The moment of a car crash is always shocking, but learning that the person who caused it was under the influence of alcohol can add a whole new level of distress to the situation. While we often refer to it as a car “accident,” make no mistake about it. Getting behind the wheel and driving drunk is no accident. It is a choice. If a drunk driver has hit you or a loved one, we want you to know we are here to provide you with the legal support, guidance, and advocacy you need during these challenging times.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only a breach of law; it’s a reckless disregard for the safety of others. Victims of drunk driving accidents often suffer from severe injuries, emotional trauma, financial stress due to medical bills, and income loss. It’s crucial that you understand your rights in this situation and the potential compensation you could receive to aid in your recovery process.

Our dedicated and experienced team of personal injury attorneys based in St. Petersburg, Florida, are well-versed in handling cases involving drunk drivers. We are committed to seeking justice for our clients, pursuing the maximum compensation possible, and holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.

To discuss your case with a St. Pete drunk driving accident attorney, please call (727) 325-5155 or schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation online.

Call us at (727) 325-5155 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 St. Petersburg, 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 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.
$1,250,000

Girl Injured by Driver Who Ran a Red Light

We recovered 1.25 million dollars for a 12-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car when another driver ran a red light and hit the car in which she was riding.
$800,000

To Man’s Family After Tragic Loss Due To Motorcycle Collision With Road Debris

A 37 year-old man was riding his motorcycle on I-275 in Tampa, Florida when he struck a wood pallet causing him to be thrown up in the air before hitting… read more?
$275,000

Vehicle Struck by Commercial Truck

Amount recovered for car accident victim who was severely injured when her vehicle was hit by a commercial truck that crossed over into her lane. She experienced permanent neck, jaw and shoulder injuries and had… read more?
$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.
$100,000

Rear-End Collision Verdict

Verdict to a resolve a claim arising from a rear end collision.

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

Lesiones Comunes en Accidentes de Autobús

Drunk driving accidents can be particularly violent due to the driver’s impaired reaction times and decision-making skills, leading to a wide range of potential injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries victims of drunk driving accidents may sustain:

  • Head and Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions or more severe brain damage, can occur if the victim’s head violently hits a part of the vehicle or if the impact causes the brain to move within the skull.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: These can range from whiplash and herniated discs to more severe injuries that can lead to partial or complete paralysis.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: The force of an accident can easily break bones, particularly in the limbs, ribs, and facial area.
  • Internal Injuries: The impact of a collision can cause internal injuries, including damage to organs, internal bleeding, or even collapsed lungs.
  • Cuts and Lacerations: Shattered glass or metal debris can cause significant cuts and wounds, leading to potential scarring and infection.
  • Burns: If the accident results in a fire or explosion, victims can suffer from first to third-degree burns.
  • Psychological Injuries: Accidents can lead to mental and emotional injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.
  • Fatal Injuries: Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents can be severe enough to cause fatalities.

If you or a loved one has suffered from these or other injuries after being hit by a drunk driver, The Ruth Law Team is ready to help. We are prepared to fight for the compensation and support you in your recovery.

Call us at (727) 325-5155 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Potential Damages Available to St. Pete Drunk Driving Accident Victims

If you’ve suffered injuries due to a drunk driving accident in St. Petersburg, you may be entitled to seek compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Possible compensation can include:

  • Medical Expenses: This covers any current and anticipated future medical bills related to the accident, including surgery, hospital stays, physical therapy, medication, and necessary medical equipment.
  • Lost Wages: If your injuries cause you to miss work or reduce your ability to perform your job, you can claim lost earnings and future earning potential.
  • Pain and Suffering: This compensation covers the physical pain and discomfort endured due to the injuries.
  • Mental Anguish: If the accident caused psychological trauma, such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety, you may receive compensation.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If your injuries impact your ability to enjoy life or participate in activities you previously enjoyed, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • Property Damage: This covers the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle or other property damaged in the accident.
  • Punitive Damages: The court may award punitive damages in drunk driving cases. These are designed to punish the at-fault driver for their reckless behavior and deter others from similar actions.

Remember, each case is unique, and the precise nature and amount of compensation will depend on the specifics of your case. The Ruth Law Team has the experience and expertise to handle your drunk driving case, and we are committed to fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.

Next Steps After a Drunk Driving Accident

Navigating the aftermath of an accident caused by a drunk driver can be a daunting experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation:

  1. Ensure Safety: If possible, move to a safe location away from the traffic. If you’re seriously injured, stay still to avoid further injury until medical help arrives.
  2. Call 911: It’s crucial to get immediate medical attention and to have law enforcement document the scene. Even if your injuries don’t seem serious initially, some symptoms can appear later. You’ll also likely want to express your concerns that the other driver may be under the influence.
  3. Gather Evidence: If you are able, collect as much information from the scene as possible. Take photos of your vehicle’s damage, injuries, other driver’s vehicle, and the overall scene.
  4. Identify Witnesses: If anyone saw the accident happen, ask for their contact information. Their testimony could be valuable in your case.
  5. Cooperate with Law Enforcement: When the police arrive, provide a clear, concise account of the incident. 
  6. Consult a Personal Injury Attorney: A lawyer specializing in drunk driving cases can guide you through the legal process and ensure you pursue all the compensation you’re entitled to.
  7. Keep Track of Your Medical Treatment: Document all the medical care you receive, keep all bills and receipts, and note any changes in your health.

Our dedicated team of car accident attorneys in St. Petersburg is ready to provide the support and expertise you need in these challenging times. We’re committed to pursuing justice on your behalf and working to secure the maximum compensation for your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Call us at (727) 325-5155 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

We strongly advise you not to engage with any insurance company before consulting with your attorney. Any statement you provide could potentially be used against you. Instead, inform them that your attorney will handle all future communications.

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

If you or a loved one has been victimized by a drunk driver, you don’t have to face the aftermath alone. Our dedicated team of drunk driving accident attorneys is here to offer expert legal guidance and unwavering support. We’re committed to holding the responsible party accountable and fighting to secure the compensation you deserve for your physical, emotional, and financial recovery. With a free, no-obligation consultation and a promise that you pay no fees unless we win your case, taking the first step toward justice has never been easier. Contact The Ruth Law Team at (727) 325-5155 for a free case review.

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Our St. Petersburg Injury Law Offices

At The Ruth Law Team, we have a legacy that spans over 40 years. We have expertise in handling cases involving drunk driving accidents. Our attorneys are committed to examining your case thoroughly, providing knowledgeable guidance, and crafting an optimal strategy to pursue justice for you. Contact us today to let us put our expertise and resources to work for you during this challenging time.

We offer free in-person and virtual consultations and are ready to serve your legal needs with compassion and dedication. As we have for more than four decades, The Ruth Law Team remains committed to fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. Reach out to us today, and let us guide you through this challenging time.

Contact our main office:

Physical Address:
8600 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3104
By Appointment Only
(727) 325-5155

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 (727) 325-5155. Our lines are open 24/7.

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