Jeremy Thurman on September 27, 2011
The last thing we need is yet another reminder of how a life can be tragically lost due to an error that could have been so easily avoided. Sadly, this was the case on September 11, 2011 when 26-year-old Jeffery Dee Jones of Elmore City lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Jones was riding on country road 3170 when he hit a fence post, lost control of his motorcycle, and crashed into a tree. He later died from his injuries. The saddest part of this story is that Jones was not wearing a helmet.
It’s unknown whether alcohol or any other outside influence contributed to this horrific accident. But this young man’s family and friends will always wonder whether his life could have been saved had he taken the simple precaution of wearing a helmet.
We understand wearing a motorcycle helmet has become a much more complicated issue than just one of safety. Many motorcycle riders feel it is their choice whether or not to wear a helmet, and that laws requiring it are an infringement upon their rights. It’s an issue that is not easily resolved.
Oklahoma’s motorcycle helmet law is considered a partial law, meaning the helmet requirement is based on the rider’s age, the amount of training the rider has had, and the type or amount of insurance coverage on the rider. For this reason, many motorcycle riders in the state choose to ride without helmets.
Motorcycle injury statistics show that in 2008, 74% of those killed in Oklahoma motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets. Think about how many lives could have been saved that year just by donning a helmet.
We at McIntyre Law hope that if you ride a motorcycle, you take every precaution available to you to keep yourself safe.