Posted on Apr 05, 2012
On the evening of Saturday, March 10, a single-vehicle motorcycle accident in the town of Wilson left one man with serious injuries.

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.