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The driver who hit my car was making a right turn on red, which I understand is legal in Wisconsin. Does that mean he isn’t responsible for the accident or my injuries?

Wisconsin law allows a driver to make a right turn on red at many intersections; however, a driver may still be liable for an accident that occurs after making a right turn on red. It all depends on whether the driver who made the right turn at a red light was negligent. In many cases, the answer is yes.

Understanding the Wisconsin Right on Red Law

The Wisconsin right turn on red law allows a driver to make a right turn at an intersection with a red light if the driver:

  • Comes to a complete stop before entering the intersection
  • Cautiously enters the intersection and turns into the nearest lane of traffic
  • Yields not only to cars that have the green light, but also to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles

 

A driver may not make a right turn on red at an intersection on E Michigan Street in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin if the intersection has signs that prohibit making right turns on red, if the driver would have to cross traffic lanes of moving traffic, or if it is unsafe to do so.

Is Another Driver Responsible for Your Injuries?

If another driver violated the Wisconsin right on red law or drove in a negligent manner that caused your injuries, you may be able to recover damages. To learn more, please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, and please contact us directly for a complimentary consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham