St. Petersburg Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
One of the unfortunate and highly problematic realities of the Sunshine State is that drunk driving, for many drivers, is considered a “normal” occurrence. Given the abundance of clubs, bars, and public events that offer alcoholic beverages, the temptation for Florida residents to drive while intoxicated is relatively high. Naturally, many residents choose to drink responsibly. However, Floridians report driving after drinking at higher-than-average rates.
To give you a better understanding of the severity of the issue, in 2020 alone, there were 746 fatalities involving alcohol or a combination of drugs and alcohol. This statistic doesn’t even take into account survivors of drunk driving accidents. Despite efforts at the local, state, and national levels, drunk driving accidents are a major issue in the state of Florida.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a drunk driving accident, finding the right legal representation is vital to ensuring you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. The Ruth Law Team specializes in providing legal assistance to clients involved in an automobile accident. Our lawyers have years of experience in navigating drunk driver lawsuits and will help you during each step of the legal process. Our team may not be able to reverse the mental, emotional, and physical injuries of your crash, we will use every resource possible to ensure the perpetrator is held responsible.
Our success in the field speaks for itself. To date, we’ve helped clients win over $63 million in auto injury claims. Have you been hit by a drunk driver? We encourage you to reach out to The Ruth Law Team for assistance. Contact us to speak with an attorney or to schedule your free consultation.
Common Causes of Drunk Driver Accidents
While many automobile accidents occur unintentionally and with no malicious or negligent intentions, drunk-driving-related accidents are a different story. These accidents always involve selfish and negligent behavior on the perpetrator’s behalf, as they willfully chose to consume alcohol and made the decision to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. In these scenarios, victims are often safe, law-abiding drivers who were unwilfully put in harm’s way.
Even the most careful driver can become a victim of a drunk driving accident. Unfortunately, there are many different ways that these accidents can occur. At the heart of each case, alcohol is the root cause. However, the circumstances surrounding the accident can directly impact the type and severity of the injuries you receive. The most common types of drunk driving-related accidents that occur include, but are not limited to:
- Wrong-way driving
- Striking a pedestrian
- Front-to-rear crashes at stoplights
- Failure to see your vehicle
- Driver that becomes incapacitated due to intoxication
Our team of highly skilled drunk driving accident lawyers in St. Petersburg, FL have years of experience in tackling these complex legal cases. They know what evidence to collect, what reports to cite, and what laws and statutes provide you and your loved ones with legal protections.
What Happens Next?
Victims of drunk driving go through quite a lot of mental, physical, and emotional turmoil. In many cases, these accidents are terrifying and can often lead to life-altering injuries, PTSD, and other long-term emotional issues. Navigating the legal process after your accident can often seem overwhelming and feel like too much to handle. Our team understands the sensitivity of these cases and how difficult it can be for clients to pursue a case. To make the process easier for our clients and ensure they receive the justice they deserve, we’ve streamlined our process into three simple but effective steps to pursue legal action. Our steps include the following:
In order for one of our drunk driving accident attorneys to file a case on your behalf, we must prove that you experienced a significant negative impact as a result of the accident. To build your case, The Ruth Law Team’s drunk driving accident lawyers will collect documentation that supports your claim, such as medical bills, medical records, toxicology results, and insurance information.
Once our team has this information, your dedicated attorney will take a closer look at the accident that occurred and gather additional details about the circumstances surrounding the accident. For instance, we may gather police reports, review dashcam footage or local security cameras, and speak with witnesses to develop an in-depth understanding of the accident. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with an airtight case so you receive your compensation.
In many cases, any criminal proceedings occur either before or concurrent with civil proceedings. Our team will follow any criminal proceedings as they take place and utilize the court documents to provide further evidence for your claims. If the at-fault driver admits to driving under the influence, fails a breathalyzer test, or self-incriminates in any other way, our team will use this information to strengthen your settlement.
Many accident-related cases are settled outside of the courtroom, especially in the case of a drunk driving incident. At the Ruth Law Team, we make every effort to build a strong case and obtain a favorable outcome for our clients. Therefore, we will attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement outside of the courtroom. If no favorable agreement is reached, we will take your case to trial and argue your need for compensation.
Additionally, your drunk driving accident attorney will provide an explanation for each step of the negotiation process and allow you to screen potential settlements. You’ll be kept informed of any legal proceedings and have the right to choose to continue to trial if you feel that it is necessary.
Drunk Driver Accident Attorneys
The Ruth Law Team has helped hundreds of clients seek justice in drunk driving accident cases over the last 35 years. Our attorneys have recovered over $63 million for accident-related claims alone. We offer highly skilled and experienced attorneys who are available to provide comprehensive legal consultations in St. Petersberg, Florida. Our team is also ready and willing to do virtual consultations or meet at a location of your choice.
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 driving accidents can result in minor injuries, emotional distress, PTSD, life-altering disabilities, and even death. The implications of a drunk driving accident, no matter how minor, deserve justice. The Ruth Law Team has the expertise necessary to build a case so that you and your loved ones are compensated for your pain, hardship, and suffering.
If you’ve been in an accident involving a drunk driver, filing early is essential. Do not wait to seek legal representation. Contact the offices of The Ruth Law Team today for a free consultation or referral to an experienced drunk driver accident attorney near you.
Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers in St. Petersburg, Florida
Our team is ready to help you navigate the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve after you’ve been hit by a drunk driver.
We’re available 24/7 to address all of your questions or concerns. Call us today at (727) 327-3222 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys.