The state of Wisconsin, like all states nationwide, has rules and laws that govern how motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists properly and legally travel on the roadways. Among these rules are those that govern the right of way, or which driver should yield to the other when stopped at an intersection. Violations of these rules and laws can result in traffic tickets for minor infractions and criminal charges for egregious violations of these laws, or cases which usually involve serious harm or even death to another person. However, traffic violations that lead to accidents causing injuries or death also can result in civil liability for that driver through a personal injury lawsuit.
Wisconsin law requires that when two drivers arrive at a four-way stop at roughly the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left should yield to the driver of the vehicle on the right. Keep in mind, however, that if a driver approaches the intersection at a high rate of speed, then he or she is not entitled to the right of way. Even if another car pulls out in front of the speeding driver, he or she is at fault under the right of way rules.
Violation of the right of way rules under Wisconsin law is a relatively minor infraction; drivers who violate these rules can receive a citation with a penalty of $20 to $1,000, depending on the nature of the situation. The consequences of a traffic infraction, though, become far more severe when the driver causes an accident that injures or kills another driver, passenger, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Even if the driver is not criminally charged, a traffic infraction can lead to an accident that makes that driver civilly liable for any damages that the accident caused to another.
When any type of vehicle accident occurs as a result of a driver’s negligence, and causes injury to you or your loved one, you may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. Wisconsin’s right of way rules can be important in determining whether a driver is negligent. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and set up your free consultation today.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.