Randall Schanz of Latham Died In Colonie Car Accident With Pickup Truck On Southbound Ramp For Loudon Road
ALBANY COUNTY, NEW YORK (December 6, 2021) – A pedestrian identified as Randall Schanz has tragically died in a car accident along the southbound ramp of Loudon Road.
Colonie police officials are saying that the accident took place around 6:11 a.m. on November 21st. Randall Schanz was walking along the southbound ramp when he was hit by pickup truck.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. The road was closed for two hours as police continue their investigation.
Sadly, Randall Schanz died due to his injuries after the crash. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Colonie Pedestrian Accidents
Far too many pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in New York. According to one analysis by the New York Department of Health, “On average there were 312 deaths each year due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries, killing 1.6 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers 65 and older. The rate of deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries has remained fairly consistent with a high of 2.0 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001 and a low of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2007-2009 and 2014.” The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and due to driver error.
- Drivers may fail to reduce their speed to avoid pedestrians.
- Many pedestrian collisions happen during the early morning hours and late evening when pedestrians are less visible.
- A large portion of pedestrian collisions involve drivers that are intoxicated.
- Collisions are more likely at intersections and along roadways that are poorly lit.
Every driver has a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must use caution to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. They must also use their horn to alert others of their presence. When a driver goes past a yield sign without stopping and hits a pedestrian this may be considered prima facie evidence of their failure to yield.
Liability for a pedestrian accident could extend beyond the driver of a vehicle. For example, pickup trucks are often used as work vehicles. If the driver of a pickup truck was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. It is important to determine exactly what a truck driver was doing when a collision took place. There are a number of other factors that should be investigated.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian collision may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Sadly, though, insurance companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A New York pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Colonie Pedestrian Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Randall Schanz. Any person that may have more information about this collision should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that Albany County officials will consider measures to help make this stretch of road safer. Is there a history of accidents along this stretch of road? What was the driver of the pickup truck doing prior to the crash? Could this tragedy have been prevented? Far too often, drivers rush to get to their destination and jeopardize the lives of pedestrians in the process.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Colonie? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims get the support and information that they are owed. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.