If an intoxicated driver caused your injuries, a Bradenton drunk driving accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you hold the driver responsible so you can receive compensation for your losses. When it comes to drunk driving, our team believes in accountability. We seek to hold reckless and careless drivers responsible for their actions when they put the lives of others at risk.

If you hire us, we will work to prove your case, document the other driver’s role in what happened, and demonstrate to the insurance company or the court how much you lost as a result.

Let an experienced motor vehicle wreck attorney at the Distasio Law Firm review your case for free today. We can determine if you qualify for our representation in a drunk driving accident case based on contingency.

Drunk Driving: The Criminal Case Versus the Civil Case

When it comes to navigating the legal process surrounding a drunk driving accident, it often confuses accident victims that there are two legal cases they may have to deal with. This includes both the criminal and civil cases.

The Criminal Case Against the Drunk Driver

Florida has drunk driving laws that increase the penalties for driving under the influence if the driver causes an accident. This could include facing first-degree misdemeanor charges.

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While you may be interested in the outcome of the criminal case and you might be asked to testify, this focuses only on criminal penalties for the driver’s wrongdoing.

The Civil Case Against the Drunk Driver

The case against the at-fault driver that involves you more directly is the civil trial. Cases in civil court allow you to seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages due to your injuries. You will serve as the plaintiff in this case. There are generally two ways to hold a drunk driver accountable in a civil case:

  • Filing an insurance claim and reaching a just settlement with the insurer
  • Filing a lawsuit in civil court and presenting a strong case to the judge and jury

While a conviction in a criminal case may make proving liability easier in a civil case, it is not necessary. All you need to prove to recover compensation in a civil case is:

  • The other driver had a responsibility to follow traffic laws.
  • They failed to follow these laws, creating a risky situation for you and others.
  • Their failure to uphold their responsibility caused the accident.
  • You suffered financial losses and serious injuries as a result.

A diligent Bradenton drunk driving crash attorney may be able to prove your case and work to hold the drunk driver accountable, either in an out-of-court settlement or by winning a verdict in court. If we believe you suffered injuries because of a drunk driver’s negligent actions, you can count on us to commit the time and financial support necessary to secure a payout. You will only pay us a percentage of the settlement or award we recover, never out of your own pocket.

Recovering Compensation in a Bradenton Drunk Driving Accident

At Distasio Law Firm, we can document the damages you sustained and pursue compensation to cover them. This may include current and possible future losses. Some common damages we seek on our clients’ behalves include the following.

Drunk Driving Injury Accident Cases

The most common damages in a personal injury car accident case include the financial losses incurred by the victim, as well as their intangible, non-economic losses. Examples include:

  • Current and future medical treatment for the accident injuries.
  • Current and future lost income and benefits.
  • Reduced ability to earn for those unable to return to work.
  • Repair or replacement of a damaged vehicle.
  • Other property damages, often eyeglasses and smartphones.
  • Related out-of-pocket expenses documented by receipts.
  • Pain and suffering damages.
  • Mental anguish and other emotional damages.

Fatal Drunk Driving Accident Cases

In some cases, serious injuries or complications related to those injuries, such as infection, can cause a person to pass away after a car accident. Our condolences if you are facing these circumstances. You may be able to hold the drunk driver responsible if this happened to a member of your family, such as your spouse, child, or parent.

The rules outlining wrongful death actions, including who can file them and the recoverable damages are found in Florida Statute § 768.21. Our team of drunk driving wreck lawyers in Bradenton can help you navigate this process and claim any allowed damages.

Get to Work on Your Case Today

To learn if you qualify to hold the drunk driver who caused your Bradenton traffic accident responsible, call a knowledgeable legal professional at Distasio Law Firm. Under the state’s statute of limitations, Florida Statute § 95.11, we have a limited time to take legal action.

In that time, we must complete several steps before we will know if we need to file a lawsuit. This includes:

  • Identifying the liable party and building a case against them.
  • Documenting your damages and calculating fair compensation.
  • Negotiating with the insurance company to attempt an out-of-court settlement that compensates you fairly.

Only after we complete these steps and do not secure a just payout will we consider if a personal injury lawsuit is the best move to recover compensation on your behalf.

Talk With a Bradenton Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Now

A Bradenton drunk driving accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you with your civil case against the intoxicated driver who hit you and caused your injuries.

To learn more, speak with a member of the Distasio Law Firm today for free. Call now to get started.


Our main office is here in Downtown Tampa, Florida in the Channelside neighborhood. Office in Wesley Chapel and Largo are available by appointment only.

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