Navigating the aftermath of a fatal accident is a journey no one should have to endure alone. At The Ruth Law Team, we deeply recognize the heartache, confusion, and overwhelming strain such a tragedy brings. As your Sarasota companions in this daunting legal process, we strive to be more than just your attorneys – we aim to be your support system, a beacon of hope, and a force for justice.

The loss of a loved one is irreplaceable. It’s more than just a case to us. It’s about standing up for you and your loved one when it feels as if the world is against you.

We’re here to lighten that load. With a rich history spanning over four decades, we’ve walked alongside families in Sarasota, Florida, easing their way through the legal complexities that accompany fatal accidents. Our role is to provide clarity, to shoulder the legal burdens, and to relentlessly seek justice on behalf of those you’ve lost.

We invite you to reach out to us at The Ruth Law Team. Allow us to understand your situation, answer your questions, and explore the best way forward during a free, no-obligation consultation. With our compassionate team by your side, you don’t have to face this journey alone.

Let’s start a conversation today – to discuss your case with a Sarasota fatal 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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See What Our Clients Are Saying

My wife and I were very satisfied with Ruth Law Firm and their handling of our lawsuit regarding my motorcycle accident. They were always courteous and communicated with us in a timely manner whenever we needed assistance or clarification during the legal proceedings. We were satisfied with the final settlement and would not hesitate to use their services in the future if the need should arise. Thank you.

Lee M.
St. Petersburg

They are the best car accident attorneys. Call them first! Will def spread the word.

Lilly M.

Yes, I did a good decision in hire The Ruth Law team , they handle my accident situation and my case fast and with a good outcome , I’m glad and also recommend their firm to you in case you need representation.
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St. Petersburg

The Ruth Law Team was there for me from the day of my accident to the very end. The day after my accident they sent an investigator to my home to get the details of the accident. Which was amazing because I was in so much pain there is no way I could have gone to their office. They fought for me every step of the way and I am eternally grateful. They literally had to do so much work on my behalf. I can't thank them enough for turning a very traumatic event in my life into a supportive and nurturing experience. Nicole was my go to and she was phenomenal. She checked on me regularly and kept me up to date on the case. Thank you!

Stephanie J.

The Ruth Law Team helped me through a personal injury claim. They were very professional, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Anyone looking for an honest firm to aid them in their time of need, I would feel positive to recommend they come to Ruth Law. My paralegal was Nicole and she is awesome!

Jimmy N.

I am very impressed how the Ruth Law team handled my motor vehicle accident. Eric Roslansky was a great lawyer who showed compassion for my injuries and well being. Always there to answer any concerns or questions I had along the way. The office staff very friendly and courteous. Would recommend them to others.

Migdalia R.

Every time I have spoken with the staff at The Ruth Law Team, they have been very cordial and professional. They provided me with the necessary information to make the best decision for me and my family. I definitely recommend The Ruth Law Team of attorneys for auto accident help.

James H.
St. Petersburg

Ruth Law Firm helped my 90 year old dad and disabled brother with injuries sustained in a car accident. His attorney Amy was patient, kind, and her personal service was amazing. Paralegal Patricia was so efficient and kept me informed. Finally, Ruth Law Firm’s recovery was above and beyond our expectations. For their professionalism and their excellence, I would recommend Ruth Law Firm to everyone- call them first. I am so grateful for how they helped my dad.

Mona M.
St. Petersburg

The Ruth Law Team recently helped me through a very stressful situation following my car accident. They kept me well informed every step of the way. Jessica and Nicole are both helpful and responded quickly to any questions I had. Thank you so much.


Why Should You Choose The Ruth Law Team?


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


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


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

Our Fatal Accident Case Results


Settlement for Family of Man Killed by a Negligent Driver

We obtained more than a million-dollar settlement for the family after their loved one was killed by a negligent driver. Our client was proceeding through a green light when another… read more?

Settlement for a family after a company failed to properly secure a truckload of pallets

We represented the family of a gentleman who tragically passed after a motorcycle crash. This family contacted us when their loved one, who was riding his motorcycle, collided with a… read more?

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?

Verdict For Family Of Man Killed By A Negligent Driver

A 27 year old male was tragically killed on his motorcycle while riding on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in south St. Petersburg, FL. A graduate of the United States… read more?

Settlement For Auto Accident

Our client’s car was struck by a driver who ran a red light resulting in a closed head injury and a shoulder tear.

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?

Rollover Accident

We settled this case for $810,000 after our client was injured in a car crash in Tampa. The at-fault driver failed to stop at a red light, causing our client’s car to roll over two times before coming to a rest.

Settlement for Client Injured by a Lyft Driver

Our client was struck when a Lyft driver ran stop sign and hit her while crossing the intersection, resulting in neck and back injuries.

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.

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

Fatal Accident Aftermath

The aftermath of a fatal car crash is far-reaching and deeply impactful. These repercussions are multi-faceted, intertwining emotional, financial, and legal aspects that can persist long after the accident. Here’s a list of some potential consequences that may arise following such a tragic event:

  • Emotional Trauma: Unexpectedly losing a loved one can result in profound grief and trauma. The emotional pain often takes time to heal and can manifest in various ways, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Financial Stress: Fatal accidents often precipitate unforeseen financial burdens, including funeral and burial expenses, loss of a significant income source, and potential medical bills associated with the accident.
  • Legal Process: Surviving family members are often thrust into the complex world of legal procedures, such as dealing with insurance companies, filing wrongful death lawsuits, and navigating through an unfamiliar labyrinth of laws and regulations.
  • Loss of Support and Companionship: The absence of the deceased’s emotional support, care, guidance, and companionship can be a devastating consequence of a fatal accident.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Family members may be forced to adjust to new realities—moving homes, changing schools, modifying routines—all of which can add to the burden of grief.
  • Heirs’ and Beneficiaries’ Claims: Legal disputes can arise over the deceased’s estate, causing additional stress to the grieving family and potentially requiring litigation to resolve.
  • Counseling and Therapy: Professional mental health support may become necessary to help family members cope with their loss, adding to the list of unforeseen expenses.

Navigating these complexities while grieving can seem like an insurmountable task, but you do not have to face this daunting journey alone. At The Ruth Law Team, we are ready to walk alongside you. With our extensive experience handling wrongful death cases, we aim to relieve you of the legal burdens and help you navigate through these difficult times.

Remember, your pain is valid, and your feelings matter. Seeking justice is not just about legal procedures; it’s about honoring the life of your loved one and helping you find a path toward healing. In your darkest hour, The Ruth Law Team stands as a beacon of hope, ready to illuminate the path to justice.

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

Potential Damages Available to Sarasota Fatal Accident Victims’ Families

A wrongful death lawsuit can yield various forms of compensation to help alleviate some of the burdens following the loss of your loved one. While no amount of compensation can replace the person you lost, it can aid in addressing the practical challenges that arise from this life-altering event. Here are some forms of potential compensation:

  • Medical and Funeral Expenses: These encompass the costs for any medical care the deceased received due to the accident, as well as expenses related to the funeral and burial.
  • Loss of Income: This seeks to compensate for the loss of expected earnings the deceased would have provided had they lived.
  • Pain and Suffering: This compensation recognizes the emotional distress endured by the surviving family members due to the loss.
  • Loss of Consortium: Spouses may receive compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, comfort, and intimate relationship.
  • Loss of Services and Support: This covers the monetary value of services the deceased used to provide, such as childcare, household chores, and more.
  • Counseling and Therapy Costs: This compensates for the costs associated with mental health support needed to cope with the emotional trauma following the accident.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases where the at-fault party’s actions were particularly reckless or negligent, additional damages might be awarded to deter similar behavior in the future.

