In addition to stopping on the highway rules, drivers must stop at certain points on the road even in the absence of a stop sign or stop light. Following basic common sense, these stopping rules contribute to safe travel for Wisconsin drivers and passengers on the roads and streets. These stopping rules help avoid car accidents and injuries. Always good to keep in mind, in Wisconsin a driver cannot stop at a stop and then proceed if he or she does not have a good enough sightline to determine if it is safe to go. In this case, the driver must edge out and stop again to look if necessary.


A safety statute requires that the driver of a vehicle:

(a) emerging from an alley shall stop the vehicle immediately prior to moving onto the sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area extending across the path of the vehicle.

(b) proceeding on an alley shall stop the vehicle immediately before crossing or entering an intersecting alley, whether or not the intersecting alley crosses the alley on which the vehicle is being driven.


A safety statute requires that the driver of a vehicle shall not drive on or across a railroad crossing:

(a) While any traffic officer or railroad employee signals to stop;

(b) While any warning device signals to stop, except that, if the driver of the vehicle, after stopping and investigating, finds that no railroad train or railroad track equipment is approaching, the driver may proceed.

(c) If any crossbuck sign is maintained at the crossing, while a railroad train or railroad track equipment occupies the crossing or approaches so closely to the closing as to be a hazard of collision.

The statute further provides that a driver of a vehicle shall not drive through, around, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while the gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

McCormick Law Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin represents injured drivers and passengers in railroad crossing cases as well as emerging from or crossing an alley cases. Driving is a conscious activity, which requires active and engaged attention and response in order to be accomplished safely and effectively. Our attorneys get the best settlements in stopping on the highway cases when there is evidence of the defendant’s negligence in failing to follow simple stopping rules, resulting in causing damages, including medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering. Direct evidence can include witness testimony or video footage of a rolling or incomplete stop. Indirect evidence can be an accident reconstruction based on debris, skid marks and vehicle damage.