Apart from stopping on the highway, stopping at a stop sign also has rules in Wisconsin, which must be followed in order to avoid car accidents and injuries. In Wisconsin, a driver cannot stop at a stop sign and then proceed if he or she does not have a good enough sightline to determine if it is safe to go. In that case, the driver must edge out and stop again to look if necessary.


A safety statute provides that the driver of a vehicle must come to a full and complete stop before entering an intersection at which has been erected an official stop sign designating an artery for through traffic.  If a highway or street on which one driver was traveling at the time and place in question, was an arterial highway, and there was erected at the proper place on roadway an arterial stop sign, requiring drivers on the non arterial to stop, the law provides:

(a) If there is a clearly marked stop line, the driver must stop before crossing such line.

(b) If there is no clearly marked stop line, the driver shall, if there is a crosswalk, as there was here, stop before entering the crosswalk.

(c) If there is neither a crosswalk nor a stop line at the intersection, the driver, before entering the intersection, shall stop the vehicle at a point from which the driver can efficiently observe traffic on the intersecting roadway.

“Intersection” means the area embraced within the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of two or more highways which join one another at an angle, whether or not one highway crosses the other.

A “highway” is defined by statute as being every way or place, of whatever nature, open to the use of the public as a matter of right for the purposes of vehicular travel.

It is not sufficient that a driver before entering an arterial highway at which there is a crosswalk or marked stop line stop at the crosswalk or marked stop line only.  If the driver cannot efficiently observe traffic on the arterial highway from that point, the driver must stop again, before entering the highway, at a point where the driver can efficiently observe traffic approaching on the arterial highway.

McCormick Law Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has attorneys which get the best settlement results in stopping on the highway cases when there is evidence of the defendant’s negligence 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.