Every moment after a car crash can feel surreal, especially when it results from someone else’s decision to drink and drive. Even though a drunk driving crash may be referred to as an “accident,” it is never an accident when someone chooses to get behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  A peaceful drive in Sarasota can suddenly turn into a nightmare. We at The Ruth Law Team understand that you’re likely feeling confused, stressed, and overwhelmed. It’s hard enough dealing with the physical injuries and emotional trauma, let alone worrying about the legal complexities that come with it.

The Ruth Law Team has been a pillar in the Sarasota community for over 40 years, offering a helping hand in times of need. We’ve worked with countless individuals who’ve experienced the fallout from drunk driving accidents, navigating the murky waters of justice on their behalf.

We’re not just here to represent you in a courtroom – we’re here to understand your story, support you, and assist you in restoring a sense of normalcy to your life. A drunk driving accident is an ordeal that no one should have to face alone.

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a drunk driving accident and need guidance, we’re here for you. Our experienced and empathetic attorneys are ready to listen to your story and help guide you on the path to justice. 

Let’s start a conversation today – to discuss your case with a Sarasota drunk driving accident attorney, please call (941) 366-9725 or schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation online.

Call us at (941) 366-9725 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

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Why Should You Choose The Ruth Law Team?

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We have over four decades of experience representing drunk driving accident victims in Sarasota, FL, and throughout the state.

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Our firm has recovered millions in damages and compensation throughout our 40+ years of representing clients.

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Our firm values honest communication and open dialogue with clients, so you always feel connected and updated about the situation.

Our Drunk Driving Accident Case Results

$35,000

Passenger Injured in Drunk Driving Accident

We were able to settle this case for the full insurance policy limits on this case. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle when a DUI driver pulled out in front of them. This… read more?
$89,999

Drunk Driver Swerves and Hits Car Head On

The at-fault driver in this crash was driving under the influence when he swerved into our client’s lane and hit him head on, causing a significant impact on Gunn Highway. Our client suffered injuries to… read more?
$2,500,000

Settlement For The Family of a Truck Accident Victim

Our client was driving a dump truck on the highway when a driver (who was driving under the influence) failed to maintain his lane and collided with our client.  Our… read more?
$350,000

Vehicle Hit Behind by a Drunk Driver

Recovery for a victim injured in car crash when hit from behind by a drunk driver and suffered multiple injuries including injury to knee requiring surgery.
$75,000

Rollover Accident

A negligent driver turned left in front of our client, causing our client’s SUV to flip over.  EMS transported our client to the hospital.  The rollover crash resulted in neck, head, and shoulder injuries.
$250,000

Motorcycle Driver Hit by U-Turning Car

Recovery for motorcycle driver hit when a car made improper U-turn in front of him. The victim was ejected from the bike hitting the vehicle and falling to the pavement. He suffered shoulder injury resulting… read more?
$100,000

Brain Injuries After Bike Accident

The insurance company tendered the policy limits for a client who survived multiple fractures and brain injuries and after a bike accident in Tarpon Springs.
$100,000

Rear-End Collision Verdict

Verdict to a resolve a claim arising from a rear end collision.
$100,000

Settlement Obtained for Client in a Head-On Crash

We obtained a $100,000 settlement for a client who was hit head on by an uninsured driver. She went to the hospital where she was treated for a concussion and bruising as well as hip,… read more?

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents

If you have been hit by a drunk driver, the impact can be catastrophic because many of them are head-on accidents that cause injuries. Such collisions often happen at high speeds and involve impaired judgment, leading to devastating injuries that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. These injuries cause immediate pain and suffering and long-term health complications that can be challenging to manage.

Here’s a look at some of the common injuries sustained in drunk driving accidents:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): This can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. TBI can profoundly impact cognition, motor functions, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Such injuries can lead to paralysis, either partial or full, and come with a range of complications like respiratory and heart issues, chronic pain, and loss of bodily functions.
  • Broken Bones: Fractures are common in high-impact accidents. They may require surgery and long-term physical therapy, with the potential for lasting discomfort or disability.
  • Internal Injuries: Damage to internal organs like the lungs, liver, kidneys, or spleen can occur due to the force of the crash. These injuries are not always immediately apparent but can be life-threatening.
  • Cuts and Lacerations: These injuries can lead to scarring and, in severe cases, significant blood loss or infection.
  • Psychological Trauma: An often overlooked consequence of drunk driving accidents is the emotional and mental toll. Victims can have post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues.

Facing any of these injuries can be overwhelming. But remember, you’re not alone in this journey. At The Ruth Law Team, we’ve worked with countless individuals who’ve faced these challenges and have helped them seek the compensation they deserve for their physical and emotional pain and suffering.You shouldn’t have to bear the burden of someone else’s irresponsible choices. Get in touch with our personal injury lawyers in Sarasota today, and let us help you navigate your path to recovery and justice.

Call us at (941) 366-9725 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Potential Damages Available to Sarasota Drunk Driving Accident Victims

After a drunk driving accident, it’s not just about recovering physically – it’s also about finding a way to move forward in life. If you’re a victim of such a harrowing incident, you may have the right to seek financial compensation for various damages. This compensation can help you cope with the financial strain that often follows such accidents.

