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Who Has Right of Way at Intersection

The answer to who has right of way at an intersection car accident in Wisconsin, is determined by a safety statute providing that the driver of a vehicle shall stop before entering a through highway and shall yield the right of way to other vehicles which have entered or are approaching the intersection upon the through highway.

An automobile on a through highway is approaching an intersection when it is so close to the intersection that, considering the rate of speed at which it is traveling, it would be reasonable to assume that a collision would occur if the automobile which stopped, as required, before entry onto the through highway moves onto the highway and into the path of the oncoming vehicle.

If you find that the oncoming automobile on the through highway had entered the intersection, or was approaching it as here defined, it then became the duty of the driver entering the through highway to yield the right of way to the automobile on the through highway.

A safety statute provides that when two vehicles approach or enter an intersection at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right.  The statute does not make the right of way on the part of the vehicle on the right depend on whether it reaches or begins to enter the intersection first.

Failure to yield crashes cause personal injury damages, medical bills, wage loss and pain and suffering.

The phrase "approach or enter an intersection at approximately the same time" means the approach or entry of two vehicles toward or into the intersection so nearly at the same time that there is imminent danger of an automobile collision if both vehicles continue their same courses at their same speeds.

If two automobiles approach or enter the intersection at approximately the same time, then it became the duty of the driver of the automobile on the left to yield the right of way to the automobile on the right.  This duty compelled the driver on the left either to stop the automobile, if necessary, or to control and manage it so that he could yield the right of way to the vehicle within the zone of danger on the right and avoid colliding with it.

McCormick Law Office attorneys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin get the best results in automobile accident cases involving right of way when the MVA report supports our client's right of way.  Also helpful is a ticket given to the other driver for failure to yield in causing the collision.

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