Getting into a motor vehicle accident is nerve-wracking. Not only are you angry and betrayed, but your whole life has been turned upside down. The responsible motorists and their insurance companies refuse to pay your claim and medical bills are piling up. You just want fair compensation so you can put your life back together.
A personal injury lawyer with practice areas in motor vehicle accident cases can be the answer. Matz Injury Law has decades of experience helping auto accident victims. We’re on your side and ready to fight for your rights in your accident case.
Steven Matz and Jared Matz and their team have helped Michigan personal injury victims including those hurt in motor vehicle accidents for many decades. Steven has logged thousands of miles traveling all over the state from Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor, Battle Creek to Detroit, Grand Rapids to Lansing, Portage and beyond.
Our law firm has won millions for clients, including a $3 million settlement that at the time was the largest in Michigan history. Steven has been listed as one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers and takes great pride in his success representing victims of Michigan car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and other types of motor vehicle accidents.
If you need an experienced Kalamazoo personal injury lawyer who is adept at car crash cases, the law offices of Matz Injury Law are here to listen. Call 866-226-6833 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney today.
Car accidents happen every day in Michigan state whether you’re in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, or in Kalamazoo County. According to data released by Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, the year 2019 saw massive numbers with 985 deaths and 74,963 serious injuries resulting from 314,376 car crashes in total.
In Kalamazoo County alone, according to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, Kalamazoo in 2020 saw 6,933 crashes, 21 of which were fatal with 22 people killed, and 1,194 of which involved serious injuries and 1,536 people injured. Over 5,000 of these resulted in measurable property damage.
Most accidents involved drivers aged 25-34, followed by drivers aged 45-54. A total of 272 crashes involved drinking, and drinking and driving was a factor in 21 fatal accident cases. Speeding contributed to 146 crashes.
No laws require you to hire a personal injury law firm. If you choose to go it alone, however, it could be a serious mistake. Insurance companies always seem compassionate at first, until their adjusters make you a low offer that won’t begin to cover your medical treatment, let alone your lost wages and pain and suffering. When you refuse or question, they’ll try anything to avoid paying you, and they have lawyers in their corner.
You don’t even have to talk to the insurance company. You can direct them to your auto accident lawyer and let us handle all communications regarding your personal injury claim. We’ll provide a free case review and legal advice.
We’ll work to build an iron-clad personal injury case against the negligent driver and give you the best chance at securing significant fair compensation for injuries and property damage. We’ll stand by your side through negotiations and while court usually isn’t necessary, we’ll fight for a verdict for you if we do have to go. Contact Matz Injury Law by calling our phone number at 866-226-6833 or using our online contact form and get your free case review today.
You do have rights after a car crash in Kalamazoo. You may have heard that Michigan has no-fault laws in effect. This is true, but it doesn’t actually mean that every accident is nobody’s fault. All it means is that all drivers are required to carry no-fault insurance, and when you have an accident you have to report it to your insurance company instead of directly pursuing the negligent driver’s insurance company. This only applies to car crash incidents, not things like medical malpractice, dog bites, or other types of personal injury.
The idea is to allow you to more easily start your personal injury claim and get your medical expenses covered right away. Unfortunately, the law isn’t perfect and insurance adjusters still look for reasons not to pay your claim. That’s why it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side. We will fight to get your insurance company to pay your claim.
Yes, you can sue the other driver after your Kalamazoo car accident. To secure compensation, it’s important to prove that the other driver was negligent. This means proving that they violated their duty of care to behave responsibly while operating their vehicle. It then means demonstrating that this violation of their duty of care led to the accident. Finally, we need to prove that you got hurt as a direct result of the accident.
You may be able to collect a wide range of economic damages from your car accident. These include:
You may also be able to get compensation for pain and suffering. This is also referred to as “non-economic damages.” It includes things like:
It’s difficult to put a value on these “invisible injuries,” which can result from things like traumatic brain injury, but your Matz Injury Law has formulae that can be applied to come up with a value. First, however, we need to discuss your case. Call us at 866-226-6833 or fill out our online form to talk today.
All states have a concept called a Statute of Limitations. This means you only have a certain window of time to file your lawsuit. In our state, it’s three years from the date of the accident, or three years after death, in the case of a wrongful death suit. It’s vital to file your suit within this time window, or you could lose your rights to compensation.
There’s no set amount for the cost of a lawyer, but you’ll get a free case review when you contact us. If you work with us, we charge no fee if we lose, and if we win, we take only 22%, rather than the traditional 33% fee. That’s why our slogan is “22, not 33.” With our low fee, you can certainly afford a car accident attorney in Kalamazoo.
The first step after an accident is to call 911 and get medical attention for everyone. Then document the accident as much as you can. Take notes and photos, file a police report, and get witness contact information. Then, before you do anything else, call Matz Injury Law at 866-226-6833 and let us represent you to the insurance company. It might be the most important call you make.
Steve and Jared at Matz Injury Law are compassionate attorneys with decades of experience and millions of dollars in successful settlements and verdicts. Call 866-226-6833 or complete the online contact form to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Matz Injury Law firm today.
Steven J. Matz is a founding shareholder of Matz Injury Law. The firm’s concentration is on personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury.
The maximum contingency fee permitted by law is actually 331/3%. Michigan court rules require that the attorney fee be computed on the net sum recovered after deducting all disbursements properly chargeable to the enforcement of the claim.
We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 331/3% because we are very, very, good at obtaining results for our clients.
We do not spend millions of dollars on television ads; instead, we offer a lower fee to all our clients. We do not have dozens of lower paid associates handling our work. All our clients are represented by Steven and Jared Matz. Steven Matz started the firm in 1977 and since then has dedicated his life to representing injury victims. Jared joined the firm in 2016 but grew up listening to stories, discussing theories, and generally learning at the dinner table about how to effectively and compassionately represent injury victims. Jared Matz was literally born to represent individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes.
All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee and all our cases are handled at 22%. Whether the case settles or goes through trial, the fee does not change. While our competitors make excuses as to why they charge so much, we are obtaining results for our clients at a lower fee.
At a typical television advertising law firm, your first call will be handled by a receptionist, who may refer you to an intake person, who will discuss your claim with an intake manager, who then discusses your claim with an associate, who may then report to a partner. You may never speak with the person whose name is at the top of the letterhead. At Matz Injury Law you will always speak with either Steven Matz or Jared Matz.