If you use drive through restaurants and bakeries like a Panera on a regular basis, you may be lucky to not have had an accident. Drive through areas of busy restaurants and eateries can get a little hectic, and when drivers get irritated they may make poor decisions, resulting in other people getting hurt.
As long as you can provide proof that someone else was responsible for your injuries, you may be able to claim compensation from the other driver’s insurance company. This isn’t easy to do without legal help, but a successful claim can certainly help to pay for unexpected medical treatment, replace any lost earnings or wages, and compensate for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
Panera Company Profile
The Panera Bread Company, also known as the St. Louis Bread Company in the city of that name, is a fast food chain specializing in bakery items, sandwiches, soups, pasta dishes and specialty drinks. Panera has been around for over thirty years and is now found all over the U.S. and Canada. The first restaurant was established in Missouri by Ken Rosenthal. It is now a 2,100 strong chain with its headquarters in Sunset Hills, which is a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. There are over 100 St. Louis Bread outlets in St. Louis alone.
It is easy for drivers to order at a Panera restaurant and pick it up at the drive through section. You would think that this would be trouble free, but some drivers either fail to concentrate or become too impatient and take risks when entering or exiting the restaurant. That’s when accidents happen and people get unnecessarily injured.
Personal Injury Claims after a Restaurant Drive Through Auto Accident
Even if you thought that the accident you were involved in was obviously caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to prove that if you intend to try to claim compensation from the at-fault driver. Take a typical restaurant accident. You are in the parking lot at the side of the restaurant and are maneuvering out of the space when you are hit by a driver exiting the drive through part of the restaurant. You believe that you had the right of way and that the driver who hit you was eating something as he drove out.
There may have been someone else watching the whole incident, and this sort of eye witness corroboration can help you prove your case. If the police are involved, they should compile a report and this report will be invaluable evidence.
Check the state laws on personal injury for the state you are in. The state’s statute of limitations imposes a time limit on making personal injury claims, and the percentage fault of each party involved in a collision can determine whether compensation is possible at all and how much is permitted.
Why You Should Use a Personal Injury Attorney
Making a personal injury claim is never easy, especially if you attempt to negotiate with an at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster all by yourself. You are more likely to have a successful claim if you get legal help from an experienced personal injury attorney.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Panera, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.