When people are involved in a fender bender, a lot of thoughts go through their minds. They want to check on the auto damage, see if anyone is injured, exchange insurance information, and rearrange their schedules because of the unexpected delay. But one thing they should never forget – but often do – is that they could be in danger of becoming victimized in another auto accident. Tragically, this phenomenon was illustrated in on I-57 in Coles County over the weekend. On Saturday morning around 5:45am, a Toyota Camry sideswiped a musician’s tour bus on the southbound side of I-57 near the interchange with Route 16 just east of Mattoon. The car wound up on the guardrail but blocking both the left lane and the left shoulder of the interstate. A 48-year old man who was a passenger in the Camry stepped out of the vehicle to inspect the damage. About 20 minutes after the crash, a Chevy Suburban tried to pass the accident scene on the right shoulder. But another car struck the Suburban and then slammed into the side of the disabled Camry, propelling it into the man. He later died from his injuries. From the news article, it’s not quite clear who was at fault in the fatal accident. If the 40-year old Suburban driver made an illegal and/or unexpected maneuver which caused the wreck, then she could be held partially or fully responsible for the wrongful death of the 48-year old man. But if not, the 50-year old woman driving the car which struck the disabled Camry (who was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident) will likely be the one who is completely at fault and could be in jeopardy of a lawsuit. That determination will affect who could be named as a defendant in a future wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim’s surviving family members.