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2nd pedestrian hit on dangerous stretch of road

New York State troopers have reported the second collision between a motorist and pedestrian in less than a week's time happening along the same stretch of the Thruway in the Albany, New York, area. The first accident occurred on Interstate 87 in Albany, between the 24th and 23rd exits, on the night of May 4. Troopers say that a 28-year-old man from Rome, New York, died there as he was struck by a truck while standing in the middle of the southbound lane of the interstate.

Fortunately, the victim survived the more recent accident which occurred May 9 on I-87's southbound lane near the town of Bethlehem, New York. Police say it was around 1:30 a.m. when a 26-year-old man was hit by a tractor-trailer on the Thruway between Exits 23 and 22. Miraculously, the man survived and was transported to Albany Medical Hospital Center. The man is in critical condition, although authorities have not yet released his identity. It remains unclear whether alcohol or drugs may have played a role in either of these accidents.

The family members and loved ones of these victims need to know that there are legal avenues available for them to recovery compensation for their damages if it is established that the causes of the motor vehicle accidents were preventable.

The survivors of the victim hit and killed by the truck may be entitled to seek compensation for the loss of companionship, or even for the lost wages that the man might have earned and contributed to his family over the course of his life.

The family members of the man who is now listed as being in critical condition may be entitled to recover the costs of his medical treatment in addition to the time he might have missed from work.

This is certainly a traumatic event for the family and friends of the victims involved in such terrible accidents. It may be easy to overlook setting up a consultation with an attorney during this emotional time.

However, the ability to interview witnesses and gather other information degrades a little with each day that transpires since the time of the accidents. It is important to act quickly now to ensure that potential evidence is collected and preserved as soon as possible.

Source: New Jersey Herald, "Pedestrian hit by truck on Thruway outside Albany" No author given, May. 09, 2014

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