San Diego News 6 reported that San Marcos resident Teresa Peterson drove her car into a 7-Eleven convenience store 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., jumped the curb and drove her vehicle through the parking lot and into the front door of the store at the corner of San Marcos Blvd. and Rancho Santa Fe Rd.. Her car continued through the store hitting Carlos Martinez a customer causing multiple serious injuries including head trauma.
Applicable California Law
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 face claims for the damage to the 7-Eleven and the bodily injury to Mr. Martinez this would include his medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. If further investigation determines that Peterson was driving recklessly and was grossly negligent, she could also face claims for punitive damages (see my prior Blog post on California Law on Punitive Damages).
A casual visit to the 7-Eleven results in serious injury. Auto accidents, involving pedestrians often cause serious injuries such as head trauma and brain injuries that can last a lifetime. Discussing your options with an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial to obtaining fair compensation and justice.