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Common Courtesy and, Oh Yeah, It’s the Law June 4, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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Car versus Pedestrian.  This is not a battle anyone wants to be a party to especially if you are the pedestrian.  So, what is the law in Wisconsin about pedestrians and right of way?  Just so you know, if you are walking in a cross walk or with the “green little person” you have the right of way.  Yes, drivers that means that you have to slow down (it isn’t all bad you’ll save on gas). 

Wisconsin’s Jury Instructions state:

The Wisconsin statutes define “right of way” as the privilege of the immediate use of the roadway and, further provide, that at an intersection or crosswalk where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic officer, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing or who has started to cross the highway on a green or “Walk” signal and in all other cases pedestrians shall yield the right of way to vehicles lawfully proceeding directly ahead on a green signal.


Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Wauwatosa, Green Bay, Ozaukee and Milwaukee.


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