Portage Car Accidents

Steve Matz and his team have been practicing law in Michigan for decades. They’ve logged hundreds of thousands of miles traveling to virtually every county in Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, meeting with clients, and doing the work necessary to earn significant settlements on their clients’ behalf.

Our Fee is 22% not 33%

Car Accident Lawyer Serving Portage, MI

Getting into a motor vehicle accident, especially a serious one, can change your life permanently and in an instant. Major car accidents can leave people with serious injuries and property damage. Insurance companies are reluctant to compensate you; they will go out of their way to pay as little as possible and even get out of paying altogether.

Matz Injury Law’s firm has experienced lawyers serving Portage car accident victims. We have helped recover fair compensation from insurance companies. No matter where you are driving in Michigan, you deserve a safe experience. Moreover, you are entitled to compensation when someone else’s reckless behavior results in serious and permanent injuries. Let our law office help with the legal representation you need.

Portage, Michigan Car Accident Statistics You Should Know

If you are a Portage resident, you are likely used to seeing news reports from our home county of Kalamazoo citing accidents on I-94. This intersection was named the deadliest road in Kalamazoo County in 2019, with eight fatal accidents in a two-year period between 2017 and 2019. Since 2005, the I-94/I-131 cloverleaf has seen seven fatal accidents. The entirety of Kalamazoo county saw six fatal accidents from snowy weather in 2017-2019 and 20 fatal accidents resulting from DUI.

How Do No-Fault Laws Work in Portage?

Michigan is a no-fault state for car insurance. No fault laws apply in Portage the same as other cities in Michigan. This means that you must carry insurance to cover your injuries and damages regardless of who was at fault for the accident. These laws apply only to auto accidents, not other injury claims under personal injury law, like medical malpractice.

This means that if you are involved in a crash, you file your initial injury claims with your insurance provider, who is supposed to pay for the damages.

While this is designed to protect you and help you get the personal injury claim started faster, the system is flawed. Insurance companies still look for ways to get out of paying claims, and car accident attorneys spend hours negotiating injury cases with no-fault carriers that exploit loopholes.

Can I Sue After an Automobile Accident in Portage, Michigan?

Yes, you can sue the other driver if they are at fault for the accident. The process begins when you report the claim to your insurance company. Then you should contact a personal injury lawyer with practice areas in auto accidents. The right injury lawyers serving Portage can help you to build a case and negotiate with bullying insurance companies to get the settlement and fair compensation you deserve. If you have been in a car crash, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Matz Injury Law at 1-866-22Not33 or through our online form for legal advice and a free consultation on your case.

 

What Damages Can I Recover After a Portage, Michigan Car Accident?

You can recover a wide range of damages after a car accident. These come in two varieties: economic damages (also called special damages) and non-economic damages (also called general damages).

Economic damages are easy to value. They include things like your medical bills, medication, procedures, and other medical expenses. Economic damages also cover your lost wages and the wages you may have earned in the future if you were not injured. In a wrongful death case where you lose a loved one, economic damages can include funeral and burial expenses.

Non-economic damages are more subjective and sometimes referred to as “pain and suffering.” Valuing these can require the services of injury lawyers serving Portage.

Can I Sue for Pain and Suffering?

You can sue for pain and suffering; it may form an essential part of your case. It is more difficult to value than economic damages, and your attorney at law will have methods to place a value on it. It includes things like the physical pain you experience, loss of consortium, loss of support and comfort, loss of your ability to enjoy life, emotional trauma, PTSD, mental anguish, embarrassment and humiliation, and all the “invisible” injuries you have suffered.

If you have suffered serious injuries in a car crash, let the injury lawyers serving Portage at Matz Injury Law help you to value the pain and suffering you experience. We have years of experience representing people like you and are listed among Michigan Super Lawyers for our excellence. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim After an Auto Accident in Portage, Michigan?

The deadline to file your injury claim is called a statute of limitations. In Michigan, this statute of limitations is three years from the date of the crash. If the case is a wrongful death case, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of death.

When Should I Hire Portage, Michigan Car Accident Lawyers?

It is never too soon to contact a car accident attorney. Time is of the essence. Not only do you have a statute of limitations to worry about, but evidence can also fade quickly, and building an iron-clad case is essential. Your lawyer can help you to avoid critical mistakes like making incriminating statements to insurance adjusters.

The first thing to do in a car accident is to call 911. Get first responders on the scene and file a police report. Collect evidence at the location. Take photos, draw diagrams, get witness contact information, and do anything else you can think to record. Next, call a lawyer right away. It could be the most important call you make.

Is It Worth Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Motor Vehicle Accident?

Having a lawyer in your corner gives you the best chance at significant compensation for your injury. The insurance company – even yours – is not your friend. They might seem compassionate but make no mistake: they are looking for reasons to deny your claim. Your attorney can fight back, communicate and negotiate on your behalf, and stop the insurance company from using the law against you.

How Much Do Portage Car Accident Lawyers Cost?

There is no set amount for a car accident lawyer. At Matz Injury Law, we work on contingency, meaning the case review is free, and if we don’t win, you don’t pay any fees. Even better, we take only 22% rather than the standard 33% fee, which is why our slogan is “22, Not 33!”

Serving Car Accident Victims in Portage, Michigan for Decades

Portage is a great city with beautiful places like Al Sabo Land Preserve, Milham Park, Austin Lake, and the Kalamazoo River. People here deserve to have fun with their families, and they deserve safe roadways. Matz Injury Law serves Portage, Schoolcraft, Koning, Grand Rapids, Jilek, Battle Creek, Sterling Heights, and more. We have represented many people just like you. At our firm, we believe in giving our clients individualized attention because we genuinely care about your recovery. Call our injury lawyers serving Portage at 1-866-22Not33 or use our online contact form for a case review today.

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Recent Settlements


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    $400,000 for a vacationing motorist whose SUV was struck by a pickup truck that crossed the center line on an icy northern Michigan road.

  • $600,000 Settlement In Kent
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    $600,000 settlement for a mild closed head injury victim.

  • $170,000 For Injured Construction Worker
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    $170,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a shoulder injury when struck by a driver on an icy road in Clare County.

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    $200,000 settlement on behalf of a young woman who suffered leg and foot fractures after an automobile/pedestrian collision.

  • $200,000 Settlement In St. Clare County Collision
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    $200,000 settlement in a rural county for a 4 year-old who died as a result of a truck/pedestrian collision.

  • $350,000 Settlement In Branch
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    $350,000 to a woman who suffered a broken arm when her vehicle was struck by a semi.

  • $825,000 Settlement For Nerve Injury Victim In Jackson County
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    $825,000 settlement on behalf of a 25 year-old man in a rural county with a peroneal nerve injury as a consequence of an automobile/truck collision.

  • $290,000 For 70 Year-Old Accident Victim
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    $290,000 for a 70 year-old woman whose car was broadsided by a driver who claimed he had the green light at an intersection.

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    $200,000 (policy limit) settlement for the wrongful death of a recent immigrant.

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The maximum contingency fee permitted by law is actually 33 1/3%. 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.

What does 22not33 mean, exactly?

We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 33 1/3% 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.

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