Two of three lanes on the northbound Highway 41 in Fresno, CA were blocked off due to a multi-car crash on Wednesday May 10, 2023. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, at least four vehicles were involved in the car crash near the center divider of Shaw Avenue at about 10:15 AM. Drivers were forced to merge to the left lane as two lanes were blocked by the crash. One of the vehicles involved in the crash was a Tesla. Another of the vehicles involved was seen smoking due to the collision. The traffic was backed up to McKinley Avenue as of 10:45 AM Wednesday morning. Little to no details were immediately available regarding any potential injuries. 

"wreck ahead" traffic notice as a result of highway crash

The Fresno Bee provided details and a photo of the scene of incident, in which emergency responders and authorities can be seen helping the victims on the righthand side two lanes. Multiple cones and CHP vehicles are also depicted helping deter traffic to a singular lane. The flow of traffic can easily be seen affected by the incident with all available lanes impacted and filled to the brim with confined vehicles. 

“The incident that occurred on Fresno’s Highway 41 affected the lives of the crash victims and those at the scene of the collision in a traumatic manner,” said Brett Schreiber partner at Singleton Schreiber. “My thoughts are with the victims that are faced with serious out-of-pocket financial burdens, potential injuries, and emotional distress due to the crash.”

Fresno Tesla and car accident attorneys at Singleton Schreiber can be reached at 559-702-0846 or by emailing

Fresno Highway 41 Multi-Car Crash

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but initial reports suggest that it may have been caused by a combination of factors, including speeding, reckless driving, and poor weather conditions.

The crash resulted in the closure of both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 41 for several hours, causing severe traffic backups and delays. The California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies responded to the scene to investigate the crash, gather evidence, and assist with traffic control.

Unfortunately, multi-car crashes like this one are not uncommon on busy highways like Highway 41. These types of accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities, as well as significant property damage and financial losses. While the cause of this crash is still unknown, it serves as a reminder of the importance of safe driving practices and the need to exercise caution in adverse weather conditions.

To reduce the risk of multi-car crashes and other accidents on highways, drivers should follow a few key safety tips. 

These safety tips include: 

  • Obeying Posted Speed Limits
  • Maintaining a Safe Distance from Other Vehicles
  • Avoiding Distractions While Driving
  • Ensuring that their Vehicles are Properly Maintained and in Good Working Condition

Multi-car crashes are unfortunately common causes of traffic delays on highways and major roads. These types of accidents can result in significant property damage, injuries, and even fatalities, leading to lengthy closures and backups.

There are several factors that can contribute to multi-car crashes and resulting traffic delays. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, or engaging in other distracting activities while driving is more likely to cause accidents, particularly in heavy traffic.
  • Reckless driving: Speeding, changing lanes abruptly, and failing to signal can all lead to multi-car crashes, particularly when other drivers are forced to take evasive action.
  • Poor weather conditions: Rain, snow, and fog can all reduce visibility and make it more difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles, leading to multi-car crashes.
  • Driver fatigue: Drivers who are tired or drowsy are more likely to make mistakes and cause accidents, particularly on long trips or during overnight hours.
  • Vehicle malfunctions: Brake failure, tire blowouts, and other mechanical issues can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and collide with other cars, leading to multi-car crashes.

“Multi-car crashes or any other type of accidents are devastating and stressful,” said Mr. Schreiber. “Anyone involved in an incident, such as the one that occurred in Fresno’s Highway 41, should seek medical attention and legal advice as soon as possible by qualified personal injury attorneys that can help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries or unfortunate losses.”

Anyone injured in a Tesla or car accident should contact Singleton Schreiber at 559-702-0846 or via email at