Here are some forms of compensation that you might be entitled to:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes costs for emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and any future medical care you may need related to the accident.
  • Lost Wages: If your injuries prevent you from working, temporarily or permanently, you could be compensated for your lost income and any potential future earnings.
  • Property Damage: If your vehicle or other property was damaged in the accident, you might be compensated for repair or replacement costs.
  • Pain and Suffering: This refers to the physical pain and emotional distress you’ve suffered due to the drunk driver. It considers the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and the duration of your recovery.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases where the conduct of the drunk driver was particularly egregious, a jury might award punitive damages. These are intended to punish the offender and deter similar behavior in the future.

At The Ruth Law Team, we believe that you should focus on your recovery while we focus on getting you the justice you deserve. Remember, you’re more than a statistic – you’re a person who’s been wronged, and we’re here to help right that wrong.

Reach out to us today and let us help you understand your rights and the compensation you may be entitled to. Together, we can pave the path toward a more secure future.

Next Steps After a Drunk Driving Accident

In the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, it’s normal to feel shocked, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. We at The Ruth Law Team understand the complexity and stress of these moments. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the necessary steps to protect your interests and rights.

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention: The first priority is always your health. Even if you don’t feel injured, getting checked out by a healthcare professional is crucial. Some injuries may not present symptoms immediately but can have long-term effects.
  • Document the Scene: If you’re physically able, collect as much evidence as possible from the accident scene. This includes pictures of the vehicles involved, your injuries, and any other relevant details like weather conditions and traffic signals. Also, collect the contact information of any witnesses.
  • Contact Law Enforcement: Report the accident to the local police. They will document the scene and create an official report. This report can be vital when you seek compensation for your damages.
  • Reach Out to Your Attorney: Consult with a qualified personal injury attorney before speaking to any insurance company. While seemingly helpful, insurance companies are often looking to minimize their payouts. Your attorney can help you navigate these conversations, upholding your rights.
  • Keep a Record: Maintain a file of all related documents, including medical bills, loss of wages, and any other accident-related expenses. These will be crucial when demonstrating the financial impact of the accident.
  • Be Mindful of What You Say: Avoid discussing the accident details with anyone other than your attorney. Anything you say can be used against you in your case.

The Ruth Law Team is here to help you navigate this challenging time. We’re more than just car accident attorneys; we’re advocates who stand by your side, protecting your rights and helping you seek justice. Contact us today, and let us guide you on the road to recovery and compensation.

Call us at (941) 366-9725 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

When it comes to dealing with insurance companies after a drunk driving accident, caution is key. It may seem natural to call your insurance company right after the incident, but it’s important to remember that insurance adjusters work for the insurance company, not for you. Their primary goal is to minimize the company’s financial liability, which can often mean minimizing your settlement. Before speaking with any insurance company, it’s wise to first consult with your attorney. They can provide guidance, manage communication with the insurance company, and help ensure that your rights are protected and your claim is represented fairly.

Additional Drunk Driving Accident Resources

Can I recover damages for loss of consortium?

When an individual is injured in a crash, the physical and emotional toll can be significant. However, the impact of the injury can extend beyond the individual, affecting their relationships and the way they interact with their loved ones. Loss of consortium is a legal term used to describe the damage to a person’s relationship with their spouse or partner as a result of their injury. If... read more?

What if the drunk driver was driving a government vehicle?

If you have been hit by an intoxicated driver in  a government vehicle, such as a police car or fire truck, you may have a legal claim for compensation. However, there are certain rules and limitations that apply when suing the government, so it's important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process. Here's what you need to know about suing the... read more?

Can I recover damages for scarring or disfigurement?

If you have suffered scarring or disfigurement as a result of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Here's what you need to know: Types of damages: Scarring and disfigurement are considered "special damages" in personal injury cases, meaning that they are specific, measurable losses that can be compensated for. Other types of special damages include medical expenses and lost... read more?

Contact Our Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Navigating the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be a daunting journey, but you don’t have to walk it alone. Our compassionate and seasoned attorneys at The Ruth Law Team are here to stand by your side, listen to your story, and relentlessly advocate for your rights. With over 40 years of experience serving Sarasota, we understand the complexities of such cases and are committed to helping you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact The Ruth Law Team at (941) 366-9725 for a free case review.

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Our Sarasota Injury Law Offices

A key part of your journey to justice is having a trusted and accessible team of attorneys by your side. The Ruth Law Team’s offices are strategically located in Sarasota to provide personalized and effective representation for our clients. Speak with an experienced drunk driving rear-end accident attorney to discuss your case where you can feel heard, understood, and assured that you have a tenacious advocate in your corner.

Contact our Sarasota office:

Physical Address:
677 North Washington Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34236
By Appointment Only
(941) 366-9725

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 16847
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

About The Ruth Law Team

For over 40 years, The Ruth Law Team has been helping those who were injured due to an accident, defective product, nursing home abuse, and more. If you or someone you love was wrongfully hurt, The Ruth Law Team will guide and support you through the legal process.

Our team of passionate and experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for what you deserve. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys and have your case evaluated, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (941) 366-9725. Our lines are open 24/7.

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