San Diego News 6 reported that Teresa Peterson of San Marcos drove her car into a 7-Eleven at the corner of San Marcos Blvd. and Rancho Santa Fe Rd. seriously injuring a customer on December 2, 2010. The auto accident happened at about 11 p.m. when Peterson who was driving her Mercury Grand Marquis northbound on Rancho Santa Fe Rd., drove off the road, jumped the curb, through the parking lot and into the front door of the store. She continued through the store and hit a customer, Carlos Martinez of Mexico, who sustained serious injuries including head trauma.
Applicable California Law
California Vehicle Code 23104 provides for fines and or imprisonment for reckless driving which results in bodily injury. California Vehicle Code 21658 requires a driver of a vehicle to drive within a marked lane and remain within the lane until it is safe to move from the lane. Peterson will be liable for the property damage to the 7-Eleven and the bodily injury to Mr. Martinez including his medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, and compensation for pain and suffering. If further investigation by the police determines that she was driving recklessly, she could face criminal fines and or imprisonment.
A casual trip to the convince store results in serious injury. Auto accidents, motorcycle accidents or bicycle accidents resulting in serious injuries or head trauma can cause brain injuries that can last a lifetime. Exploring your rights and options by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial to obtaining justice.