You never know when you could get hurt when you leave home. Even familiar places like McDonald’s can be accident prone. Accidents are most frequent when drivers fail to keep a good look out for other cars and pedestrians. If you are injured in an accident at a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s, you may be able to recover the cost of any medical treatment, damage to your vehicle, and lost wages by filing a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide useful legal advice and may help win a claim if it is thought to be a good case.
McDonald’s Restaurants Company Profile
Few people around the world are unfamiliar with the McDonald’s logo, the Golden Arches. McDonald’s can claim to be the largest fast food chain in the world, serving nearly 70 million customers in 37,000 different locations. Most McDonald’s outlets are owned and operated as franchises.
McDonald’s was first established by the McDonald brothers in San Bernadino, California, but was soon bought out and expanded massively by Ray Kroc. Its current global headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois.
McDonald’s are found in every conceivable location where people are likely to want a bite to eat or a coffee. They can be found in shopping malls, food centers, small town High Streets, in airport lounges and most of all just out of town alongside a highway. Nearly every highway McDonald’s has a drive-in or drive through facility where customers can roll up, order, and receive food.
Personal Injury Claims After a Restaurant Drive Through Auto Accident
If you have been injured in an auto accident in or around a restaurant like McDonald’s and believe that you were not to blame, you may have the option of filing a personal injury claim. You will need to check your state’s personal injury laws, as they will dictate the circumstances in which you can make a claim and the time frame in which you have to do so.
In all claims of this type, it is essential to ensure you have sufficient evidence that you were the victim of negligence. An example of a typical accident in this environment is a head on collision with an impatient driver as you exit from the drive-in lane. The accident could be classified as negligence if you had the right of way.
Eye witnesses are fortunately likely to be available at a restaurant drive-in, and you may be able to get statements from them. These statements along with a police report, a damage report on your car, and medical reports and bills help to support your claim and convince either the other driver’s insurance adjuster or a court of your right to make a claim.
Why You Should Use a Personal Injury Attorney
A personal injury attorney can make all the difference when making a claim. It is difficult convincing an insurance adjuster that you were not to blame for an accident, or that the other driver (their client) was 100% at fault. A personal injury attorney can help you collect evidence, submit a claim, and negotiate on your behalf with the insurer. Most personal injury claims are settled out of court, but if necessary, the attorney may suggest going to court to ensure the claim is won.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against McDonald's, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.