At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, our experienced Las Vegas, Nevada truck collision attorneys understand the dangers associated with the trucking industry, and the consistent oversight necessary to ensure public safety prevails on our roadways.
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, nearly 63% of all freight was moved by semi-trucks throughout the United States last year, accounting for almost $67 billion in goods. With the volume of freight moving across our U.S., safety must be monitored in several categories including hiring capable, licensed drivers and maintaining fleets to safely travel long distances.
Unfortunately, even with multiple agencies overseeing the drivers, trucking companies, maintenance crews, and manufacturers, violations continue to place other drivers in jeopardy.
None more so than Mamadou Diaby, who was ordered permanently out of service after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uncovered an alarming trend of safety violations that spanned multiple states.
Timeline of Disturbing Violations That Led to a Permanent Out of Service Order
Diaby is a former Commercial Driver’s License truck driver and sole owner of 4 U Logistics, Inc., based in Las Vegas.
The trouble for Diaby began in Spring 2018 after a first alcohol-related stop that led to a conviction from having one or more open alcoholic beverage containers inside the cab of a truck during its operation. The dangers did not end there.
December 1, 2019
The trucking company received an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating following a comprehensive investigation after safety violations were uncovered by multiple state law enforcement agencies, and was handed an out of service order by the FMSCA.
Dangerously, Diaby continued to operate the trucking company and the semi-truck after the out of service order was in place.
December 6, 2019
The Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped Diaby for a safety inspection while transporting goods through the state. Diaby was cited for records-of-duty status violations, including the violation of the initial FMCSA December 1, 2019 order to 4 U Logistics to cease all operations.
December 12, 2019
Kansas Highway Patrol Officers stopped Diaby for driving erratically while transporting goods through the state. During the stop, officers performed a field sobriety test where Diaby was determined to have an elevated blood alcohol level.
Upon further inspection of the semi-truck, open alcoholic beverage containers were found in a cooler located next to the truck driver’s seat.
Diaby was ordered permanently off the road on January 2, 2020 for alcohol violations and defying an out of service order put in place by the FMCSA on December 1, 2019.
How Often Is Driver Negligence a Factor in Nevada Truck Collisions?
Over 4,700 people are killed in truck crashes throughout the United States each year; in Nevada, nearly 10% of all fatal traffic collisions involve a large truck.
While speeding and driving under the influence impact truck crash statistics, they are not the only factors that contribute to serious crash injuries and deaths in Nevada. Distracted driving and lack of proper training also contribute to severe injuries and fatalities on our roadways, and when the truck’s operator or trucking company is complicit in these violations, people get hurt.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck collision, contact our Clark County personal injury lawyers today at (702) 505-8115 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injuries and the next steps in holding the negligent party responsible for your financial recovery.