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Every day, people are injured or killed while walking on sidewalks, crosswalks, and streets. Were you the victim in a pedestrian accident? Call us today!

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Our clients receive 3x more

For over 30 years, the personal injury law firm of Douglas R. Beam P.A. has served Melbourne, Florida accident victims. With over $100,000,000 in verdicts and settlements, our award-winning lawyers have a 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo and have been identified in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers nationally. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating. These cases demand specific attention and require an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. Are you wondering if your pedestrian accident is worth calling an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer? You can take this short quiz to see how to best move forward.

If you are ready to speak with a trusted pedestrian accident attorney, contact us today for a 100% free consultation!

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Award-Winning Attorneys

Choosing the right pedestrian accident lawyer

Douglas R. Beam P.A. is known among insurance companies. For decades, our team of personal injury attorneys have had success representing victims of pedestrian crashes. Our firm has been to court against the world’s largest insurance companies and has been awarded over $100 Million Dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our team has a reputation for being experienced, well connected and capable. Doug Beam has scored huge verdicts with our managing attorney, Riley Beam, winning $28.5 Million Dollars in his first jury trial.

Our reputation as one of the leading law firms in Melbourne, Brevard County and Central Florida comes from the trust of our clients. It is our great privilege to help those looking for assistance in their case. If you’re looking for a pedestrian accident attorney, give us a call. It’s fast and it’s free.

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Winning Millions for Families

Our firm has worked with families across central Florida in cases that involved a pedestrian getting hit. In some circumstances, we have helped families recover seven-figure settlements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?

How We Help with Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits

Did you know that Melbourne, Florida has roads with some of the highest likelihood of fatal car accidents in the country?

The 2nd (U.S. 1), 3rd (U.S. 192) and 5th (I-95) deadliest roads go through Brevard County. 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. This doesn’t only spell trouble for drivers of cars, but for pedestrians who are near these roadways.  Every mile on U.S. 195 in Melbourne, roughly 1 person dies from serious injury.

When a driving accident creates a pedestrian injury, Florida’s legal system allows for victims of pedestrian accidents 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 $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 pedestrian injury to a brain 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 pedestrian 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 pedestrian accident you have options for recovering compensation. Take this quiz to see your options or contact us for a free consultation!

Factors in a Pedestrian Accident

Injuries Associated with Brevard County Pedestrian Crashes

After a pedestrian accident, it is vital that the victim gets the right type of care. Here are four types of injuries we deal with regularly.

Road Rash

Road rash occurs when a pedestrian 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 someone goes through a pedestrian crash, 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, victims 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 pedestrian 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

Most pedestrian accidents result 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 accidents occur, make sure you get healing for yourself and then contact a Melbourne, Florida lawyer to get the assistance you need.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Melbourne, Florida

When clients speak to us, we are almost always dealing with these five types of collisions.

Head-on Collisions

When the front of one vehicle strikes a pedestrian directly.

Rear-end Collisions

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

Chain Reaction Crashes

When a vehicle that has been struck by another vehicle moves forward and hits a pedestrian.

Regardless of what accident occurs, it is important you get the help you need. 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 Pedestrian Accidents

When an 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 drivers. 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 pedestrian crashes, our team is ready to help. Call us at (321) 723-6591.

Choosing the Right Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

What to Consider When Choosing a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

These three characteristics are a must-have for a pedestrian accident attorneys:

Know Their Results

Find a personal injury attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. These attorneys will understand your type of pedestrian crash, your injuries and the impact of the pedestrian 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 pedestrian 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 pedestrian accidents. When a personal injury attorney represents a victim in pedestrian accident lawsuits, the attorney 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 pedestrian accident 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 When You Get Hit By a Car as a Pedestrian

Pedestrian crashes are rarely anticipated. These accidents 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 will get you on the track.

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 pedestrian 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. Your lawyer will examine your evidence 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 PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

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.

What is a Typical Settlement for a Hit Pedestrian?

There is no typical settlement for a hit crash. This is because the scope of damages can vary so drastically.

For an individual with a minor injury, the settlement could be in the thousands. For someone with a catastrophic injury, it could be in the millions.

Why the difference? It all depends upon damages.

Damages is the phrase used to describe what the insurance company needs to pay for. This could range from a broken pair of sunglasses to a severe brain injury. Insurance will only pay you for the damages you can prove.

When you enter into a pedestrian accident lawsuit, you are requesting that the insurance company pay you for the damages that you and your lawyers believe can be proven. It is important to get lawyers with a track record of getting their client’s stories right and helping them get the damages they deserve.


How Much Money Can You Sue for Getting Hit By a Car?

You can sue for as much money as you like. The amount you get depends on the damages you can prove.

After pedestrian crashes, there are a number of losses that you can suffer that are called damages. As discussed in the FAQ above, 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 laptop 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 pedestrian 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 is at Fault if a Car Hits a Pedestrian? Is a Pedestrian Ever at Fault?

These two questions are one we receive frequently. Unfortunately, it is not cut and dry.

Pedestrians normally have the right of way. That does not mean they always have the right of way. In some circumstances, the pedestrian is at fault either partially or fully. Below are four examples:

Jaywalking

If the pedestrian was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, they could be at fault.

Crossing Against the Traffic Signal

If the pedestrian crosses when a pedestrian signal tells them not to walk, they could be at fault.

Entering a Roadway Drunk

If a pedestrian enters a street or highway in an unsafe manner while intoxicated, they could be at fault.

Prohibited Access

If a pedestrian walks along a highway, bridge or causeways where pedestrian access is limited, they could be at fault.

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 pedestrian accident attorney can help you understand your legal options.

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