Feds Shut Down Dangerous Maryland Trucking Company

By Peter DePaolis

Federal regulators have had enough with a Maryland-based trucking company and decided to take action. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Gunthers Transport, LLC, to cease operations due to its history of safety violations. In a report at fleetower.com, the FMCSA declared Gunthers an “imminent hazard” to the public.

Over the past two years, the FMSCA found Gunthers “seriously deficient” in the following areas:

  • Safe driving
  • Prevention of driver fatigue
  • Driver fitness
  • Vehicle maintenance

In addition, Maryland officials found that Gunthers’ trucks had defective brakes, worn tires, and a broken turn signal that led to a truck accident this past summer. In the FMSCA’s two-year inspection, Gunthers’ trucks failed inspections 58 percent of the time. The company’s drivers failed inspections 16 percent of the time in the same two-year period.

It gets even worse. The FMSCA uncovered evidence that Gunthers may have had knowledge of its drivers falsifying their logbooks. The company may have also allowed its drivers to go on the road without pre-trip inspections.

The federal agency told Gunthers that its trucks and drivers present a likelihood of serious injury or death to the public. The “imminent hazard” label is one of the harshest measures the FMSCA can take against a private business.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.