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Marthe v. Trotter

Verdicts: Marthe v. Trotter

$4+ Million Wrongful Death Verdict

William Marthe, a 61-year-old machinist, was killed when driving home at 6:00 in the morning following a graveyard shift on his first day back to work after a six-month layoff. Mr. Marthe's pickup was sideswiped by a big rig truck. His pickup then spun into the path of an oncoming second big rig truck. The two truck drivers claimed that Mr. Marthe had crossed over the center line, causing the accident.

Biren Law Group used an extraordinarily sophisticated accident reconstruction to establish that the lead big rig had angled across the center line, causing Mr. Marthe to turn his pickup to the right in an effort to avoid the oncoming truck.

Before trial, the defendant only offered $150,000 of its $750,000 policy. The jury returned a verdict exceeding $4.3 million. One week later, the defendant's insurance company, settled the case for more than 500% of the defendant's policy limits.

If you have suffered injuries in truck accident case or lost a loved one due to wrongful death, we encourage you to contact Biren Law Group for a free consultation.


  • $104,000,000 Premises Liability Judgment
  • $12,000,000 Bad Faith Verdict
  • $4,300,000 Car Accident Verdict
  • $4,300,000 Wrongful Death Verdict
  • $4,000,000 Workplace Injury Settlement
  • $3,500,000 Motorcycle Accident Verdict
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  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Public Justice 2021 Member
  • Litigator Award 2015
  • Litigator Award 2014


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