When most people hear about the prospect of radioactive trucks driving around in Mississippi, they may dismiss this as a conspiracy theory or an over-exaggeration. It’s certainly not something that can affect your life… right? In truth, trucks carrying radioactive waste might be more common than you think in Mississippi. The transport of radioactive materials by truck across the nation has been described by Rolling Stone as “America’s radioactive secret,” and for good reason.
Being injured by a truck accident in Mississippi is bad enough. But if the truck you collided with was also carrying radioactive material, your injuries could be much more severe and life-altering than usual. The potential consequences of a crash involving a radioactive truck are both obvious and frightening. If you have been involved in a crash with a truck carrying any kind of harmful cargo, you should get in touch with a qualified, experienced personal truck accident attorney in Mississippi as soon as possible.
Why Are Trucks Carrying Radioactive Materials in Mississippi?
There’s probably no good reason that trucks are hauling radioactive materials across Mississippi. However, the necessities of our industrialized world have normalized this practice. Brine wastewater from mining and other industrial projects is often radioactive, and it is transported by truck across the nation. In many cases, truck drivers aren’t even aware that what they’re carrying is radioactive.
In 2017, the US Department of Energy quietly announced that it was shipping tens of thousands of pounds of radioactive transuranic waste across Mississippi. The DOE assured residents of Mississippi that the tanks being used to transport the material were virtually indestructible, and the possibility of a spill during a crash was pretty much unthinkable.
Despite assurances from the authorities that this practice is completely safe, accidents do happen. In 2021, a truck carrying radioactive uranium hexafluoride crashed in North Carolina. Drivers were evacuated from their vehicles and transported away from the crash as quickly as possible. It was later reported that there had been no containment breach. Another 2021 crash in Maryland was suspected to have involved nuclear waste. There was a confirmed uranium spill after a truck crashed in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2016. And to make matters even more questionable, Mexican thieves seem to have a strange tendency to steal trucks that are carrying this radioactive material.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you’ve been searching the Mississippi area for a qualified, experienced truck accident attorney, look no further than Ballard Law, PLLC. We take into account all of the various factors that might have contributed to your damages, including the type of cargo that the truck was carrying at the time of your crash. Those who have been exposed to toxic or radioactive materials deserve to receive a settlement that accounts for these additional hazards. Reach out and book your consultation today.
Ballard Law, PLLC
108 S President St.
Jackson, MS 39201