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Politician seeks injury money from at-fault driver's estate

A former North Carolina state representative has been permitted to file a personal injury suit in connection with a car accident in 2011 that killed the at-fault driver and left the victim with serious injuries. The man, Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, filed a suit alleging that the driver had been intoxicated behind the wheel when he caused the fatal accident. The representative is filing the suit against the man's estate, since he is no longer alive to respond to the claim.

An initial investigation into the matter had determined that the representative, not the other man, was at fault for the collision. The victim had even been formally charged with manslaughter in connection with the incident. Those charges were dismissed after prosecutors ordered a more comprehensive accident reconstruction. The results of that investigation showed that the other driver crossed the center line.

Official reports also show the man is suing the North Carolina establishment where the perpetrator had been drinking, alleging that staff at the Sixth & Vine bar and restaurant allowed the driver to over-imbibe. The suit argues the restaurant failed to adequately train staff about over-serving patrons, and that the facility's negligence ultimately led to the politician's severe wounds. Sadly, this is not the first time that establishment has faced civil action. Sixth and Vine settled a major case in connection with a 2007 drunk driving death.

Authorities report the at-fault driver had been drinking to excess at the bar, with four receipts in his pocket from the evening's festivities. He got behind the wheel at about 11 p.m., but he crossed the center line on Reynolds Park in Forsyth. The driver was declared dead at the scene.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by another driver, consider seeking the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. These professionals can help you learn more about your rights and responsibilities, allowing you to get the money you need and deserve.

www.news-record.com, "Former Forsyth lawmaker sues estate of man in fatal crash" Michael Hewlett, Jul. 23, 2013

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