Car Accident Lawyer
Accidents caused by a negligent driver often result in severe physical injuries, emotional trauma, and mounting expenses.
Car accident attorney Stephen G. Charpentier in Melbourne, FL, can help you collect compensation and overcome your injuries.
Here is what you should do right now if you have been injured by a negligent driver...
How Hiring a Attorney Can Help Your Case
Ensure all documentation is completed and submitted on time
Deal with the insurance companies representing both you and the other driver on your behalf
Gather experts to reconstruct the scene and provide testimony
Inspect defective products that may have contributed to the accident
Pursue the maximum amount of damages for your injuries and other losses
Fight for your best interests
Millions of Dollars in Auto Accident Awards & Settlements
At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., we have obtained millions of dollars in auto accident settlements and verdicts for injured clients. We invite you to learn more about how we have helped victims like you rebuild their lives. We have offices in Cocoa, Titusville, and Melbourne to serve you
Advocating on Behalf of Victims
"Our mission is to defend people who have been harmed by others’ actions or negligence and provide exceptional legal representation to victims of medical malpractice, auto accidents, birth injury, wrongful death, and other accident injuries." Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.
5-star Reviews from Car Accident Victims
I hired Stephen to represent me in an Auto accident case. Stephen and his paralegal Joanna were extremely professional and knowledgeable. There was constant communication throughout the case. Stephen is very knowledgeable in his field. He explains the law with clarity and in layman's terms. Joanna was a pleasure to deal with and made this experience painless. She's efficient and very detail-oriented. If I ever need an attorney this firm will be the first I'll call. Thank you Stephen and Joanna for the exceptional results.
I wanted to give a big shout out to Steve Charpentier along with his staff especially Chris V. who guided us through a car accident case that took over 18 months to finalize. they were so helpful from first phone call which the phone # listed was Steve personnel number which he answered while on vacation in Amsterdam and spoke to me as if he were in the office, til the final result of my case I couldn't have asked to have any better team of professionals. I had never been in a accident in my 40+ years of driving and knew nothing about the legal aspects of what to do concerning the accident. The team and very importantly Steve and Chris guided me through step by step until the final settlement. I would highly recommend this law firm.
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Stephen G. Charpentier has been practicing personal injury law for more than 30 years. He has had an established career as a trial lawyer, and is affiliated with several prestigious legal organizations, including:
- The Florida Bar
- Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Brevard County Bar Association
We have offices in Melbourne, Cocoa, and Titusville to serve you, and we can evaluate your case to help you determine the best course of action. To speak with a member of our team, contact us online or call us at:
How Common Are Car Accident Injuries and Deaths in Florida?
The State of Florida
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident attorney like Mr. Charpentier can give you the legal guidance you need during this trying time. At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., serving Melbourne, Cocoa, and Titusville, our team is committed to providing each client with expert legal service so we can achieve the best outcome possible. Contact us online or call us at:
"Call Them First." 5-star Reviews
Very friendly staff! This is the 2nd time I have been in need of their services. Each time they make sure I understand everything that is going on. The communicate is always great. I highly recommend that if you need such services you call them first.
Mr. Charpentier was hired as my auto injury attorney. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and professional in his field. He and his team guided me very well during the whole process with exceptional results. Highly recommended.
Distracted Driving: A Common Cause of Car Accidents
Distracted driving is hazardous, can cause life-changing injuries, and is one of the most common causes of car accidents. It refers to any driving pattern that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. Distracted driving can be:
- Cognitive: A lack of focus results when a driver is distracted and unable to pay attention to their driving. Talking to other passengers or thinking of other tasks are examples of cognitive distractions.
- Physical: Eating or drinking while driving does not allow a driver to keep both hands on the wheel, and is a form of physically distracted driving. Texting and driving also falls in this category; this is the most common form of distracted driving.
- Visual: When a driver takes their eyes off the road, their vision is distracted by other things and does not allow for full attention to be given to driving. Reading an email message or scanning for a different radio station are visual forms of distracted driving.
