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Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Our clients receive 3x more

Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a personal injury law firm with over $100,000,000 in verdicts and settlements. Over our 30-years in Melbourne, Florida, our award-winning lawyers have been recognized as a Top 100 National Lawyers in the nation and have been rated as a 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.

Bicycle accidents are some of the most damaging accidents to be in and require an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. If you or someone you love has suffered a bicycle crash call (321) 723-6591 to talk with our experienced accident attorneys. Your call is free and quick.

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Award-Winning Attorneys

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Douglas R. Beam P.A. has a reputation among insurance companies. For decades, our team of personal injury attorneys have successfully represented victims of bicycle accidents. We have taken on the world’s largest insurance companies and recovered over $100 Million Dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our team has a reputation for being experienced, well connected and successful. Doug Beam has scored huge verdicts with our managing attorney, Riley Beam, winning $28.5 million dollars in his first jury trial.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and are wondering if your bike crash is worth calling a lawyer, you can take this short quiz to see how to best move forward.

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“Riley and his team were amazing! They were with me after my accident and helped answer any questions I had! They were awesome and helped me throughout the whole ordeal! I would recommend them to anyone who is in need!
- Cassidy C.

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Surviving Family Awarded Six Figures

While waiting for a crosswalk to turn, a bicyclist was crushed by a truck. The surviving family approached us to represent them in a civil suit against the trucking company responsible for his death.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?

How we help after serious bicycle crashes

Did you know that some of the most dangerous stretches of road in America surround Melbourne, Florida?

With the 2nd (U.S. 1), 3rd (U.S. 192) and 5th (I-95) deadliest roads surrounding it, Brevard County is paved with thoroughfares that prove to be troublesome for even the most experienced bicyclist. U.S. 195 has the special distinction of not only being the third deadliest road, but having the highest likelihood of death in Melbourne, Florida. Every mile on U.S. 195 in Melbourne, roughly 1 person dies from serious injury.

When a party is responsible for causing a bicycle crash, Florida’s legal system allows those who are injured to be compensated for their injuries and property damage. This system is focused on responsibility and holds the individual who caused the accident, and their insurance company, accountable. Getting compensation for this should be easy, but insurance makes it very difficult.

The top insurance companies made over $300,000,000,000 in 2019 by making sure they were paying out claims that were favorable to them. Insurance companies have complex systems in place to make sure that it is hard to get paid your maximum amount. Great personal injury lawyers know the tricks of the insurance companies. At Douglas R. Beam P.A. our personal injury attorneys have brought in over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts and helped our clients, on average, receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

From a minor bicycle accident to a catastrophic injury, if you’ve been in an accident you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorney. Do this as quickly as possible. Once your bicycle accident takes place, insurance is measuring your actions and working to make sure they pay you the least amount of money possible for your recovery. If you have been in a bicycle accident you have a lot of options. Take this quiz to see your options or contact us for a free consultation!

What to Do After a Bicycle Crash

Injuries Associated with Brevard County Bicycle Accidents

After a bicycle accident, how you recover matters. Here are four types of injuries we deal with regularly.

Road Rash

Road rash occurs when a bicyclist is dragged along a road. Road rash can vary from a minor abrasion and cut to major injury requiring skin grafting.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

When an individual is in a bicycle accident, there is a much higher chance of head injury. Traumatic Brain Injuries can result in a number of complications from death to changed mood to loss of personality. Our brain injury lawyers are experienced in these cases, winning upwards of $28.5 Million Dollars in a single Traumatic Brain Injury case.

Burns

After an accident, individuals may find that they have burns. This often comes from fire from the resulting aftermath. This incredibly serious injury requires sophisticated treatment. Our Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorneys understand these types of injuries and can help build a cause for anyone hurt by burns.

Amputation

In certain bicycle crashes, the accident victims can face loss of limb. The amputation of a body part is devastating and requires a full restart for an individual. Our team at Douglas R. Beam P.A. is sensitive to this change and dedicated to helping our clients communicate their needs after an accident.

Minor Injuries

Every bicycle accident results in some level of injury. From a minor bruise to a life-changing setback. It is insurance’s responsibility to take care of these injuries. What appears to be small may develop into a lifelong ailment. We have a deep understanding of these types of injuries and are able to help our clients get the assistance they need.

Your health comes first. After an accident, make sure you get treated for your injuries and then contact a Melbourne, Florida lawyer to get the assistance you need.

Common Bicycle Accidents in Melbourne, Florida

When clients speak to us, we are almost always dealing with these five accidents.

Head-on Collisions

When the front of one vehicle strikes the front of a bicycle.

Rear-end Collisions

When the front of one vehicle slams into the back of a bicycle.

T-Bone Collisions

When the side of a bicycle is struck by the front of another vehicle.

Sideswipe Accidents

When one vehicle going in the same direction and speed as another hits the side of a bicycle. This often takes place when a vehicle is changing lanes.

Chain Reaction Crashes

When a vehicle that has been struck by another vehicle hits a bicycle.

Regardless of the type of accident, a bicycle accident is a life changing experience. Our team has experience with each of these accidents and knows how to help those who have been affected.

Factors that Play a Role in Brevard County Bicycle Accidents

When a bicycle accident happens, one of these five things is taking place.

Alcohol Impairment

Leading all traffic deaths, drunk driving accidents make up 25% of fatalities. If you’re going to get a drink, leave your keys at home.

Driving Fatigue

Just below alcohol impairment, driver fatigue makes up 20% of all crashes.

