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Car Accident Lawyers

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Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a Melbourne, Florida personal injury law firm that is experienced in winning car accident and serious injury cases. Our accident injury law firm has a 30-year history of successfully representing thousands of injured clients throughout Central Florida. We have recovered over $1,000,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for our clients. On average, our clients receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call (321) 723-6591 to talk with an award-winning Brevard County car accident lawyer.

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Award-Winning Attorneys

Listed among the top trial attorneys nationally

Insurance companies know our law firm. For decades, the team at Douglas R. Beam has made a name for themselves through successfully serving the seriously injured. We've taken on the world’s largest insurance companies and recovered over $1,000,000,000 in verdicts and settlements 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, who won a $28.5 million dollar verdict in his first jury trial.

We are grateful for our reputation as one of the best law firms in Melbourne, Brevard County, and Central Florida. We’ve grown because of our results and how we treat our clients. If you’re looking for a car accident attorney, give us a call. It’s always free and always fast.

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“Riley and his team were amazing! They were with me after my car 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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Client Awarded Millions

This car crash was so violent that the rear bumper of the vehicle was inches from the driver’s head. Our 43-year-old client’s life was forever changed when an employee from Mercedes-Benz of Melbourne crashed into the rear of their vehicle. The car crash crushed the rear of their car and resulted in catastrophic injuries for our client. After a seven-day jury trial, our client was awarded $4.3 Million Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need an Car Accident Lawyer?

One Death Per Mile

Central Florida is one of the most visited locations on Earth with over 40 million people traveling to this area each year. This influx of visitors makes for some dangerous roadways. Brevard County has the 2nd (U.S. 1), 3rd (U.S. 192) and 5th (I-95) deadliest roads in the United States. U.S. 192 has the special distinction of not only being the third deadliest road, but having the highest likelihood of death by car accident in Melbourne, Florida. Every mile on U.S. 192 in Melbourne, roughly 1 person dies from serious injury.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, over 250,000 auto accidents occurred in Florida in 2020. These accidents can occur out of nowhere. Regular daily activities can quickly lead to your life being changed. The consequences of a car accident injury can span from a few months of setbacks to an entirely changed life. Car accident lawyers can help you put your life back together and recover from this type of tragedy.

When a party is responsible for causing a car 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. This is where a car accident lawyer can help.

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. Great car accident lawyers know the tricks of the insurance giants. At Douglas R. Beam P.A. our auto accident attorneys have brought in over $1,000,000,000 in verdicts and settlements. We've helped our clients, on average, receive 3x what they were offered before our firm was hired.

From a minor car accident to a catastrophic injury, if you’ve been in an accident you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida car accident attorney. Do this as quickly as possible. Once your car accident takes place, insurance is measuring your actions and working to ensure they pay you the least amount of money possible for your recovery. If you have been in an auto accident and are curious if your case is a good one, contact us for a free consultation!

What To Do After a Car Crash?

Car accidents always take us by surprise. A crash turns our lives upside down and can take a huge toll financially, physically, and emotionally. In the aftermath of the crash, there are specific actions that you can take that will help protect your legal rights. They can also better position you to get back to your old life. The following tips will get you on the track to a speedy recovery.

Get Medical Help 

Ensure that you and anyone else involved in the accident is okay. Check on those in the vehicles and any pedestrians who may have been injured. Give emergency responders detailed information on the crash and any symptoms that you are experiencing. Most people underestimate how bad their injuries are after an accident because of the post-accident adrenaline rush. You may be experiencing significant pain and injuries but not immediately realize it. Get an exam from your doctor and follow all doctors’ orders for treatment. In this case, you’ll heal more quickly, and insurance can't accuse you of failing to take your doctor's advice.

Call the Police

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

Collect Evidence

Gathering evidence is a crucial step. Immediately after a crash, take pictures and videos of your vehicle, the scene, and yourself. Ensure everything is documented. Solid documentation is the basis of a strong case. It is also a good idea to keep all the parts of the vehicle that broke 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, witnesses, and to insurance agents. Don't admit to being the at-fault driver, and don't disclose policy limits. Any admission of fault could leave you without a chance in your lawsuit.

Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

We have handled hundreds of car accident cases in the Central Florida area. Our team has the experience and the results. Hiring an attorney with great experience is the best way to ensure that you will be taken care of during your case. The right car accident lawyer can make all the difference.


