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Major roadways closed for short time after Albany truck accident

Many different factors may be involved in automobile accidents. Inclement weather can make roads slick, increase braking distances or reduce visibility. Drivers must take extra care when driving to avoid collisions, especially when operating larger vehicles such as commercial trucks.

Rainy weather may have led to a truck accident that shut down part of both the New York State Thruway and the Adirondack Northway earlier this week. A collision involving a dump truck and a van near the intersection displaced a concrete barrier and prompted closure of the eastbound Interstate 90 traffic lane.

State troopers reported that injuries occurred as a result of the crash, but did not provide details of the severity or type of injuries. The accident occurred between exits 23 and 24 in downtown Albany.

While conditions for driving were not ideal, it's a fact of life that trucks will always be on the roads trying to get their done. They need to be aware that even if they are in a hurry, many other drivers are not, and driving recklessly in bad weather could lead to more accidents.

Accidents involving trucking companies and professional truck operators can cause severe injuries and even the death of drivers or passengers in smaller vehicles. Those involved in such an accident should seek to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. Large trucking companies typically have insurance coverage that may help provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, private property damage and other unexpected costs resulting from an accident.

Source: Associated Press, "Thruway, Northway outside Albany open after wreck," Oct. 19, 2012

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