Nothing can prepare you for the shock and trauma following a drunk driving accident. These moments can change lives forever, leading to physical pain, emotional turmoil, and mounting bills. At The Ruth Law Team in Tampa, we genuinely understand your distress. With over 40 years of experience, we’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating aftermath these crashes can bring.

Tampa residents deserve justice and a chance to rebuild after such life-altering events. If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver, know you’re not alone. Allow our dedicated team of Tampa injury attorneys to stand beside you, guiding you through every step and working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

Ready to make the first move toward healing and justice? Reach out to The Ruth Law Team today for a no-obligation consultation.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

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Why Should You Choose The Ruth Law Team?


We have over four decades of experience representing drunk driving accident victims in Tampa, 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 Drunk Driving Accident Case Results


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?

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?

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?

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.

Crash Resulting in Neck, Shoulder, and Back Injuries

Our attorneys recovered $375,000 for a client who was involved in a crash after another driver made a left turn in front of her.  The crash resulted in neck, shoulder,… read more?

Rear-End Collision Settlement

Settlement received for our client who was rear ended on the highway. The vehicle rolled several times and the victim sustained multiple fractures and lacerations.

Settlement for Bicyclist Hit by Park Ranger

$90,000 recovered for our client who was a bicyclist hit by a Pinellas County park ranger. The Ruth Law Team achieved a favorable settlement against Pinellas County for the negligence of their employee who injured… read more?

Driver Rear Ended While Stopped in Traffic

Verdict of $275K obtained for a driver rear ended at high rate of speed while stopped in traffic for a school bus. Our client sustained significant injury to his knee, resulting in surgery as well… read more?

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?

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

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Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents are known for their violent impact, often resulting in severe and sometimes life-altering injuries. While every incident is unique, there are common injuries that victims frequently sustain. Recognizing and understanding these injuries can be crucial in seeking appropriate medical attention and legal justice.

  • Whiplash: Often a result of rear-end collisions, whiplash is a neck injury caused by a forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): These can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage, often due to the head striking an object or rapid deceleration.
  • Bone Fractures: Arms, legs, ribs, and wrists are particularly susceptible to breaks in drunk driving crashes.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can result in partial or complete paralysis.
  • Internal Bleeding: Not always immediately noticeable, internal bleeding can be a deadly consequence of violent impacts.
  • Lacerations and Bruises: These can range from minor scrapes to deep cuts, often from broken glass or metal debris.
  • Burn Injuries: Fires or explosions following a crash can cause varying degrees of burns.
  • Psychological Trauma: The mental impact, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression, can be as significant as physical injuries.

The devastation of a drunk driving accident doesn’t end with the immediate event. The road to recovery, both physically and emotionally, can be long and challenging. Victims are better equipped to advocate for their health and rights by understanding the possible injuries. At The Ruth Law Team, we’re here to support you on this journey, working to get you the justice and care you deserve.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

Potential Damages Available to Tampa Drunk Driving Accident Victims

The financial burden can feel insurmountable in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. Alongside emotional and physical trauma, victims often face steep medical bills, property damage, and more. Pursuing legal action can provide a means to alleviate some of these financial pressures. Here’s a look at some potential compensations that victims might receive if they choose to file a claim:

  • Medical Expenses: This may cover hospital bills, surgeries, medications, physiotherapy, and any future medical treatments related to the accident.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Serious injuries may require prolonged physical or occupational therapy.
  • Lost Wages: If you or your loved one cannot work due to injuries or hospitalization, you maybe able to seek compensation for lost wages. 
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If the accident affects your ability to earn at the same capacity as before, you could have a claim for loss of earning capacity
  • Property Damage: If you’re hit by a drunk driver, their insurance should provide reimbursement for damages to your vehicle or other personal property.
  • Pain and Suffering: This refers to compensation for physical pain and emotional distress you’ve endured as a result of the accident.
  • Mental Anguish: A mental anguish claim recognizes the psychological impacts of the accident, which could include symptoms like anxiety, depression, or sleep disturbances.
  • Punitive Damages: These types of damages are awarded in cases where the at-fault party’s behavior was particularly reckless or negligent. It’s designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior.

While no amount of compensation can truly make up for the trauma and losses sustained in a drunk driving accident, it can provide some financial relief and a sense of justice. The Ruth Law Team is committed to guiding victims through the complex legal process, working diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Next Steps After a Drunk Driving Accident

Navigating the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be overwhelming. Amidst the shock and emotions, taking specific, organized steps is vital to ensure your safety, well-being, and legal rights are upheld. Here’s a roadmap to guide you:

  • Prioritize Safety: If possible, move to a safe location away from traffic. Turn on hazard lights and set up emergency flares or cones if you have them.
  • Call 911: Even if you feel okay, getting a professional medical evaluation is crucial. Some injuries might not manifest immediately. Additionally, there should always be documentation of the other driver’s intoxication.
  • Document Everything: Capture photos of the accident scene, vehicle damages, visible injuries, and any factors that might have contributed to the accident. Collect names and contact details of witnesses, especially if they can attest to the other driver’s intoxication.
  • Speak with an Attorney Before Anyone Else: Before reaching out to insurance companies, it’s critical to consult with a drunk driving attorney, like those at The Ruth Law Team. They can provide essential guidance on how to communicate without jeopardizing your case.
  • Maintain Records: Keep track of all medical appointments, treatments, expenses, and any other accident-related documents. This will be invaluable for both your attorney and potential compensation claims.

While the moments and days following a drunk driving accident are challenging, taking systematic steps can significantly impact your recovery and legal outcomes. At The Ruth Law Team, we’re here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring that your rights are protected and you’re positioned for the best possible outcome.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

Before speaking to any insurance representative, it’s highly advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney. Attorneys, like those at The Ruth Law Team, can offer guidance on what to share, ensuring your statements don’t inadvertently harm your claim or reduce potential compensation. Speak to an attorney even before contacting your own insurance company.

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 complex and emotionally taxing journey. Whether you’re overwhelmed with medical bills, grappling with physical and emotional trauma, or seeking justice against those responsible, The Ruth Law Team is here to support you. With over four decades of experience in Tampa, our car accident attorneys are deeply committed to standing by your side, providing expert guidance, and relentlessly pursuing the justice you deserve. Contact The Ruth Law Team at (813) 212-3765 for a free case review.

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The Ruth Law Team has proudly served Tampa Bay residents for over four decades.

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.

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Physical Address:
511 West Bay Street #450
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 212-3765

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 (813) 212-3765. Our lines are open 24/7.

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