Distracted Driving

Nearly 10% of the deaths on the road last year were caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving takes place when anything but the road becomes the focus for a driver.

Speeding

Speeding is far more dangerous than many of us understand. Those going 10 miles over the speed limit have a 20% higher likelihood of getting in an accident than those who drive safely.

Vehicle Defects

One of the most tragic accidents is caused by vehicle defects. Individuals can be doing everything right, but have a vehicle malfunction that causes harm or injury. In these circumstances, personal injury attorneys can be helpful in evaluating if a lawsuit needs to be brought against the individual responsible for the defect.

When individuals choose to live recklessly, others have to bear the consequences. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury due to a bicycle accident, our team is ready to help today. Call us at (321) 723-6591.

How to Choose a Bicycle Accident Lawyer

These three characteristics are a must-have for a personal injury lawyer:

Know Their Results

Find a personal injury attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. These attorneys will understand your type of bicycle crash, your injuries and the impact of the bicycle accident on your life. Additionally, the right attorney will understand your medical needs and the impact of the collision on your personal and work life.

Contingency Fee Only

Good personal injury attorneys bet on themselves. The way they do that is through contingency fees. All that means is that you don’t pay any money up front. Standard contingency fees are 33.33% of whatever insurance rewards.

They Go to Trial

Great law firms settle cases. Why? Insurance is scared of going to trial against an experienced group of attorneys. Trials are expensive and time-consuming. Insurance companies fear attorneys that have the resources, experience and know how to beat them soundly in court.

In a perfect world, when bicycle crashes happen, we should be able to trust our insurance company to put our lives back together. Unfortunately, most insurance companies make their money by underpaying victims of bicycle accidents. When a personal injury attorney represents a bicycle crash victim, the accident lawyer will know how to deal with insurance companies so that they fulfill their obligations. The personal injury lawyers at Douglas R. Beam P.A. can evaluate your bicycle accident case during the initial consultation and map out a plan that details the medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other monetary damages you are owed as a result of the crash.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do after bicycle accident?

Bicycle accidents are rarely anticipated. Bicycle crashes can take a huge toll financially, physically, and emotionally. After a crash, there are things you can do that will help protect your legal rights and position you to recover. The following tips will get you on the track to a speedy recovery.

Get Medical Assistance

Make sure that you and any other parties in the accident are okay. Provide emergency responders detailed information on the crash and any symptoms that you are experiencing. A post-adrenaline rush can cause most people to underestimate how bad their injuries are after an accident. Get an exam from your doctor and follow all doctors’ orders for treatment. You’ll heal more quickly and you cannot be blamed by insurance for not taking your doctor’s advice.

Dial 911

Call the police immediately and ask them to write a report on the bicycle crash. Ask the officer for a copy of the report and keep it. Your accident lawyer will use it to prepare a lawsuit.

Collect Evidence

Take pictures and videos of your vehicle, the scene and yourself. Make sure everything is documented. This is critical. It is also a good idea to keep all the parts of the bicycle that broke down in the crash. Your lawyer will examine these parts and possibly collect critical information about how the crash happened.

Don't Admit Liability

Keep a tight rein on what you say to the other parties involved in the crash, to bystanders, and to insurance agents. Any admission of fault could leave you without a chance in your lawsuit.

Call an Experienced Melbourne, Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney

We have handled bicycle accident cases in the Brevard County area for decades. Our team has experience bringing verdicts worth tens of millions of dollars in a single case. Hiring an attorney with great experience is the best way to assure you will be taken care of during your case.

What happens if a bike hits my car?

If a bicyclist hits your car, there are many potential outcomes. All of these are dependent upon who had the right of the way, the damage to your vehicle and the insurance the bicyclist has. Here are two scenarios that could take place:

The Bicyclist Had the Right of Way

In this circumstance, your insurance will need to cover any damage done to your car and to the bicyclist.

You Had the Right of Way

In the case that you had the right of way and the bicyclist hit you, the bicyclist is responsible for any damages. Depending upon their insurance policy, their insurance could be paying for any damages.


Can you sue if you get hit by a car on a bike?

Yes, you can sue for being hit by a car while on a bike.

After a bicycle accident, there are a number of losses that you can suffer that are called damages. Damages is the phrase used in the insurance industry to understand what the insurance company needs to pay for. Damages could be anything from a broken bicycle to a serious injury to a loss of work that was caused by the car accident. How much money being paid out by insurance is dependent upon the damages.

Normally, when people interact with insurance companies, they do not know how to calculate, document and prove the damages that have taken place in the automobile accident.

When you sue for a bicycle accident, you are telling an insurance company that they owe more than what they are offering. How much you get all depends upon the damages you or your personal injury attorney can prove.


Who has the right of way? A car or a bike?

It depends on the situation.

Bicycles are viewed as vehicles in Florida. For that reason, they need to follow the same right of way laws as a car, truck or motorcycle.

Generally, you can find the answer to the right of way by considering who has the right of way in those vehicles. In more complex situations, a court will need to make a decision.

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Bicyclists can never anticipate a life-changing accident. When the unthinkable happens, contact the Melbourne, Florida bicycle accident attorneys at Douglas R. Beam P.A. For over three decades, our firm has protected injury victims throughout Melbourne, Florida and Central Florida by winning compensation for our clients.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, contact our offices today for a free case review. Our team is available at all hours of the day and will act quickly to protect your rights. For an immediate consultation, call our phone number (321) 723-6591, email us at help@dougbeam.com or fill out the simple form below.

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