Be prepared to deal with these injuries after a car accident

Our firm has helped thousands of individuals heal after car accidents. Here are four types of injuries we deal with regularly.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

When an individual is in a car accident and their head is struck, it can change their life forever. Traumatic Brain Injuries can result in a number of complications from death to changed mood to loss of personality. Our brain injury lawyers are experts 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 can come from friction that was caused by the accident or fire from the resulting aftermath. In any circumstance, this incredibly serious injury requires sophisticated treatment and a clear understanding of how much one's life is altered. Burns cause a great deal of pain and suffering and treating them can be a major expense. Our Melbourne, Florida car accident attorneys understand these types of injuries and can help build a case for anyone hurt by burns.

Amputation

Certain injuries can result in loss of limb. The amputation of a body part is devastating and requires a full restart for an individual. A lost limb can also result in lost wages and financial burdens on the victim. 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 car accident results in some level of injury. From a minor bruise to a several month setback. It is insurance’s responsibility to take care of these injuries. What appears to be small may grow into a larger matter in the future. We have a deep understanding of these types of injuries and are able to help our clients get the assistance they deserve.

Your health is the most important thing. After an accident, make sure you get treated for your injuries. Then contact a Melbourne, Florida car accident lawyer to get the assistance you need.


The types of car crashes that insurance may reference

When speaking with insurance or an attorney, you may hear about these common types of car accidents.

Head-on Collisions

When the front of one vehicle strikes the front of another vehicle.

Rear-end Collisions

When the front of one vehicle slams into the back of another vehicle.

T-Bone Collisions

When the side of a vehicle 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 another vehicle. This often takes place when a vehicle is changing lanes.

Chain Reaction Crashes

When a vehicle that has been struck by another vehicle hits additional vehicles.

Single Vehicle

When a single vehicle loses control and gets in an accident.

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

The main reasons for car crashes

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

Speeding

We’ve all been guilty of this, but many don't realize the danger we could be in. Those going 10 miles over the speed limit have a 20% higher likelihood of getting in an accident than those who drive safely.

Distracted Driving

Nearly 10% of the deaths on the road last year were caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is often caused by focusing on a phone but can be impacted by focusing on anything that is not the road.

Alcohol Impairment

Leading all traffic deaths, alcohol impairment makes up 25% of fatalities. Drunk driving is extremely dangerous to the person who has been drinking and to other drivers. If you’re going to get a drink, leave your keys at home.

Driving Fatigue

Slightly under alcohol impairment, driver fatigue makes up 20% of all car crashes. Driver fatigue is often an important factor in truck accidents. If you’re feeling tired, go home and rest.

Car Defects

One of the most tragic types of accidents is caused by car defects. Individuals can be doing everything right but have a vehicle malfunction that causes harm or injury. In these circumstances, car accident attorneys can be helpful in evaluating if a lawsuit ought to be brought against the individual or manufacturer 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 car accident, our team is ready to help today. Call us at (321) 723-6591.

How to Choose a Good Car Accident Attorney?

When a friend calls us and is looking for an attorney, we always tell them to check for these three things.

Know Their Results

Find a car accident lawyer who has a history of winning cases like yours. These attorneys will understand your type of car crash, your injuries and the impact of the auto 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 car accident 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. The lawyer then receives a percentage of the settlement or verdict after a successful result was obtained. Standard contingency fees are 33.33% of whatever insurance rewards.

They Go to Trial

‍Great law firms are ready and willing to go to trial, yet the majority of cases in the best 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 knowledge to beat them soundly in court.

In a perfect world, when a crash happens, we should be able to trust our insurance company to put our lives back together. Unfortunately, most insurance firms make their money by limiting how much they pay out in claims and settlements, including to victims of car accidents. When a car accident attorney represents a car crash victim, the car accident lawyer knows 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 car accident case during the initial consultation. We can 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

Is it worth getting a car accident lawyer?

Yes. You should get a car accident lawyer.

In 2019, the top 5 insurance companies brought in roughly $300 Billion Dollars in revenue. This is roughly the GDP of Pakistan. They did this by focusing on revenue goals that were set by a number of factors. The main way they do this is by paying out as little as possible to those who are insured.

When individuals go against insurance alone, they are almost always getting underpaid for their claim. Insurance is built upon a maze of forms, deadlines and negotiations that are always to the benefit of the insurance company. From the complicated process to file a claim to the need to fight for fair compensation and negotiate a settlement, the entire system is stacked against you. Insurance isn’t a public good, it is a billion dollar industry.

Hire an attorney and hire them now.

In doing so, you are setting yourself up to get a fair shot at the future. Our Melbourne personal injury lawyers are highly accomplished at evaluating cases. We understand medical needs and create legal strategies that bring our clients, on average, 3x what the big box firms provide.

