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Negligent drivers are dangerous, even at unexpected locations

Fast food restaurant chains are a staple of almost every city across the country. While their food is not always the healthiest choice, millions of Americans enjoy these restaurants for their inexpensive food and reliably quick service. The "drive-thru" line, for example, allows customers to get their food within minutes and without even getting out of their vehicle.

Usually, drivers proceed slowly and cautiously while in a fast food drive-thru lane. However, even the drive-thru lane can be the backdrop for car accidents. Recently, a woman filed a lawsuit in a West Virginia state court for a car accident that she was involved in while at a McDonald's drive-thru.

In her lawsuit, the woman claims that she was in her car waiting in line in the drive-thru when another vehicle rear-ended her car. She alleges that she suffered injuries as a result of the crash, and is seeking compensation for medical expenses and other damages. The woman is suing the driver of the vehicle, as well as the driver's employee, which is a West Virginia-based construction company.

Accident victims can get compensation from employers of drivers if they can show that the employee was operating the vehicle within the scope of employment. In this case, the plaintiff will need to show that the alleged negligent driver was on the job, despite being in the drive-thru lane of a fast food restaurant.

All drivers have a duty to look out for the safety of other people on and near any roadway. This obligation applies equally to people who are traveling on interstate highways as it does to those picking up a meal at a fast food drive-thru. Regardless of location, a car accident victim has legal rights against a negligent driver.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Accident in McDonald's drive-thru results in lawsuit," Annie Cosby, July 9, 2014

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