Dyer Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Represent Victims In Northwest Indiana

Skilled lawyers hold negligent drivers liable for bikers’ injuries

Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous, and riders are particularly vulnerable to sustaining severe injuries when accidents occur. For this reason, the law imposes special conditions on motorcycle licensing and use. You must demonstrate precise maneuvering and steady handling of a bike to obtain a license in both Illinois and Indiana. Yet, even with caution, the momentary carelessness of another driver, thoughtless negligence of a construction crew or a treacherous pothole left unrepaired can cause a split-second accident that can be catastrophic. The Indiana motorcycle accident attorneys at Rubino Ruman, Crosmer & Polen advocate for the rights of bikers to have access to safe streets and to be compensated for injuries caused by negligent drivers.

Representing victims of motorcycle accidents in Indiana

Statistics bear out the perils of riding a motorcycle. In 2022, Indiana saw 2,885 motorcycle accidents, involving more than one in 100 registered motorcycles in the state, resulting in 123 fatalities and 2,106 non-fatal injuries to the motorcyclists involved. A majority of these accidents, 1,726, involved other vehicles as well. Among the major thoroughfares where motorcycle accidents tend to happen are U.S. Route 30/Lincoln Highway, U.S. Route 41 and I-94. Our lawyers have more than 165 years of combined experience assisting injured bikers throughout northwestern Indiana. Our sophisticated team develops winning strategies that help accident victims recover the compensation they deserve.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

As with car accidents, motorcycle accidents have several causes, often involving other vehicles. The most common causes are:

  • Distracted driving —, Other drivers who fail to watch out for motorcyclists can collide with them or cause them to make evasive maneuvers that put them in jeopardy.
  • Lane splitting — Motorcyclists may be tempted to weave between lanes of stopped cars, but that gives them less room to maneuver. Another motorist may swerve or change lanes, striking the motorcycle and possibly pushing it into another vehicle.
  • Left-turn accidents — Motorists who make left turns often miss seeing oncoming and passing motorcyclists until it is too late to avoid a collision.
  • Speeding — When a motorcyclist drives too fast, they can wipe out on the roadway. Another motorist’s speeding can also result in a collision.
  • Road and motorcycle defects — Road hazards, debris and poorly maintained roadways can contribute to causing an accident. Motorcycles that have defects or that are not kept in good repair are also prone to mishaps.

If you are injured as a motorcycle rider and retain us as your counsel, we will quickly determine what happened and who is possibly at fault. Our private investigator examines the accident scene, interviews witnesses and collects relevant evidence. Accident reconstruction experts assist us in accurately determining the cause of the accident. Mechanics can help us evaluate whether a products liability claim against the bike manufacturer is appropriate in your case.

Winning fair compensation for seriously injured motorcyclists

Motorcycle accidents can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from moderate to severe and temporary to lifelong. Common injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions, brain injuries and other head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Road rash and lacerations

Trauma doctors who are familiar with motorcycle accident injuries advise our lawyers on the causal connection between your accident and your injuries and their likely impact on your life, strengthening our case for the verdict or settlement you deserve.

Do I still have a case if I was not wearing a helmet?

Indiana law does not require you to wear a helmet when you ride a motorcycle. However, failure to do so can increase the severity of your injuries in crash — especially head and neck injuries. You can also be considered contributorily negligent, which will result in your recovering a smaller amount of damages. Whether or not you wore a helmet at the time of your accident, we will make the strongest case possible for recovering damages from other parties who were at fault.

What damages can I get?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the damages for which you may be compensated include your:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Property damage

As your personal injury lawyers, we will seek the maximum damages possible on your behalf.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Indian, we can help

Rubino Ruman has offices in Dyer and serves clients throughout Indiana and Illinois, including Lake, Porter and Tippecanoe counties in Northwest Indiana. Call Rubino Ruman at 219-227-4631 or contact our law firm online to schedule a free consultation.