At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that taking legal action is a deeply personal decision. If you choose to walk this path, we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way, striving to secure the compensation you deserve in memory of your loved one.

Next Steps After a Fatal Accident

In the wake of a fatal accident, the emotional upheaval and unexpected responsibilities can leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed. While nothing can truly prepare you for this tragic event, having a set of steps to follow can provide some structure and guidance during this difficult time:

  • Secure Legal Representation: Before communicating with insurance companies about your loved one’s death, consult an attorney. Legal professionals like The Ruth Law Team can provide invaluable guidance to protect your interests during this complex process.
  • Document Financial Impact: Keep a record of all expenses related to the accident. This includes out of pocket expenses and funeral costs. This documentation will be essential in the pursuit of any compensation claims.
  • Cooperate with Your Legal Team: Provide your attorney with all the necessary information and documentation. Their expertise is invaluable; your cooperation will enable them to represent your interests effectively.
  • Avoid Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Let your attorney handle all communication with insurance companies. Insurers often aim to minimize payouts, and your attorney can ensure your rights are protected.
  • File a Wrongful Death Claim: If appropriate, your attorney can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for your loss.
  • Seek Emotional Support: Reach out to loved ones, professional counselors, or support groups to help cope with your grief. Remember, seeking help and taking care of your emotional health during this challenging time is okay.

Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. At The Ruth Law Team, we are here to provide support, guidance, and diligent legal representation as you navigate this challenging path. We stand ready to help you seek justice, allowing you the space to focus on healing and remembering your loved one.

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

Should You Talk to the Insurance Company

When dealing with the aftermath of a fatal accident, speaking directly to the insurance company may seem like the next logical step. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution. Insurance companies operate to minimize payouts. Their representatives are trained to protect the company’s interests, which might not align with your own. It’s advisable to first consult with your legal representative before communicating with the insurance company. A seasoned death and injury attorney from The Ruth Law Team can help you navigate these conversations, ensuring your rights are protected and that you are not pressured into accepting a settlement that doesn’t fully address the financial impact of your loss.

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Additional Fatal Accident Resources

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal accident?

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident can be an overwhelming and devastating experience. It is even more difficult when the accident was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person or party. In such cases, the family members of the deceased may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their losses. So, who can file a wrongful death lawsuit after a... read more?

What is the statute of limitations for filing a fatal accident claim?

When a loved one dies in a fatal accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, one of the most important things to know is the statute of limitations for your case. The statute of limitations is the time period in which you are allowed to file a claim, and it varies depending on the state and the circumstances of the case. Here... read more?

What is the average settlement for a fatal accident case?

When a loved one dies in a fatal accident, it can be a devastating experience for their family and friends. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering, there may also be financial losses, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income. Many people wonder what the average settlement is for a fatal accident case, but the truth is that there is no set amount. Every case is unique,... read more?

Contact Our Fatal Accident Attorneys

Having a steadfast ally by your side can make all the difference when the unthinkable occurs. That’s where The Ruth Law Team steps in. With over 40 years of experience serving the Sarasota community, our accident attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of fatal accident cases. We’re more than just your legal representatives—we’re partners in your journey toward justice and healing. If a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident, our compassionate and dedicated team is ready to help shoulder the burden. Contact us today at (941) 366-9725 for a free, no-obligation consultation – we are here to help you navigate this difficult journey, and you pay no fees unless we win your case.

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Our Sarasota Injury Law Offices

We understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your family. Losing a loved one to a fatal accident is not something you should go through alone. Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers has worked diligently to fight for the rights of those who’ve suffered the pain of a fatal accident. 

We offer free, no-obligation consultations, both in-person and virtually, and are ready to serve your legal needs with compassion and dedication. As we have for more than 40 years, The Ruth Law Team is committed to fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. Reach out to us today, and let us guide you through this difficult time.

Contact our 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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