Auto accidents can occur anywhere, at any time, and can happen to anyone, causing catastrophic property damage and injuries. When you are out in Rochester Hills headed for Stony Creek or Bald Mountain, all you want is a peaceful day out, but when an irresponsible motorist strikes you, your entire life can change in an instant. Injuries from motor vehicle accidents can be truly debilitating and even rob you of loved ones. The insurance company makes it worse, drawing out the process of getting you the compensation you need.
Matz Injury Law can take care of your personal injury claims. We will provide the legal representation you need so you can focus on regaining control of your everyday life.
Were you perhaps driving along M-59 headed to or from work when a negligent driver caused a serious accident and injury? If so, you are not alone. Rochester and Rochester Hills see their fair share of accident cases. Almost 24% of fatal car accidents occur during morning and afternoon rush hour, and 60% of commuting-related fatalities happen in the evening.
In 2019, a study named M-59 the deadliest road in Oakland County. Fourteen fatal accidents occurred there between 2017 and 2019. Oakland County also sees more car crashes than anywhere else in Michigan, with over 40,000 crashes recorded there in 2019.
Matz Injury Law consists of personal injury lawyers serving Rochester and the surrounding areas. We have won millions in verdicts for our clients in motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and car accident injury lawsuits. We won $3 million in a 2009 car accident. More recently, we won over $3.4 million in a truck accident lawsuit, and $1 million in a rear-end accident.
Steve Matz is a multiple-award-winning auto accident lawyer and has been recognized among the top 100 Trial Attorneys in the state of Michigan. Our law firm has a 10/10 Avvo client rating, and we are consistently listed among Super Lawyers for our excellence and customer service. Unlike some large corporate firms, we pride ourselves on personal attention and building rock-solid personal injury cases for our clients.
Having a law firm in your corner with practice areas in car accidents gives you the best chance to fight back against bullying insurance companies and secure maximum fair compensation for your accident. Insurance companies know how to use personal injury law against you, but the right attorney can fight back, build a solid case for you, and remind the insurance company that you are the victim and that you deserve compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
There is no such thing as a no-fault city. No-fault laws are by state, and Michigan in general is a no-fault state for car accidents. There are two important things to understand about no-fault laws. The first is that they only apply to car accidents, and not to other kinds of personal injury cases like medical malpractice or dog bites. The second is that they do not mean that no one is actually at fault for the accident.
No-fault laws mean you are required to carry “no-fault insurance,” or personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, on your car insurance policy. When you are involved in an accident, instead of submitting to the at-fault driver’s insurance, you instead submit to your own insurance company to start your claim. The idea behind it is to make sure that you have an easier time getting your damages paid.
The problem, however, is that there are holes in the law that insurance companies exploit to reduce or even deny claims. That is why having qualified car accident attorneys serving Rochester victims is so important.
You should call an attorney right away after your accident because insurance companies are always looking to get out of paying your claim. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Doing so, however, requires proving that the other driver acted irresponsibly, that their reckless or careless acts led to the accident, and that you got hurt in the accident. Together, these three elements are called negligence.
You may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages for your accident. Economic damages include medical bills and medical expenses, as well as lost wages and the loss of potential future wages earned. In a wrongful death case, it can also include funeral and burial expenses. These are items that are easy to value.
Noneconomic damages are also called pain and suffering, and yes, you can sue for them. Pain and suffering includes invisible injuries like PTSD, cognitive problems, emotional trauma, mood swings, physical pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of comfort, and loss of consortium. These can be caused by conditions such as a brain injury or other trauma.
The deadline to file a car accident is called a statute of limitations. In Michigan, this is three years from the date of the accident, or in the case of wrongful death, three years from the date of death.
There is no set amount, and each attorney has their own fees. Matz Injury Law works on contingency. Your initial consultation is free, and you do not pay anything if we do not win. If we do win, our contingency fee is 22% rather than the 33% charged by other attorneys.
Michigan car accident lawyers exist to represent your interests. They can prevent you from accidentally giving incriminating statements to insurance adjusters. At the car accident scene, first call 911 to be sure that any medical needs are addressed. Next, collect all the evidence you can including taking photos, drawing diagrams, and exchanging information with the other driver. As soon as possible thereafter, you should contact a qualified injury lawyer. It may be the most important call you place.
At Matz Injury Law, we have thousands of miles under our belts visiting and representing clients from across Michigan including Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Farmington, Southfield, Troy, and beyond. We take great pride in offering individualized care to each of our clients. We apply our years of experience to protect the rights of accident victims across the state. When you need an auto accident lawyer to protect your interests with legal advice and legal services you can trust, we are ready to listen. Contact us through our online form or by calling 866-226-6833 for your free consultation 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.