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I-40 Accident Information on Injuries and Fatalities

i-40-semi-truck-accident-attorneys Were you injured, or did you lose a loved one in a big truck accident on Interstate 40? At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, the personal injury attorneys represent crash victims who were harmed while driving the nation's highways.

Call our legal team at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation today and tell us what happened. We use the law to hold those responsible for causing the crash legally and financially accountable for negligence.

Interstate 40 (I-40) is the third-largest freeway in the American Interstate Highway System, running west to east through the south-central United States. The highway begins at Interstate 15 in Barstow, California, and ends and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The busy interstate winds through some of the nation's largest metropolitan cities, including Barstow, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

The freeway is located north of I-10, I-20, & I-30 and south of I-70 and overlays portions of historic US 66. The highway's longest segment is in Tennessee, and the shortest is in California.

Heavily Congested Traffic on Interstate 40

The interstate's central location across the United States makes it a well-traveled route for loaded commercial truck transportation hauling materials, goods, gasoline, and liquids from coast to coast.

Many fully loaded semi-tractor-trailers traveling on Interstate 40 weigh 80,000 pounds, making it a significant safety hazard to smaller passenger vehicles and SUVs, especially in congested traffic and metropolitan areas.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4951 fatal commercial truck accidents occurred in the United States in 2018. However, this number was only slightly higher than the previous year, with 4905 fatal crashes.

Truck Accidents on Interstate 40

Professional truckers receive specialized training and must follow transport regulations to ensure road safety. However, accidents involving semi-trucks happen every day.

Even a simple collision involving a smaller passenger vehicle can be catastrophic, leading to a severe injury or death. At best, a devastating crash involving a heavily loaded commercial semi causes extensive property damage, life-altering injury, and years of mounting medical bills.

Because of that, many victims will file personal injury lawsuits against the trucker, trucking company, and others at fault for causing the collision to ensure they receive financial compensation for their damages.

Many surviving family members who lost a loved one in a trucking accident can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for all damages, including funeral & burial costs. Usually, qualified family members that can file a civil suit include the decedent's spouse, sibling, child, parent, or grandparent.

Nearly since the freeway's inception, it has been one of the busiest interstates in the nation, where millions of passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, and tankers travel east and west across America.

The heavily congested traffic and adverse road conditions through the western desert and the snowy Great Balsam Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Sauratown Mountains in the east contribute to the freeway's dangerous driving environment.

Below is just a tiny sampling of the fatal accidents that occurred on Interstate-40 in early 2021.

Crash Happened on I-40 Near Flagstaff Arizona

Coconino County, Arizona, September 2020 – Local law enforcement reported a semi-tractor trailer crash on I-40 in the westbound lane between Flagstaff and Belmont. The early morning collision occurred at approximately 3:20 AM when the trucker slid down a 60-foot embankment.

Upon arrival, the Ponderosa Fire Department found the semi-tractor-trailer wedged between pine trees. With the assistance of the Camp Navajo Fire Department, the fire crews extracted two occupants from the semi with severe injuries and transported them to Flagstaff Medical Center. The collision remains under investigation.

Two Semi-Trucks Crush a Chevy Van on Interstate 40

Williams, Arizona – A Williams, AZ man driving a Chevy Van suffered fatal injuries after being crushed between two semi-tractor-trailers while traveling in the eastbound lanes on I-40.

The residual smoke from a prescribed burn during the day at the Kaibab National Forest settled across I-40 overnight. Cooler temperatures in the area created an inversion, preventing smoke from dissipating, significantly reducing visibility.

The inversion of residual smoke also caused five other severe accidents between Williams and Flagstaff across 35 miles of I-40. As a result, law enforcement closed the freeway for five hours, forcing truckers and other motorists to reroute on an 80-mile detour.

Fiery Truck Crash Killed Man on Interstate 40 in Arkansas

Ozark, Arkansas, December 2020 – A 59-year-old Russellville man died after a passenger car pulled in front of his 2018 International Harvester semi-tractor trailer just before 10:00 AM, causing him to swerve his fully-loaded vehicle out of the way to avoid a collision and into the ditch.

Witnesses report that the crash happened when a passenger vehicle entered the highway at mile marker 35, pulling in front of the semi-tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer driver to swerve out of the way and leave the roadway. The collision ignited the vehicle, causing road closures for hours during an investigation and crew cleanup.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Report I-40 Tractor-Trailer Accident

Putnam County, Tennessee, May 2021 – Tennessee Highway Patrol reported a Monday morning collision on I-40 near Silver Point, Tennessee, killing one person on an overpass. A semi-tractor trailer traveled off the highway, striking an overpass, causing the death of the 52-year-old tractor-trailer driver on the freeway's eastbound lane.

Early reports indicate that the trucker drove off the freeway's right side near the Highway 56 exit, crashing into the overpass. The 3:00 PM head-on collision caused the 18-Wheeler to catch fire. Law enforcement shut the highway until the Tennessee Department of Transportation could install temporary barriers in one lane.

Interstate 40 Blocked After Military Vehicle Rollover

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 2021 – Three lanes of I-40 near the Kickapoo Turnpike exit, east of Oklahoma City, were closed early Sunday afternoon after a rollover accident involving a military transporter.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:00 PM, backing traffic up for several miles. The military driver sustained a minor injury during the rollover event. Emergency medical technicians treated and released the victim involved in the crash.

A crane overturned the rollover vehicle transporting a fully loaded storage container, keeping the westbound right lane blocked for several hours.

Fatal Trucking Accident Causes Significant Damage to I-40 Bridge

Mt. Juliette, Tennessee, June 2021 – The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported a commercial truck crash at the Mt. Juliette road overpass. The Thursday morning crash occurred around 5:00 AM when the trucker lost control and traveled onto the freeway's right shoulder.

The wreck continued when the semi-truck plowed through a guardrail, struck a column, and erupted into flames. The fiery crash killed the 80-year-old tractor-trailer driver, Luther Stinson, of Nashville, working as a contract driver for Lipman Brothers Trucking.

At the time of the crash, officers closed all westbound lanes of I-40 due to safety concerns. Additionally, the wreck caused substantial damage to the bridge column that can take three weeks to repair. The Memphis police reopened two westbound lanes after long delays.

West Nashville Truck Crash Killed Three on Interstate 40

West Nashville, Tennessee, March 2021 – An early Thursday afternoon collision killed three men on I-40 in the eastbound lane in west Nashville. The 31-year-old truck driver survived the collision and remained in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Local law enforcement reports indicated that the collision occurred at approximately 4:00 PM when a tractor-trailer pulled off the freeway onto the right shoulder because of a possible mechanical problem. An Isuzu NPR passenger car heading eastbound hit the rear of the tractor-trailer, causing the immediate death of the two occupants in the front seat.

Another occupant sitting in the back seat, wearing a seatbelt, survived the collision. Emergency medical technicians transported the 18-year-old victim to the hospital, where he died the following day.

Hire a Truck Accident Attorney to Resolve Your Injury Claim

Were you, or a loved one, injured in a traffic accident on I-40? Was the crash the result of a truck driver's recklessness, fatigue, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, shifting cargo, recklessness, or improper braking?

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our truck accident injury attorneys can help you pursue your financial claim to ensure you are compensated for your damages. Call us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation.

Surviving family members who lost a loved one in a truck accident can seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Let us protect your right to receive maximum compensation and hold the negligent party accountable.

We accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis through a "No Win/No-Fee" guarantee. This promise ensures that your family will owe us nothing if we cannot obtain compensation on your behalf.


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