At Clark and Steinhorn, we regularly report on horrific car and truck crashes in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Because of the magnitude of injury caused by tractor trailer and eighteen wheeler crashes, we emphasize discussion of not only the crashes but also the governmental mechanisms in place to prevent or reduce such collisions. http://www.maryland-law.com/library/unsafe-at-any-speed-part-two-dangerous-bus-and-trucking-companies-in-maryland-and-elsewhere.cfm

Consequently, when a federal agency takes decisive action and shuts down a major Maryland based trucking company because it is an " Imminent Hazard to the Public" that is a big deal. Obviously the Baltimore Sun felt this was significant as well. See http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-gunthers-shutdown-20111116,0,2031752.story

Gunthers Transport LLC of Hanover, Maryland was the recipient of such an order emanating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/news-releases/2011/Maryland-Trucking-Company-Declared-Imminent-Hazard-to-Public.aspx

You may recall that one of their trucks was involved in a deadly crash in August of this year and the FMCSA notice recites a long list of safety transgressions that serve as the basis for the order. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the courts and also whether this is a new chapter in FMCSA actions calculated to reduce tractor trailer and commercial truck crashes.

For more on FMCSA go to: http://www.maryland-law.com/library/truck-crash-safety.cfm  and http://www.maryland-law.com/library/tractor-trailer-and-commercial-trucking-safety-resources.cfm
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