Joseph Kassens Injured in Truck Accident on US-63 near Kirksville, MO
Kirksville, MO — June 12, 2022, 46-year-old Joseph Kassens was injured after being rear-ended by a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 63 near Kirksville.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. on northbound Highway 63, just north of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Kassens was northbound when he stopped behind a truck that started to turn left off the highway.
As Kassens' car was stopped in the road a Freightliner semi-truck approached from behind him. The truck driver, 65-year-old Roy Peterson, allegedly failed to control his speed and crashed into the back of the car. Both vehicles ran off the road after the collision.
Kassens reportedly received minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Joseph Kassens Accident near Kirksville
It's at least encouraging to see that injuries here were minor, though that's still no reason to take the situation lightly. I've seen cases where "minor" injuries turned out to be anything but, and it's important folks are as prepared as possible for any steps they need to take following a truck wreck.
Not long ago, for example, a man came to me about a crash where his truck was rear-ended by a big rig. Doctors told him to use a heating pad and take ibuprofen for his sore back, then sent him home. Shortly after that, however, that soreness became crippling pain.
Further tests showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "minor" injury ultimately required surgery and months of recovery, not to mention a challenging back-and-forth with the insurance company to get them to take responsibility.
I truly hope nothing like that happens here, but that man was able to get help because he took his situation seriously and reached out to us soon after the wreck. Those who wait too long may find they no longer have access to the tools and evidence needed to get help. As they say, "hope for the best but prepare for the worst." A truck accident is no exception.