On Sunday, December 5th, a Sioux Center, Iowa man died while attempting to make a U-turn on U.S. 65 in Boone County.
The accident happened at 5:37am Sunday, when Dennis Visser, 68, attempted to make a U-turn on U.S. 65, near Rocky Top Lane north of Harrison. While attempting the U-turn, Vesser’s pickup was struck by an 18-wheeler driving behind him.
The tractor-trailer was unable to avoid the truck and struck Vesser’s driver-side. Vesser died of injuries at the scene. His two passengers, Troopers said two of the passengers, Harvey Dean Mulder, 60, and Verlyn Jay Mulder, 62, were transported to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.
Troopers described conditions at the time of the crash as cloudy and dry.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, tractor-trailer accidents accounted for about 11 percent of all fatal accidents in 2019. Because of the nature of these vehicles, any accident involving a semi, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer can be inherently more dangerous — and even deadly — for those involved.
Unfortunately, trucking companies are notorious for complicating the claims process when an accident occurs. This is because there can be multiple parties involved other than the truck driver, including their employer, the vehicle manufacturer, auto repair or maintenance shops, and more.
Determining the liable party for your injuries is extremely tricky. It’s important that you have someone on your side to help you navigate your claim and fight for fair compensation. If you or a loved one is injured in a tractor-trailer accident in Arkansas, you need a truck accident attorney to help you understand your legal rights and options following the incident.
Minton Law Firm is here to protect the rights of our clients and facilitate fair and reasonable settlements on behalf of trucking accident victims. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident or have lost a family member to one in the Little Rock area, call the Minton Law Firm at (501) 794-0001. You can also fill out an online form to set up a free consultation or follow the Minton Law Facebook page for more updates.