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Boating Accident Lawyer in Melbourne, FL | Douglas R. Beam, P.A. Boating Accident Lawyer - Melbourne, FL

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The coast of Eastern Florida has been served by the personal injury law firm of Douglas R. Beam P.A. for over 30 years. In that time, we have won $1,000,000,000 in verdicts and settlements. Our lawyers have a 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo and have been placed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers nationally. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.

Boating accidents are complex and life-changing. These cases demand a knowledge of personal injury and maritime law. You should not move forward in your case without hiring an experienced boating accident lawyer. If you or someone you love is a boating accident victim, please call (321) 723-6591 to talk with our experienced boating accident attorneys. Your call is free and our team will work to get you the help you deserve.

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Insurance companies know our law firm. For decades, our team of personal injury attorneys have had success representing victims of boating crashes. Our firm has faced off against the world’s largest insurance companies and has come out victorious, with over $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our team has a reputation for being experienced, well connected and capable. Douglas R. Beam P.A. has scored huge verdicts with our founder, Doug Beam, frequently winning multi-million dollar cases and our managing attorney, Riley Beam, winning $28.5 Million Dollars in his first jury trial.

Our reputation as one of the best law firms in Melbourne, Brevard County, and Central Florida comes from the trust of our clients. We are driven by a love for the law and a desire to serve our clients to the best of our ability. If you’re looking for a boating accident attorney, give us a call. It’s always free and we won’t waste your time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Boating Accident Lawyer?

Boating Accidents Along the Eastern Coast

Central Florida is one of the most visited locations on Earth with over 40 million people traveling to this area each year. This area is beautiful, with some of the most unique aquatic ecosystems on the planet. This influx of visitors to maritime activities can lead to unfortunate and devastating boating accidents.

When a boating crash occurs, Florida’s legal system allows for victims to pursue compensation for their injuries. The legal 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 $1,000,000,000 in settlements and verdicts and helped our clients, on average, receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

From a minor injury to a catastrophic injury, if you’ve been in a boating accident you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorney. Do this as quickly as possible. Once your boating injury 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 boating accident you have options for seeking and recovering compensation. Contact us for a free consultation!

What Do I Do After a Boating Accident?

What is the first thing to do in a boating accident?

Boating accidents are one of the most surprising and life-changing accidents that can occur. These crashes can cause an enormous amount of pain and suffering. They take a toll financially, physically, and emotionally. After a crash, there are things you can do that will help protect your legal rights and position you for the best recovery possible. The following tips, in this order, will get you on the right track.


Stop your vessel at the scene of the accident. Do not drive away.


Make sure that you and any other parties in the accident are okay. If anyone is suffering catastrophic injury, call first responders immediately and do whatever you can to help. Provide emergency responders detailed information on the crash and any symptoms that you or another victim are experiencing. A post-accident 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 boating crash. Ask the officer for a copy of the report and keep it. Your accident lawyer will use it to prepare a lawsuit.


Take pictures and videos of your vessel, the scene and yourself. Make sure everything is documented. This is critical. Your lawyer will examine your evidence and possibly collect critical information about how the crash happened.


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.


Our team has experience bringing verdicts worth tens of millions of dollars in a single case. Winning a case requires a diligent team that understands your accident and your injuries. Hiring an attorney with great experience is the best way to assure you will be taken care of during your case.

How to Choose a Boating Accident Lawyer

These three characteristics are a must-have for a boating accident attorney.

Know Their Results

Find a personal injury attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. These attorneys will understand your type of boating crash, your injuries and the impact of the boating 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

The majority of cases in great law firms settle. Why? Because insurance is terrified of going to court against great 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 a boating crash happens, 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 boating accidents. When a personal injury attorney represents a victim of a boating accident, 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 boating 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 is the first action required of a boating operator who is involved in a boating accident?

The first thing action required of a boating operator involved in a boating accident is to stop their vessel.

When should a boating accident be reported?

Under federal law, boating accidents must be reported in these circumstances.

Death, Injury or Disappearance

A report must be filed within 48 hours if an accident has taken place that involves death within a 24-hour time period, injury requiring more than first aid or the disappearance of a person in a way that indicates injury or death.

Damage or Death

A report must be filed in 10 days of a boating accident that causes more than $2,000 damage to boats or other property, there is a complete loss of a vessel or a person dies more than 24 hours after an accident.

State and territorial law varies, particularly on the property-damage threshold. If you have any questions about your boating accident or filing a report, please contact our law office at (321) 723-6591.

Who is responsible for avoiding a collision between two boats?

It is up to the operators of both boats to avoid a collision.

While it may be their responsibility to avoid the collision, that does not mean that the collision is always their fault. There are a number of outside parties that are not the boat operator that could be held liable for an accident.

Who is liable in a boating accident?

Liability can be shared amongst a number of parties in a boating accident. This can include the rental company, the manufacturer of the vessel, the operator of the boat, a passenger of the boat or the owner of the boat. All of these things depend on a number of factors. Below are a few scenarios in which one of the parties listed would be liable.

The Operator of the Boat

In any circumstance where the boat operator does not provide reasonable safety for passengers, is intoxicated or engages in reckless behavior, they can be held liable.

Passenger of a Boat

In any circumstance where a passenger acts in a reckless manner that prevents the operator from fulfilling their duty, they can be held liable.

Owner of a Boat

In any circumstance where a boat owner knowingly loaned the boat to someone who is not qualified to operate the boat, they can be held liable.

Manufacturer of a Boat

In any circumstance in which an accident resulted directly from a manufacturing defect, they can be held liable.

Boat Rental Company

In any circumstance in which the rental company failed to fix maintenance problems that lead to an accident, they can be held liable.

In all circumstances, it is suggested that you discuss your situation with a legal team to understand your options. Some cases are not as clear cut as they seem and a boating accident attorney can help you understand your legal options.

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