport to Indiana to care for his ailing father and was stopped in traffic on southbound Interstate 294 in Thornton Township when deft male 49, traveling too fast for conditions, slammed into the back of his car. The impact pushed plaintiff’s vehicle under the semi-trailer truck in front of him. Plaintiff male 55 analyst for Cisco Systems sustained a closed head injury, concussion, post-concussion syndrome, neck and back injuries, and a right thumb injury requiring surgery and eventual joint replacement with extensive physical therapy ($45,519 medical bills). The defense admitted liability two weeks prior to trial but contested the extent of plaintiff’s injuries and suggested the jury award $45,519. Plaintiff’s counsel reports deft made no settlement offer until the day of jury selection. The case settled post-trial for deft’s $1,250,000 policy limits.

1999 | Michael + Rebecca Z. v Church Landscaping | Cook County | $5,800,000 Settlement

D.R. Church Landscaping truck was eastbound on Route 64 near St. Charles IL when a car driven by Michael Knowles stopped to make a left-turn. The truck driver had been checking his gauges and, when he looked up, tried unsuccessfully to stop. He lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic, striking Michael‘s ComEd van head on. Zimmerman (male 49) sustained multiple injuries: severe chest trauma (flail chest, right pulmonary contusion and hemothorax, left pneumothorax, and respiratory failure requiring 3 weeks on a ventilator) and other internal injuries (lacerated liver and spleen requiring cauterization and a splenectomy); various fractures (left forearm requiring internal fixation, open mandibular fracture, ribs, pelvis, right tibiofibular ankle fracture requiring open reduction with internal fixation); peroneal nerve injury. Zimmerman now has a pronounced limp due to muscle contractures relating to the broken ankle, which has restricted him to office work. His wife Rebecca seeks compensation for loss of consortium.

We are on your side and have experience in all types of motor vehicle injuries.

Please call us today with your questions at
312-761-KKTL (5585).

Kaveny + Kroll is a leading boutique personal injury law firm in Chicago. Established in 2019 by award-winning attorneys Elizabeth A. Kaveny and Jeffrey J. Kroll. Their firm is driven by their commitment to justice and the need to fight for victim’s rights and financial recovery. We believe a valued law firm should take your case personally … because it is.

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