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Pedestrian Accident Kills Illinois Man Near Mattoon

Interstate 57 has been the site of several deadly accidents recently. The highway that runs north-south from Chicago throughout the entire state took another life this weekend as a pedestrian was killed yesterday in a truck crash.

The Associated Press reported on the accident in central Illinois, near Mattoon. 31-year old Nicholas Cox was driving along the interstate when he pulled to the side of the road. For still unknown reasons he then attempted to walk across the highway. While attempting to traverse through the fast-moving cars on the highway, he was struck by a large semi tractor-trailer. The driver of the truck saw Cox as he was walking, but he was unable to stop the large vehicle in time.

Emergency personnel airlifted Cox to a nearby hospital following the crash, but the injuries were too severe. He was pronounced dead on Monday morning.

The collision of a pedestrian with a semi almost always has deadly consequences. That is particularly true when the large truck is traveling at high speeds on the highway. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have helped families for decades who have suffered following these devastating road accidents.

These truck crashes have many causes, often stemming from negligent driving. While behind the wheels of these mammoth machines, the drivers of the semis owe a duty to the drivers around them to exercise care and caution. Even simple deviations from that care often have deadly consequences for all unfortunate drivers and pedestrians caught up in the situation. When that is the case, it is important for those involved to contact a truck accident attorney who understands the legal aspects of these situations and can help steer victims through the process.