Mary Ann Boatman Killed in Truck Accident on Rt 521 in Hope Township, NJ
Hope Township, NJ — August 4, 2022, 69-year-old Mary Ann Boatman died in a crash with a dump truck and a mail vehicle on Route 521 in Warren County.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. on Route 521 near mile marker .68 in Hope Township. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth dump truck was northbound on the roadway when it crossed left of center for unknown reasons. The truck then sideswiped a U.S. Mail truck headed south near Dogwood Drive. After that impact the dump truck kept traveling north until it crashed head-on with a Honda CR-V driven by Boatman.
Boatman was fatally injured in the wreck. The dump truck driver received minor injuries; the mail truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mary Ann Boatman Accident in Hope Township
If reports have their facts straight and the dump truck driver crossed over the center line, some may feel there's not much else to say. How could anyone dispute blame in a situation like that?
That may seem reasonable on paper, but I've often had to discourage the idea that any truck accident is really that open-and-shut. People who've never crashed with a commercial vehicle, lucky as they are, also don't realize the battles waiting for someone who does. Trucking companies are infamous for arguing against any liability after crashes and pointing fingers anywhere and everywhere except at their driver. Bad roads, sun glare, mysterious vehicle failures, and even the victims themselves often get blamed for the damage done, and whether the arguments are ridiculous or not they must be overcome with clear evidence and facts.
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