Fatal traffic accidents almost always cause devastating loss to the families of the deceased. On some occasions, the death can cause grief to a much wider circle of friends and acquaintance. This appears to be the impact of a motorcycle accident that occurred about seven miles north of Silsbee on Sept. 13, 2020.
A 61-year old man from Beaumont was riding his bike southbound on FM Road 92 when a northbound vehicle inexplicable crossed the centerline and struck the motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was judged to be dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that caused the head-on collision immediately left the scene.
Deputies from the Texas Department of Public Safety were able to obtain the license number of the car and identify its driver. Deputies located the car, but its owner is still at large.
A wide circle of grief
The deceased was a very popular teacher at Silsbee High School. According to a press release from the Silsbee Independent School District, the man taught a heating, ventilating and air condition curriculum. The district said that the victim had “touched the lives of many students.”
The teacher appears to have left behind a devoted family. Under Texas law, the man’s survivors will have a claim for wrongful death against the driver of the car that crossed the centerline.
Anyone who may have lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to explore the possibility of recovering damages from the driver at fault. An experienced accident attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages.