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DUI Accidents

The act of driving while intoxicated is inexcusable and when it results in an accident, the lasting damage can be devastating. Victims involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver are entitled to compensation to put their life back on track and help recover from the injuries and damages they have sustained.

A DUI Accident Attorney is familiar with the nuances of how to handle an accident caused by a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a DUI accident, a DUI Accident Lawyer can help. We know what you are going through and understand the extremely stressful and sometimes challenging legal, medical and personal issues that lie ahead.

St Petersburg DUI Attorney

Renowned DUI Accident Lawyers to Help You Recover

Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas can help you get the settlement and compensation that you need and rightfully deserve. As partners at the Tier 1 Law Firm, Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., they have been repeatedly recognized by their peers, courts and the community as premier lawyers in Personal Injury Law.

Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., has been providing exceptional legal assistance to the St Petersburg community for over 60 years. McQuaid and Douglas are familiar with the fine details of DUI accidents and can provide you with the professional service you are desperate for during this hard time.

Florida Drunk Driver Laws

In Florida, driving under the influence is when a driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. The BAC limit for those under 21 is just 0.02% and 0.04% for commercial drivers of any age. Alternatively, a driver can be considered under the influence if his or her normal faculties are impaired.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida results in more than 16,000 accidents a year. A shocking 11,000 people are injured and nearly 1,000 killed in these preventable accidents. In the U.S. over 1.4 million drivers are arrested and charged with DUI, every year. [SOURCE] Common Damages under Florida Law for Drink Driving Accidents:

Damages caused by DUI driving accidents range from being extremely severe, such as death or brain damage, to often overlooked damages such as lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Here are some common damages in DUI accidents that you may have suffered and may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses (Past and future, since the date of the accident)
  • These costs can be anything from surgery to hospital expenses, drugs and therapy
  • Lost wages since the date of the accident
  • Past and future Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Mental anguish and trauma
  • Potential punitive damages
  • Wrongful Death

If there was a fatality, then survivors may be able to receive compensation for their suffering. Survivors can include children, parents and partners who have suffered and also lost financial support.

Common victims of DUI Accidents:

Injured victims in DUI Incidents are not always other drivers of the vehicles the DUI driver crashed into, but they can also include:

  • Passengers
  • Bystander or Pedestrians
  • Bicyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Emergency Service Employees

DUI AttorneyWho is liable following a DUI Accident?

Not only can a drunk driver be held liable in civil court for monetary damages a drunk driver may also receive penalties including fines, probation or jail and the suspension or loss of their driver’s license. Other parties may also be liable for the drunk driver these can include:

  • The person who sold or distributed the alcohol.
  • Owners of the vehicle (For example, if a friend gave the driver permission to drive their car).
  • Employers (If the accident occurred within the scope of the driver’s employment).

When is the deadline for receiving compensation?

In Florida, all causes of action have a deadline called ‘The Statute of Limitations’. This law requires that all lawsuits involving negligence must be filed no later than four years after the date of the accident. For a fatality, it is two years after the time of death.

It is crucial to act quickly to ensure plenty of time to pursue all avenues of redress. If the deadline passes you could be left without the ability to seek compensation for your damages.

Why you should hire a DUI Accident Attorney:

We understand that after an accident, especially one caused by a DUI driver, you will have questions, need medical care and require help to navigate the sometimes complex web of insurance coverages. This accident was brought upon you due to a reckless decision of another driver. A DUI Lawyer will be dedicated to seeking the compensation you deserve, to cover your injuries and recoverable damages and most importantly bring you peace of mind. Attorneys who seek justice for DUI victims will:

  • Deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Avoid the chance of being exploited by insurance companies and lawyers who want you to buckle under pressure and except a low settlement.
  • Gather the necessary evidence for a case, and preserve it.
  • Pursue potential punitive damages.
  • Understand the fine details of Florida law and how to present a case for the best outcome.
  • Be your advocate throughout the entire process, providing you with peace of mind and guidance.

With Sean McQuaid & Jonathon Douglas, you have experienced personal injury attorneys dealing with Personal Injury Claims and accidents such as DUI Accidents. We will not only give you a much-needed open hand during this tough time, but we will also give you the best chance to recover the compensation you deserve.


I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law firm.read more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not disappoint.read more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17

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Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas are experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in St. Petersburg.  We have handed countless motorcycle claims over the decades.  We can help you and your family through this difficult time.  If you have a question about whether you have a claim, or have any questions, please contact us for a free consultation.  We always will put your best interests first.

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