It’s certainly sad when someone causes an auto accident and loses his or her life. It’s even sadder when a person dies after being struck by another vehicle on the roadways. But what’s even worse is a motorist dying because another vehicle swerved to avoid a different collision. That was how a teenaged girl perished in multiple car accident earlier this month on a snowy afternoon on Interstate 94 in Lake County. A six-car pileup took place just before 1pm on January 5 in the northbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway about a mile past East Townline Road. According to Illinois State Police, one vehicle crashed into two others, and a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the trio of vehicles. In the process, the 18-wheeler struck the 2004 Jeep Liberty being driven by a 19-year old Antioch woman. The Jeep was then pushed into a Ford pickup truck that was stopped on the left shoulder of the tollway. As a result, the teen was pinned inside her vehicle, and she eventually succumbed to her injuries at a Libertyville hospital last Friday. Another heartbreaking aspect to this tragedy is that it’s not clear exactly who is responsible for the multiple car accident that killed the woman. Most likely, the truck driver (and, by extension, the driver’s employer) will bear some liability. But the driver who caused the entire chain reaction wreck might also share some of the blame for her death. The ultimate determination of responsibility in the accident will have an impact on who might be named as defendants in any subsequent wrongful death lawsuit filed by the teen’s family. Whomever is held liable for the collision may be ordered to reimburse the victim’s family for medical expenses, which are probably steep given that the teen spent over a week in the hospital. Also, the plaintiffs may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship, as well as compensation for lost future wages which would have been earned by the college student after she graduated.