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Low-Speed Car Accidents – Potential Impact On Health

Many assume that low-speed car (or other vehicle) accidents are harmless to the health of those involved. However, there is a growing body of evidence that challenges this assumption.

This topic is especially relevant to those who have been involved in low-speed accidents as it may well determine whether or not compensation will be received for injuries incurred during these low-speed collisions.

Many of these low-speed injuries are commonly referred to as “whiplash.” While “whiplash” injuries can have many manifestations – some symptoms may not be immediately apparent – perhaps its most common cause is when a rear-end collision causes the neck and spine to stretch impulsively due to the sudden impact.

Many factors determine whether a “whiplash” injury is sustained, including – but not limited to – speed of the crash, angle of the collision, whether the impact was expected by the occupant, car seat design, seat headrest design, seat headrest height, car bumper design, relative sizes and weights of vehicles involved, etc.

Symptoms of “whiplash” can include neck, shoulder, and back pain; muscular strain; headaches; possible degeneration of the spine; possible disc herniations; tingling in the hands and/or fingers; and a range of other maladies.

As always, should you be involved in a low-speed auto collision, it is highly advisable to obtain the counsel of attorney.


Elman Law Group LLC concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving car accidents as well as other types of vehicle accidents (bike, bus, motorcycle, pedestrian, truck, etc.). This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a relative have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.

Teen Killed In Car Accident In Waukegan Illinois

Justin Ortega, a 16 year old from North Chicago, died in a car accident in Waukegan, Illinois early this morning.

An excerpt from the August 31 Chicago Tribune story titled “Teen dies in Waukegan Crash” :

Waukegan residents called police after they heard the impact of the single-vehicle crash at about 2:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Fulton Avenue, according to police.

Killed was Justin Ortega, of the 2400 block of Kennedy Drive in North Chicago, who police said was driving at a high rate of speed with a 17-year-old passenger when his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was split in half, authorities said.

According to a police news release, the passenger was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Woman Killed In Car Accident On I94 In Deerfield Illinois

Regina Medvedovskaya, 45, of Lake Bluff, was killed today after her car lost control on I94 (Illinois Interstate 94) near Deerfield Road and subsequently struck a barrier wall.

Medvedovskaya lost control of her vehicle for an unknown reason, and struck the rear tandem axle of a semi-trailer truck. The collision sent her vehicle across adjoining lanes of traffic and into a wall, according to Illinois State Police.

Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said Medvedovskaya was pronounced dead around 10:43 a.m. at Highland Park Hospital, about 20 minutes after the car accident.  Yancey said Medvedovskaya suffered multiple trauma.

The driver of the semi was unhurt.

Additional information can be found in the August 29 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Lake Bluff woman dies in crash.”

Charges Filed In August 6 I-88 Wrong-Way Head-On Collision In Lisle Illinois

On Saturday, August 6, two people were killed during a head-on accident on I-88.  This accident was the focus of a blog post on August 7 titled “2 Killed On I88 In Lisle Illinois During Wrong-Way Head-On Collision.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, charges have been filed against the man allegedly responsible for the accident.

An excerpt from the article dated August 22, titled “Naperville dentist charged in fatal I-88 crash.”

A Naperville dentist who allegedly killed two people after driving his Porsche the wrong way on I-88 earlier this month has been charged with reckless homicide, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office officials announced today.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a press release that William A. Howe, 43, faces two counts of reckless homicide following the deaths of Sher Ali Shalwani, 75 and Farzana Ali, 38, whose car he struck as he traveled westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-88 Aug. 6.

“On August 6, through no fault of their own, Sher Ali Shalwani, and Farzana Ali lost their lives in a terrible car crash,” Berlin said in the statement. “If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Howe is responsible for this senseless loss of life and will be held accountable.”


SUV Falls Into Large Sinkhole On Chicago’s Northwest Side

A man was driving to work this morning on Chicago’s Northwest Side when his SUV fell into a large sinkhole.  According to news accounts the sinkhole “opened” as the SUV drove over it.

The accident happened at the intersection of Foster and Elston Avenues at approximately 5:30 a.m., according to Chicago Police and the Chicago Department of Water Management.

A spokesman for the Department of Water Management, Tom LaPorte, said the 10 to 12 foot hole was believed to have formed after a water main broke, which subsequently washed away the foundation under the roadway.

The driver of the SUV was Bok Khim, 66.  His Acura MDX SUV was said to have nearly completely flipped over as it fell into the deep sinkhole.  A crane was used to retrieve the vehicle.  Khim was said to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

A construction worker passing by helped Khim out of the sinkhole by lowering a ladder into the hole.   Khim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital with neck pain and bruises, according to his nephew.

Additional details can be found in the August 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “SUV tumbles into sinkhole on Northwest Side.”