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Trucking Accident Lawyer - Melbourne, FL

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Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a personal injury law firm that is highly experienced in winning trucking accidents and personal injury cases. With a 30-year history of successfully representing thousands of injured clients throughout Central Florida, Douglas R. Beam P.A. has recovered over $1,000,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.

If you are ready to speak with an award-winning personal injury lawyer, contact us today for a 100% free consultation!

Award-Winning Attorneys

Recognized nationally for personal injury law

Insurance companies know who we are.

For decades, our team of personal injury attorneys have successfully represented victims of trucking accidents. We have taken on the world’s largest insurance companies and recovered over $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Experienced, well connected and successful, our leading attorneys, Doug Beam and Riley Beam have Avvo Ratings of 10/10, are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers nationally and regularly win verdict and settlements for over a million dollars.

We are grateful for our reputation as one of the leading 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 trucking accident lawyer, give us a call. It’s always free and always fast.

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“I am greatly satisfied with the representation provided by Doug... They made it very apparent that my well being and my best interests were taken into consideration at all times. They provided a great support system and were always only a phone call away. Extremely responsive to their clients' needs.”

- Paige O.

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Young Woman Awarded Millions

A young woman faced debilitating injuries after a truck slammed into their vehicle. Our client received millions to cover the damages caused by the crash.
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Trucking Accident Lawyer?

How We Help After Serious Truck Crashes

Did you know that Melbourne, Florida is a top location for fatalities on the road?

Brevard County contains 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 in Melbourne, Florida. Every mile on U.S. 192 in Melbourne, roughly 1 person dies from serious injury.

Trucks use these thoroughfares daily, with 32,000 of them being involved in crashes in 2017. When a truck causes an accident, 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 truck driver, the trucking company and their insurance responsible. Getting compensation for this should be easy, but the insurance companies representing the trucking corporations make it very difficult. This is where a personal injury 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. Insurance companies work hard to underpay victims of truck crashes. 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 trucking accident to a catastrophic 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 trucking accident takes place, the trucking company’s 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 truck crash and are curious if your case is a good one, contact us for a free consultation!

What Do You Do If You Get Hit by an 18-Wheeler?

Truck drivers are trusted on the road to be the safest and most reliable. When a trucking accident happens, it comes out of nowhere. Trucking crashes and 18 wheeler accidents are particularly dangerous and take a toll financially, physically, and emotionally. In the aftermath of the 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.


Make sure that you and any other parties in the accident. Provide 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. 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 truck crash. Ask the officer for a copy of the report and keep it. Your crash attorneys will use it to prepare a lawsuit.


Immediately after the accident occurs, begin gathering evidence. Take pictures and videos of your vehicle, the scene and yourself. Make sure everything is documented. It is also a good idea to keep all the parts of the vehicle that broke down in the crash, and your lawyer will examine these parts 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.


We have handled trucking accident cases in the Central Florida area for decades. Our team has the experience and the results. 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 Trucking 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 truck crash, your injuries and the impact of the tracking 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. Trucking accident lawsuits 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 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 trucking accidents. When a personal injury attorney represents a truck 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 truck 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 truck crash.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Semi Truck Accidents Go To Trial?

The majority of semi truck accidents do not go to trial.

Insurance companies and trucking companies are in the business of making money. Trucking accidents cost time, resources and, ultimately, money.

When faced with a great personal injury lawyer, the majority of insurance and trucking companies will settle before trial. It is a cost saving measure to ensure that they resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Here in Melbourne, Florida, Douglas R. Beam P.A. has had $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our team of attorneys know what it takes to get the compensation that our clients deserve.

Can I Sue for Being Hit By a Semi Truck?

Yes, you can sue for being hit by a semi truck.

After a trucking 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 bumper 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 trucking 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.

What Happens If You Get Hit By a Truck?

Getting hit by a commercial truck is something that we wish upon no one. These accidents are severe and can result in a number of outcomes. In the vast majority, individuals suffer accident injuries. There are four types of injuries that we find are most common after someone is hit by a truck.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

When an individual is in a trucking 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 experienced in these cases, winning upwards of $28.5 Million Dollars in a single Traumatic Brain Injury case.


After a semi-truck crash, 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. Our Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorneys understand these types of injuries and can help build a cause for anyone hurt by burns.


The amputation of a body part is devastating and requires a full restart for an individual. Certain vehicle accidents can result in loss of limb. 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 need.

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

What are common commercial truck accidents?

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

Head-on Collisions

When the front of a truck strikes the front of a vehicle.

Rear-end Collisions

When the front of a truck slams into the back of a vehicle.

T-Bone Collisions

When the side of a vehicle is struck by the front of a truck.

Sideswipe Accidents

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

Chain Reaction Crashes

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

Single Vehicle

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

Regardless of the type of accident, a trucking 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.

What are the causes of trucking accidents in Central Florida?

When a truck crash happens, one of these five things is taking place.

Alcohol Impairment

Leading all traffic deaths, alcohol impairment makes up 25% of fatalities. 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 motor vehicle crashes. If you’re feeling tired, go home and rest.

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.


We’ve all been guilty of this, but many 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.

Commercial Truck Defects

One of the most tragic accidents is caused by truck 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 trucking accident, our team is ready to help today. Call us at (321) 723-6591.

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Trucking accidents are rarely foreseen. If one happens, contact the Melbourne, Florida trucking 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 millions in settlements and verdicts.

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 or fill out the simple form below.

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