There are few things more frustrating than knowing your pain and suffering could have been prevented if another person had made better decisions or acted more carefully. At Distasio Law Firm, our team understands the stress and frustration you feel after suffering injuries in a Sarasota collision caused by a drunk driver.
Let us review your case, explain your options, and possibly help you hold the at-fault driver accountable. A Sarasota drunk driving accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you navigate the claims process and recover a payout for your accident-related losses and expenses.
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Let Our Team Help You Understand Your Options After a Drunk Driving Collision in Sarasota
If we work together on your case, you can trust your Sarasota drunk driving accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm to always put your best interests first. We want to help our clients hold the drunk driver who caused their injuries, financial stress, pain and suffering, and other losses accountable for their actions.
A car accident lawyer in Sarasota from Distasio Law Firm may be able to seek a payout on your behalf based on your specific expenses and losses. You can learn more about this process and how we help accident victims through this stressful and difficult time during your free case review. Call
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Understanding Criminal Versus Civil Drunk Driving Cases
When people consider the implications of drunk driving, they generally first think of the criminal penalties the driver could face. Florida takes drunk driving seriously, and someone who drinks then drives and causes an accident could face:
- Misdemeanor charges under Florida Statute § 316.193(3)
- Felony charges under Florida Statute § 775.082
However, this has little to do with helping you pay for your medical care or take care of other expenses. To hold the driver responsible for your damages, you will need to pursue a civil case against them. This is generally possible in one of two ways:
- Filing an insurance claim based on their bodily injury liability coverage
- Filing a lawsuit and going to court in a civil trial
In the same way that you will not recover compensation in a criminal court, the driver will not go to jail for the findings of a civil court. However, both cases are important for holding the driver accountable.
The burden of proof is lower in civil cases than in criminal cases. To recover compensation for our clients, we do not need to prove the driver was drunk, driving, and caused the accident. While a verdict in a criminal court can support our claim, it is not necessary. We can still hold the driver responsible if we can show they caused the accident, regardless of their state of impairment.
You can trust the Distasio Law Firm team to assess your drunk driving accident case and determine your options for holding the at-fault driver accountable. If we represent you, we provide the financial support and time dedication necessary to build a solid case and pursue damages with no upfront investment from your family. We only get paid from the financial recovery we secure in your case, never out of your pocket.
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Recoverable Damages Following a Drunk Driving Collision in Sarasota
At Distasio Law Firm, we believe accountability is important. You should not have to foot the bill for your accident-related expenses when you did not cause the accident. The driver who made the careless, foolish, or reckless mistake, especially one as preventable as drunk driving, should be responsible. This is exactly why we pursue civil cases on behalf of our clients.
By filing an insurance claim or other civil action against the driver who caused your crash, we can often recover money damages that include a range of accident-related expenses and losses. This could include:
- Treatment, related expenses, and future medical needs
- Lost wages, other income, benefits, and diminished ability to earn
- Expenses paid out of pocket
- Property damages
- Non-economic losses such as pain and suffering
When a victim passes away from their injuries following a drunk driving crash, a wrongful death action may be warranted. Under Florida Statute § 768.21, the personal representative of a victim can seek additional payouts on behalf of surviving members of the immediate family, including their spouse, children, and parents. We can help you with your claim if this is a good option for your family.
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You Have a Limited Time To Take Legal Action to Hold the Driver Accountable
Per Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), drunk driving accident victims only have a limited time to begin the process of taking their case to court. Most claims settle before this becomes necessary, but we do sometimes need to file a lawsuit and represent our clients to a Sarasota County civil court judge.
Generally, accident victims have four years to file a personal injury suit and two years for a wrongful death action. However, there are exceptions to these rules, and you may have a different timeline that applies to your case. Contact us as early as your injuries allow to ensure you do not miss your chance.
Speak To Our Team About Your Sarasota Drunk Driving Crash
A Sarasota drunk driving accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to represent you in the claims process and recover a payout that justly compensates you for your injuries and losses. Reach out and speak with a team member about your potential case today. We can assess your legal standing and may be able to help you hold the drunk driver accountable for their reckless actions.
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