According to Captain Dave Adams from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, Daniel Klemme, 49, of Sheboygan was headed north on I-43 around 10:30 in the evening. As he entered the off-ramp for Highway 28, he attempted to pass another vehicle on the right. In the process, he lost control of his motorcycle, crashed into a sign, and was ejected from his bike.
Klemme was not wearing a motorcycle helmet.
Orange Cross Ambulance evacuated Klemme from the crash site to St. Nicholas Hospital; from there, a Flight for Life helicopter flew him to Wauwatosa’s Froedtert Hospital. He was initially listed in serious condition, but he was upgraded to satisfactory condition by Monday.
Klemme received his second-offense citation for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
The staff and attorneys at Hupy and Abraham would like to wish Mr. Klemme a quick and thorough recovery.
We can’t help pointing out two instructive lessons from this sad incident. The first, of course, is that drunken driving is not merely a poor safety move, it’s also morally wrong. An intoxicated driver, regardless of the vehicle he controls, is a danger to himself and to others on the road. Driving after drinking in itself shows extremely poor judgment. We don’t need to remind you that alcohol is a factor in about 45 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The second lesson is wear your helmet when operating a motorcycle. Yes, Wisconsin law gives adult riders a choice on whether to wear a helmet or not. Safety considerations, though, say that choice should always be YES. We can see from this incident how easily a rider can be flung from his vehicle. A helmet is your best defense against facial and brain injuries—and even death—in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. Your helmet should be considered a vital part of your riding gear and used conscientiously.