Our lawyers will help you interpret the facts of your case, the relevant laws in the state of Florida, the statute of limitations, and other important factors. All of these elements will have an impact on your ability to seek compensation. The legal landscape can be especially difficult for many people to comprehend. We have mastered this on your behalf so that you don't have to learn everything about the legal system and liability just to get the compensation you deserve. Filing a personal injury claim can be complicated. That's why we take care of the legal details and negotiations with insurance so that you can focus on getting back to your normal life.

Is it worth getting a lawyer for a minor car accident?

Yes. It is worth getting a lawyer for a minor car accident.

One of the most surprising things we find in the thousands of conversations we have annually is how little insurance wants to offer our clients. On average, we find that insurance undervalues claims by 2 to 100 times what we get for our client. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point.

Most people aren't aware how badly insurance is setting them up for the future.

The majority of car accidents that take place every day are fender benders that people want to handle on their own. Insurance companies do a great job of telling us they are going to help us. But when it's time to put the money where their mouth is, they often come up short. They try to settle every car accident claim for the lowest cost possible.

Personal injury attorneys' great gifts aren’t in providing mass amounts of money for no cause. Their real service is in guiding individuals through insurance law, getting their clients the best medical treatment, and making sure insurance pays what they owe. Even in the accidents that feel minor, there are long-term needs that could arise and expenses you might need to cover. The best attorneys consider all these elements when they pursue a settlement related to your case.

Get compensated for what you need now and in the coming years. Give us a call at (321) 723-6591 to figure out if your case is something we can help with. We don’t charge to talk about car accidents, and we don’t waste your time. Our team is ready to speak now.

When should I hire an attorney for a car accident? 

You should talk with an attorney immediately after your accident. An auto accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident can all change your life in the blink of an eye. They can result in physical harm, medical expenses, and wrongful death. These are serious situations for which you need to meet with an expert attorney as soon as possible.

While it might not be best to hire the first lawyer you talk to (even if it is us), this is the time to start your research.

When friends and family call us regarding a car accident, there are four things we suggest that they do. We suggest you do the same.

1. Take 15-Minutes to Evaluate Your Options: Talk with an attorney immediately. We find that insurance companies can undervalue claims by 2-100x their value. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point. Insurance is likely undervaluing your claim.

2. Get Your Documents: Talk with your insurance accident representative. Tell them you’ve been in an accident and would like to know what documentation you need to provide them. In most circumstances, before you get paid, insurance companies will want to see documentation like medical treatment, mechanic’s bills, and police reports.

3. Get a Timeline: Ask your insurance agent for a timeline of when you need to submit any necessary paperwork.

4. Make a Note: Remember to make note of every conversation you have with the insurance representatives. Write down the name of the agent, their position, phone number, and office. Also, note what was discussed during the conversation.

How much money can you sue for a car accident?

The average auto accident settlement nationwide is between $20,000 and $30,000.

Why the difference? It all depends upon damages.

Here in Melbourne, Florida, Douglas R. Beam P.A. has had $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts.

Damages is the term used in the insurance industry to understand what the insurance company needs to pay for. Damages could be anything from a broken bumper to a serious injury to a loss of work that was caused by the car accident. How much money is 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 car accident.

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

How long do car accident settlements take?

The majority of car accident settlements are handled within a year.

Two factors determine how long it takes to get a car accident settlement: medical recovery and insurance response.

After an accident, individuals need to heal to their maximum level of improvement. At this point, injuries are not getting any worse and the individual has a sense of where they are medically from the accident. This is often when lawyers will send out a demand. A demand is a request that insurance pays the amount that corresponds to the damages suffered in the car accident.

Insurance will then reply by agreeing to the demand or denying the demand. If a demand is denied, this can extend the length of the case. At that point, the case will resolve in either a settlement or a verdict.

Settlements happen outside of trial and normally resolve in months. Verdicts happen in trial and usually extend to over a year.

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Call Us - Melbourne, Florida Car Accident Lawyer

Because most of us assume that a car crash will never happen to us, we are unsure of what to do after a crash. The Melbourne, Florida car accident attorneys at Douglas R. Beam P.A. are here to help you when misfortune strikes. For three decades, our firm has protected injury victims throughout Melbourne, Florida and Central Florida by winning compensation for their losses. Our car accident attorneys possess expertise and have a record of successfully representing clients. This has allowed our practice to become a leading Brevard County personal injury law firm.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle 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.

Notable Cases

Brain Injury

A $28,500,000 verdict awarded in a brain injury case

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Car Crash

A $4,300,000 verdict awarded in a violent car crash case

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Truck Accident

A $4,000,000+ settlement in a life-altering trucking accident

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