KSL reported the death of Tyler Wilde in Kaysville titling the article “Motorcyclist's Death Raises Questions About Bullet Bikes.”
I am sorry that Tyler Wilde is dead. I extend my sympathies to the family and friends that he left behind. However, he was 21 years old and presumably able to make his own decisions about buying and operating a motorcycle. I have written about free choice and the joy of riding motorcycles in the context of the legal system because I am a motorcycle injury lawyer. I have commented about helmet laws, insurance and other legislation that wants to impinge upon free choice of motorcyclists. Ultimately I believe that liberty is sacrosanct. Free will and the choice to buy and operate a motorcycle or ride without a helmet is a personal decision and should be left a free decision without the intrusion of government.
I understand that KSL is a news organization and articles need to generate public comment in order to attract attention. Furthermore, the free exchange of opinion is of course what has made this country great. But to intrude upon free choice is problematic. Some will argue that requiring all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet is not unlike requiring all vehicle drivers to wear seatbelts. This is an erroneous argument and I have posted on this as well on my website at utahbikelaw.com.
I ride a Harley and I choose to wear a helmet and proper gear every time I get on my bike. I took a safety riding course and urge others to do the same before riding. At the beginning of every riding season I go to a parking lot and practice hard braking and cornering just to get back in the swing.
Free choice and not bullet bikes are what contributed to this young man's early death.