Wisconsin, like every
other state, has right-of-way laws that govern how motor vehicles move through
intersections. These laws, also called the “rules of the road,” help traffic
move safely and prevent accidents.
Right-of-way laws in
Wisconsin outline how to approach intersections, turns, stops, pedestrians, and
other proper highway etiquette. If you fail to properly yield right-of-way to
others, you’re driving aggressively and breaking the law. Failure to abide by
right-of-way laws can result in major accidents involving both property damage
and bodily injury.
If you are involved in a
traffic accident caused by failure to yield right-of-way, Boller & Vaughan
can help. Our team of Madison personal injury lawyers know Wisconsin law and
know how to effectively represent your interests in any personal injury
Call 608-268-0268 or contact the Boller & Vaughan office online and learn how our attorneys can help you
receive the compensation you deserve.
right-of-way laws help illustrate common situations that drivers may find
themselves in when there are no traffic signs or lights to control the flow of traffic.
They also explain who must yield the right-of-way and to whom. It’s important
to note that the laws state who must yield the right-of-way. It does not
give anyone the right-of-way.
These laws can be found
on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website, Wisconsin state law, and in the most recent edition of the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Motorists’ Handbook.
If a driver operates a
vehicle at an unlawful speed, that driver forfeits their right-of-way. In other
words, even if another driver fails to yield right-of-way, it is the speeding
driver who is responsible for the accident. Wisconsin law states that a
motorist “driving at an unlawful speed forfeits any right-of-way which he or she would otherwise have under this
The penalties for violating right-of-way laws in Wisconsin vary. Depending on the nature of
the incident, punishment may include a fine of $20 to $1,000 as well as points
on your license, or even suspension of driving privileges. You may also have to
complete a right-of-way course at a training school or by an approved safety
However, if the
right-of-way violation results in serious injuries or death, there can be
criminal penalties and/or civil liability for the driver who caused the
accident. This means that the injured person or persons, or their surviving
family members in the case of a fatal accident, can file a lawsuit against the
driver who is responsible for causing the accident.
If you or a loved one
has been involved in an accident stemming from failure to yield right-of-way,
you may be able to file a claim for damages, or financial compensation. The
Boller & Vaughan team are experienced and well-versed in Wisconsin’s
right-of-way laws. Our personal injury attorneys can determine if another
driver is responsible and whether you should pursue your case.
Call our Madison office
at 608-268-0268 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our
attorneys today. You can also follow the Boller & Vaughan Facebook page, or fill out an online contact form to get started.
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