In Wisconsin speeding causes car accidents. Since the highway speed limit was raised in 2015, the twelve months ending June 2016 higher speeding limits contributed to increasing fatalities 37% on the interstate, injuries increased 11% and the total number of accidents rose 12%. But other moving related automobile collisions occur as well. Wisconsin law addresses these situations:
1113 DUTY OF PRECEDING DRIVER: SLOWING OR STOPPING: SIGNALLING
The statutes provide that no person may stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal by brake lights or by hand to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear when there is opportunity to give a signal. It is for the jury to determine whether driver of the front car indicated by proper signal his or her intention to stop or suddenly decrease speed, and if not, whether the driver of the front car had an opportunity to do so.
1115 PARKING: STOPPING: LEAVING VEHICLE OFF THE ROADWAY
A safety statute provides that the parking, stopping, or standing of a vehicle off the roadway is unlawful unless there is left an unobstructed width of at least 15 feet upon the roadway opposite the parked, stopped or standing vehicle for the free passage of other vehicles. A vehicle is off the roadway when it is upon the shoulder adjacent to the concrete or traveled portion of the highway. The statute also provides that a standing vehicle must be left in a position that can be seen by drivers of other vehicles from a distance of 500 feet in each direction along the highway.
1120 PARKING: STOPPING: LEAVING VEHICLE ON THE ROADWAY
A safety statute provides that no person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the roadway of any highway outside a business or residential district when it is practical to park, stop or leave standing the vehicle off the roadway. Roadway means that portion of a highway between the regularly established curb lines or that portion which is improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, excluding the berm or shoulder. On a divided highway, the term refers to each roadway separately but not to all roadways collectively. In determining whether it was practical to move the vehicle to, and leave it standing at, a place off the roadway, the jury may consider the physical conditions adjacent to the place where the vehicle was parked, stopped, or left standing, any other possible parking spaces, in any direction, to which the vehicle might reasonably have been taken, as well as the reason for stopping.
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