• August 08, 2022

Mary Ann Boatman Killed, 1 Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Hope Township, NJ

Hope Township, NJ -- August 4, 2022, Mary Ann Boatman was killed and another person was hurt due to an accident involving semi-trucks.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:50 a.m. along County Route 521. It appears that 69-year-old Mary Ann Boatman was in a vehicle traveling northbound on CR 521. From oncoming lanes, a dump truck somehow crossed the center line and sideswiped a mail truck. The dump truck then hit Boatman's vehicle head-on.

Mary Ann Boatman Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Hope Township, NJ

As a result of the crash, Boatman sustained fatal injuries. The dump truck driver had reportedly minor injuries. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Mary Ann Boatman Semi-Truck Accident in Hope Township

These are incredibly concerning details, to say the least. Short of something highly unusual like a defective part or a sudden medical emergency, a truck crossing the center line is almost always a sign the truck driver made a mistake. Finding out why that mistake happened is where authorities tend to come up short. But why does that matter?

For one, the consequences need to fit the wrongs that led to the crash. Most reasonable folks would agree that a driver being on his phone is bad (obviously), but a driver who has a long history of reckless driving being allowed to continue driving means there's a company out there allowing reckless drivers to put the public at risk. The consequences should work not just to punish them but to ensure they clean up their act before more people get hurt. Is that going to happen with a slap on the wrist? Not likely.

Secondly, it's just as important to have evidence anticipating potential defenses from trucking and insurance companies as it is to have evidence simply of what occurred in the crash. It's one thing to know what happened; it's another thing entirely to prove what happened. Without the right evidence, there is far too much room for trucking companies to muddy the waters and employ all kinds of tactics to cheat victims and families out of the resolution they deserve.

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At the end of the day, I certainly can't say who or what caused this crash, clear as these reports may seem. I simply wish to emphasize to people the importance of ensuring the right people handle a deadly truck wreck like this as soon as possible. Getting a family the help and the closure they deserve means ensuring they have the tools to tell the victim's side of the story. In almost every one of the hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks I've resolved, hat requires a lot more than a simple police report.

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