Were you recently involved in a car accident with a drunk driver in Tampa, Florida? Don’t hesitate to call Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers. You may be entitled to compensation from an insurance company, the drunk driver, or another liable party. Our Tampa drunk driving accident lawyers can help you pursue maximum compensation.
For decades, our car accident attorneys in Tampa have been dedicated to helping victims of drunk driving accidents in Tampa, FL make things right after life-changing collisions. Thanks to our 50+ years of experience and tough, aggressive approach to litigation, we’ve won over $100 million on behalf of clients like you.
Don’t let the drunk driver off the hook for the harm they’ve caused. Contact our law office in Tampa, FL, at (813) 686-7588 and discover how we can help you get the monetary award you deserve. Your initial case evaluation is free, so contact us to get started today.
How Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers Can Help After an Accident With a Drunk Driver
How can you prove the other driver was drunk? What if they’re charged with a DUI? Who’s going to be responsible for your medical bills and loss of income? What can you do if the drunk driver (or their insurance provider) tries to blame you?
You don’t have to struggle to find the answers to these questions on your own. In fact, the best thing you can do right now is turn to an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer for help.
At Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, we know how tough it can be to move forward after a devastating (and avoidable) accident. Our team is ready to give you every opportunity you need to not just win your drunk driving injury case but get every cent you deserve.
You take this time to get back on your feet, and our award-winning Florida trial attorneys will handle everything else:
- Investigate your car accident and gather critical pieces of evidence
- Consult with accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and other experts
- Defend against claims that you were negligent and contributed to the drunk driving crash
- Prepare and submit appropriate claims with the insurer and/or Hillsborough County Court Clerk
- Handle negotiations with insurance companies, the drunk driver (or their representatives), and other parties on your behalf
If insurance benefits aren’t enough to cover the costs of your drunk driving accident injuries – if the insurance company denies your claim – our Tampa personal injury lawyers will be ready to bring your case to trial. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that you’re fully compensated for your devastating drunk driving accident injuries.
Your first consultation is free, and our team works on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid unless we win your drunk driving accident case. Call our law office in Tampa, Florida to get started today.
How Common Are Drunk Driving Accidents in Tampa?
According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), 3,583 citations for driving under the influence (DUI) were issued to drivers in Hillsborough County in 2021.
There were at least 575 reports of DUI accidents resulting in property damage or personal injury. At least 16 DUI accidents resulted in serious physical injuries.
Another 15 people were arrested for DUI manslaughter after being involved in fatal drunk driving accidents in Tampa and surrounding cities in Hillsborough County.
That’s about one serious physical injury and one death resulting from drunk driving accidents in and around Tampa every month. About one or two drunk driving accidents resulting in property damage and moderate injuries happen in the area every day.
Who’s Liable for My Injuries After a Tampa Drunk Driving Car Accident?
Since Florida is a no-fault state, you’ll seek benefits from your insurance company after an accident. This is true, even though the drunk driver caused the collision. Your PIP benefits will cover 80 percent of your medical bills and 60 percent of your lost wages.
If you purchased the minimum amount of car insurance required by Florida law, there’s a good chance that your policy won’t cover the full costs of your drunk driving accident.
If your costs exceed your policy limits and your injuries are classified as severe, you reserve the right to seek additional compensation from other parties.
Potentially liable parties can include the drunk driver and anyone else who may have contributed to the car accident – like other motorists, employers, government agencies, vehicle manufacturers, or property owners.
Our drunk driving accident attorneys in Tampa will work to ensure that you exhaust every avenue for compensation after your collision.
How Do I Win a Drunk Driving Accident Case in Tampa, FL?
It’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida. Under the influence can mean that a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the legal limit of .08 percent or that consumption of drugs or alcohol has impaired their ability to drive safely.
When a driver is drunk, they fail to satisfy the duty of care they owe you (and others). If they cause or contribute to an accident, they can be held legally accountable for the resulting consequences of their negligence.
If the driver receives a citation for DUI after your accident, you can use this to establish negligence per se. Simply put, it’s evidence that they violated a law that was intended to prevent the kind of accident (and injuries) that happened. In turn, you simply have to prove that you sustained injuries and damages in the drunk driving accident.
Evidence that can be helpful in a drunk driving case includes receipts for the purchase and consumption of alcohol shortly before the accident, field sobriety test results, breathalyzer or urinalysis test results, witness statements, and police reports.
Our Tampa car accident attorneys will work hard to build a strong claim that proves the drunk driver’s negligence by a preponderance of the evidence – the burden of proof for civil drunk driving cases in Florida.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Trusted Tampa Car Crash Attorney
You’ll have just two years to file a lawsuit for injuries (as of March 24, 2023) and two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim after a drunk driving accident in Tampa, FL. It’s important to act quickly, or you’ll lose the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers can help. Call our Tampa drunk driving accident attorneys for immediate legal assistance. We’re standing by to provide help and schedule your free consultation today.
Common Car Accident Claims We Handle
At Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of car accident claims in Tampa, including:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Head-on crashes
- Highway crashes
- Intersection crashes
- Lane change accidents
- Left turn accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Red and yellow light crashes
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Road defects
- Rollover accidents
- Self-driving accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents
- Speeding accidents
- Uninsured motorists claims
- U-turn crashes
Additional Car Accident Resources and Information
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