Drunk driving accidents are a major problem in the Sunshine State. With an abundance of clubs, bars, and public events, it can be quite tempting for Floridians to overindulge in alcoholic beverages. While most of these citizens enjoy alcohol responsibly, some decide to get behind the wheel and recklessly endanger others. In fact, Floridians report driving after drinking at higher rates than the national averages. In 2020 alone, there were 746 fatalities involving alcohol or a combination of drugs and alcohol. This count does not include victims that survived after being hit by a drunk driver. Despite concerted efforts by state and local entities, drunk driver crashes continue to be a major issue in the state of Florida.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver, it is vital that you find the right legal partner to seek justice on your behalf. The Ruth Law Team specializes in helping our clients to get justice after being involved in an accident. We are experienced drunk driver accident lawyers that will be by your side at every step of the way. While we cannot undo the harm caused by your crash, we can ensure that the perpetrator is held accountable for your financial and emotional hardships. Our results speak for themselves. To date, we have helped clients recover over $63 million in vehicle-related personal injury claims.
Have you been hit by a drunk driver? If so, then The Ruth Law Team can help. Do not delay seeking legal counsel. Pursue justice today. Please fill out the contact form below to schedule your no-cost consultation.
“Thank you for your diligence and representation.”
Common Causes of Drunk Driver Accidents
Unlike many other types of vehicle accidents, being hit by a drunk driver always involves a selfish act of gross negligence. The person that caused the accident wilfully chose to consume too much alcohol, and they followed that decision by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. You may have taken every precaution to operate your vehicle in a safe manner and still become the victim of a drunk driver. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, then we may be able to help. Our expert drunk driver accident lawyers will get to work collecting vital evidence that will be necessary to win your case. We will fight for your rights and make every effort to obtain the best possible injury settlement for you.
Even the most careful drivers can suffer injury at the hands of a drunk driver. While alcohol is the key contributing factor, the manner of the crash will vary with each incident. Drunk drivers and the accidents that they cause are the result of negligence and impaired function. Some of the most frequent causes of drunk driver crashes include:
- Wrong-way driving
- Striking a pedestrian
- Front-to-rear crashes at stoplights
- Failure to see your vehicle
- Driver that becomes incapacitated due to intoxication
What Happens Next?
Being hit by a drunk driver can be a terrifying and life altering experience. The stress of your accident can be amplified by the stress of hiring an attorney. We understand that this may be your first time working with a drunk driver accident lawyer, which is why we have created a streamlined, three-step process. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the journey so that you can focus on recovery while we do the heavy lifting.
Once you partner with The Ruth Law Team, we will get to work on building your case file. We will gather all of the necessary documents regarding your case, including medical bills, medical records, toxicology results, and insurance information.This step is all about building your case and supporting the need for compensation. During the negotiation process, these documents will give us a good baseline when requesting compensation. Our document collection practices will build the groundwork for your claim.
After we have gathered the essential documentation to assess your claim, we will take a closer look at the incident itself. This includes obtaining police reports, reviewing any dash cam or security camera footage, and speaking with witnesses. Our goal is to build an airtight case so that we can better fight for your rights.Oftentimes, any criminal proceedings will occur either before or concurrent with civil proceedings. Part of our investigation will involve gathering any documents related to the criminal case. If the at-fault driver makes any admissions, failed a breathalyzer, or did anything else to self-incriminate, we can use this information to strengthen your settlement request.
At The Ruth Law Team, we make every effort to build a strong case. We are dedicated to obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients.During the negotiation phase, we will attempt to reach a settlement agreement with the defense attorney outside of the courtroom. If we cannot reach a favorable agreement, we will take your case to trial and argue your need for compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving Accidents
A drunk driver accident attorney, like those at The Ruth Law Team, are experienced in handling all types of accidental-related cases. If you (or your loved one) were injured at the hands of a drunk driver, we may be able to help you obtain compensation. We can also fight for compensation on behalf of family members whose loved one was killed by a drunk driver. Our free consultations allow you to learn more about your options and find out whether or not it is worth pursuing compensation.
The Ruth Law Team operates on a contingency basis. This means that our fee is a fixed percentage of the settlement that we recover for you. If we go to trial, you do not owe us a dime unless we win your case.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, the first step should be to seek medical care immediately. Do not put off treatment, as doing so could put you at risk. After you have taken care of your medical needs, reach out to an experienced drunk driving accident attorney, like the ones at The Ruth Law Team. We can assess your case and provide vital guidance during this stressful experience.
