This blog has frequently highlighted tractor-trailer accidents in Illinois. During these discussions, it has been reiterated that is the responsibility of truck drivers to take numerous precautions in order to avoid becoming involved in motor vehicle collisions. However, there is a limit to what truckers can do to prevent a crash. A tragic wreck in Logan County raises the question about the limits of trucking accident avoidance responsibility. On Tuesday night shortly after 11:15pm, a tractor-trailer was traveling south on I-55 just southwest of Lincoln when it slammed into a Hyundai car in the right lane around mile marker 124. The tractor-trailer ran over the car before pushing it across traffic and through the center guardrail. The truck then continued down a steep embankment and into a creek bed that sits underneath I-55. The Illinois State Police says that the Hyundai was stopped in a lane of traffic with its lights off for no discernible reason. Its driver, a 23-year old Chicago woman, was ejected from the vehicle. The 67-year old Kansas truck driver was also ejected from his cab. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. It’s difficult to determine which driver was at fault in this horrific tractor-trailer accident. Usually, when a tractor-trailer rear-ends a car, the driver of the tractor-trailer is held responsible for the accident and any resulting injuries or deaths. But since the Hyundai was stopped in a lane of the interstate at night with no lights, it can be argued that the tractor-trailer driver shouldn’t have been expected to be able to avoid a collision – which would imply that the Chicago woman is to blame for the Kansas man’s death. The outcome of the ISP investigation will have a direct impact on which victim’s family is entitled to damages in any future wrongful death lawsuits that may be filed.