Florida Distracted Driving Statistics
The dangers of driving under the influence are clear. When people drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they have slower reaction times, are more likely to make poor decisions, may fall asleep at the wheel, or drive on the wrong side of the road. All of these negligent actions can result in catastrophic injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries or wrongful death in a motor vehicle accident in which your driver or the other driver was impaired, seek legal guidance from a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for help recovering compensation.
Drunk Driving Statistics in Brevard County
Do I Have a Case?
Consult Our Car Accident Lawyer
The cause of your accident is important to your case. If the car accident you were involved in was caused by the negligence of another driver, it is possible that you are eligible for compensation. During a case review with our Brevard County car accident attorney, you can get the answers and peace of mind you need. Contact us online or call us at:
Compassionate Representation by a Leading Personal Injury Lawyer
"After my daughter and I were involved in a serious car accident last year, there was no question which attorney I wanted to advise me. I would highly recommend Steve Charpentier and his law firm to anyone in need of expert representation." Brenda
Comparative Negligence: Florida State Laws and Car Accidents
In Florida, we operate under a comparative negligence system. What does this mean for your car accident lawsuit? During the course of the case, the court will determine what percentage of the blame each party shares for the car accident. The amount of compensation you receive will account for any shared fault. For example, if the court determines that you were 20 percent responsible for the car crash, the amount of your recovery will be reduced by 20 percent.
Florida Is a No-Fault State
If damages are less than $10,000, you file your insurance claim through your own insurance, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. You may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the other driver if the losses you suffered exceed $10,000. You may also be able to pursue further damages if the injuries are considered serious which, according to Florida Statute 627.737, includes significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function, significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement, permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, or death.
No-Fault Rule and Hit & Run Accidents
Drivers in car accidents are required by law to stop their vehicles, offer help, and identify themselves to the other driver. However, some drivers flee the scene of the accident. In the context of hit and run accidents, no-fault laws mean that insurance carriers are responsible for providing compensation to the victims. Your insurance company should be looking out for your best interests, but it is in their best interest to pay out as little money as possible. Without a car accident lawyer, victims frequently receive a fraction of the compensation they actually deserve.
Dangerous Instrumentality Laws
Florida's dangerous instrumentality doctrine states that car owners are liable for any injuries caused by their vehicle when it is being driven by another party. This law protects and provides insurance for motorists injured in an accident. If an uninsured driver commits a hit and run accident in someone else's car, we may obtain damages from the car owner's insurance company. Our car accident lawyer will determine which parties may be liable for your losses so we can obtain compensation from the negligent parties.
You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
A car accident lawyer can help victims and their loved ones obtain maximum compensation for each car accident claim. We have offices in Melbourne, Titusville, and Cocoa to serve you. To schedule a review of your motor vehicle accident case, contact us online or call us at:
"Thank You, Steve!"
"The insurance company (State Farm) refused to help me with a reasonable settlement (for my injury caused by car accident). After several months of negotiations with State Farm; a family friend recommended that I talk to Mr. Charpentier. From the onset, I found Mr. Charpentier honest and exceptional to work with (many thanks to my friend recommendation). I wish, I had contacted Steve month earlier to save myself the agony, and stress .... Thank you Steve!" 5-Star Avvo Review
Time is of the essence...
In Florida, You Have Four Years To File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Should I File an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit?
If your injuries do not exceed the $10,000 threshold, you will want to file a car accident claim with your own insurance provider. The compensation provided by your personal injury policy (PIP) is meant to cover your economic losses such as medical bills and lost income. If you were under the influence or intentionally caused your accident, it is unlikely that your injuries will be covered by the insurance policy.
If your injuries qualify as serious, you will want to hire a personal injury lawyer to assist you as soon as possible. Our personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. He will go to work building a compelling case on your behalf to convince the courts that you deserve maximum compensation for your injuries and emotional suffering, as well as any losses you will continue to suffer as a result of the accident.
With a personal injury attorney, you can collect several types of damages...
Types of Auto Accident Claims
Reliable Legal Counsel
"Mr. Stephen G. Charpentier consulted with me over a personal injury case and a attorney referral case. My wife and I were involved in no fault vehicle accident. This attorney provided professional guidance and direction. As a client, my and I were successful with our legal claim. In addition, Attorney Charpentier, provided easy communication concerning an attorney referral." David