Not every drunk driving accident case goes to trial. In fact, many victims are able to obtain favorable settlement terms out of court. This will depend on a variety of factors, including your total damages and the settlement offer. Each time we receive an offer from the defense, we will present that offer to you. Ultimately, you will decide whether to take the offer or pursue a more favorable settlement.
Yes, The Ruth Law Team has substantial experience in trying accident cases in the state of Florida. We have helped numerous clients who have been hit by drunk drivers (as well as their families) and may be able to help you, too.
Settlement amounts are not fixed. They are generally influenced by factors such as your medical bills, emotional hardships, and the insurance policy limits. During the negotiation process, we will seek compensation that is comparable to the significance of your trauma.
The amount of time that it takes to argue your case will vary. If the defendant offers a reasonable settlement offer during the first round of negotiations, then your case may be resolved more rapidly. If the insurance company tries to avoid giving you the just compensation that you deserve, then our team will be prepared to pursue your case in litigation or even take your case to trial.
Florida has an implied consent law. This means that any driver that refuses a breathalyzer will face legal consequences. A refusal to submit to breath analysis is admissible in both criminal and civil cases. Many jurors view this refusal as a sign of guilt, which can actually help us to argue your case.
Florida has very detailed laws governing alcohol consumption, sale, and distribution. One such law is known as the dram shop law. This statute requires bars and restaurants to not serve alcohol to minors or those that are habitually addicted to it.
Since many bar goers frequently visit the same establishments on an ongoing basis, there is a good chance that the local staff is familiar with the person that hit you. If the bar or restaurant violated their duty and continually served someone that is overindulging, then you may be able to file a claim against them.
As noted above, many defense attorneys will seek to settle out of court. The goal of this practice is to avoid drawn-out litigation and also to reduce the payout. When presented with a potential settlement, you will have the choice to either accept it or pursue more favorable terms.
If we cannot reach an out-of-court agreement with the defense, then we will need to go to trial. Defense attorneys in drunk driver crashes will often seek to avoid this. If we win at trial, there is a chance that the awarded amount will be higher than any of the settlement offers. However, the awarded amount may also be similar to or even less than one of the settlement offers. There are no guarantees. During the trial, the burden of proving that the defendant caused you harm falls on our team.
Every case involving a drunk driver is different. In order to reach a settlement, the drunk driver’s insurer must first accept that their client was at fault. They must also make a fair compensation offer.
It is quite common for drunk driver-related crashes to be settled out of court. The insurer knows that there is usually scientific evidence that the driver was impaired. This proof is very convincing to jurors and drastically improves your odds of being awarded damages.
Jurors have a history of ruling against drunk drivers. When this happens, there is a chance that you could be awarded a large amount in damages. The insurance company’s legal team will likely want to avoid trial if at all possible.
Ultimately, you will be the one that decides if your case goes to trial. If you do not view the settlement offer to be a fair measure of the hardships you endured, then trial may be the only recourse. The Ruth Law Team is prepared to stand in your corner no matter which option you choose. Our goal is to achieve a favorable outcome and hold the perpetrator accountable for his or her actions.
Drunk Driver Accident Attorneys
With more than 35 years of experience, The Ruth Law Team has helped hundreds of clients to seek justice. Many of these cases involve crash-related injuries. In fact, we have recovered over $63 million for accident-related claims. Our experienced and well-versed attorneys can provide comprehensive legal consultations at our Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota office locations. We can also do a consultation over the phone or come to you.
The Ruth Law Team’s attorneys include:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Contact an Experienced Drunk Driver Accident Attorney
Drunk driver crashes are extremely dangerous. They can result in permanent injury or even death.
The Ruth Law Team has the expertise necessary to file a claim on your behalf and seek justice for your injuries. We will make every effort to obtain a fair settlement for you.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, time is of the essence. Do not wait to file a claim. Contact the offices of The Ruth Law Team today. We provide free consultations and can connect you with a talented drunk driver accident attorney near you.
Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
You may call us anytime, day or night, at 1-888-783-8378 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can conduct the consultation over the phone or schedule a face-to-face meeting at any of our locations.