J&P’s Cowan Will Ride Again After Motorcycle Accident

//J&P’s Cowan Will Ride Again After Motorcycle Accident

J&P’s Cowan Will Ride Again After Motorcycle Accident

Joe in EREditor’s Note: Back in November, we introduced you to Joe Cowan, J&P Cycles Network Administrator. At the time of the blog being published, Joe was in transition from our Iowa headquarters to Daytona Superstore. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving in Florida, Joe was involved in an accident. He has graciously agreed to share his story. After drizzling all day, it was time to go home. I dawned my rain pants over my jeans, put on my jacket and helmet. As I proceeded home down US1, the lanes were merging into one due to construction. I was aware of the black SUV in the left lane behind me as I was in the right lane going 55 miles per hour. Other than the SUV, there was no other traffic coming toward me from behind.

As the lanes were merging the SUV sped ahead of me and without blinkering moved into the right lane with me. I let off the throttle immediately to put some distance between us. The last time I looked at the speedometer it read 40 miles per hour. Within moments of the SUV changing into my lane, he made a sudden stop. The SUV’s sudden stop was very evident when its rear end arched up because of its weight. I used my front and rear breaks to stop and was not going to stop in time and my bike began to slide. At this time, I had two choices: either hit the rear of the SUV or drive the bike off the road to the right into the grass. In a split second decision, I knew the grass was the better option.

Even though the SUV played a part in the situation, I knew it would ultimately be my fault for hitting them from the rear (along with the fact that the impact with the SUV would be worse on my body than the grass). So, off to the grass I went. There was side-road pavement that I hit before the grass. As I hit that side-road pavement the bike began to ride away from me and I began to uncontrollably roll over my left side. I did see my bike pass the SUV on its right side. That was the last time I saw that SUV – they left.

Joe Cowan wrist xrays When my rolling came to a stop, I was out of breath and in shock. I knew enough not to move my body at all. So laid there on my right side. Only moments passed until a passing motorist came to my aide, she was a nurse – lucky me! The paramedics arrived and removed my gouged helmet and cut off my jacket. My rain pants were shredded. Thankfully I had my jeans on underneath them (I normally wear shorts).

The injuries consisted of a shattered and dislocated wrist (shattered radius), separated collar bone at the shoulder, and road rash on my right palm. At the hospital they set my wrist straight and put a plate in with 12 screws (mine to keep). My shoulder has a Kevlar rope that pulls the collar bone back into position so the tendons can scar back (also mine to keep).

Therapy is in my future for about three months. My wrist will never be the same as the damage was so severe. The uncomfortable pain is ongoing and makes sleep difficult.

Despite all of this, I will return to riding my bike. I do get a lot of joy from riding. I’ll just be a little choosier of the days I ride.

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  1. Michael Beall May 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Stay true to the therapy sessions, it may get old but will definitely payoff in long term.

    Take care,

  2. Bob Goodloe May 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Hang in there brother! It is a shame of 4 wheelers and their lack of road respect for us.
    Skiatook, Ok.

    • Nicolas Castanon May 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Joe, Gracias a Dios you’re doing great. Not to get religious, but myself and my rider friends believe in guardian angels. Your angel did a get job protecting you with your quick thinking. Send a pic of you on your bike. God bless you and your family.

  3. Lee March 18, 2014 at 10:05 am

    God Bless you Joe in your recovery. In 1975, just months after getting a new ride I was hit head on, on an interstate doing 60+, no decisions it was 2 in the morning and never saw this cage, but 2 headlights, friends kept me from getting up, hospital for 4 months, fractured vertabre, broken wrist and compound tibia. fast forward to present and 2 more pavement sliders , still riding my 2000 fatboy. Will never stop unless health stops me.

  4. Gil Rodriguez January 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Joe, I wish a speedy recovery. I have been riding since 1974 and have been hit 3 times so I definetly feel your pain… always a distracted driver that never sees an oncoming motorcyclist. best wishes and ride defensively….

  5. LINDA January 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Healing Prayers are being sent to you for a speedy recovery Joe. Your Guardian Angel sent you that special nurse to be there to take care of you just at the right time.
    Feel Better Fast & Pain Free!
    Keep Safe & Be Well!

  6. Steve Edwards January 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Last July I was cruising along at about 45 miles per hr on a beautiful Tuesday morning when my sportster was hit from behind by an uninsured motorist who “just didn’t see me”. My bike was totaled. I remember flying up on the air and I came down I saw his bumper just inches from my face and thinking” oh my god, he is going to run right over me. Don’t remember how many times I bounced and rolled. Suffered terrible road rash along with many other bumps,bruises and stitches. At that time I was thinking, more no more riding for me. Since then I have purchased a beautiful custom chopper and can’t wait for spring. It’s in my blood and I am not going to let one idiot spoil that for me. Live to ride, ride to live.

  7. Howard January 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Joe, sorry to hear of your accident. Glad you are recovering and will ride again. As a general rule, cages do not consider motorcyclists and have no respect for us as being on the highway and seem to think they can drive recklessly with no consequences. I am glad that some states are passing laws the will hold cages responsible for their actions that cause injury to riders. In cases like yours though, the perp left the scene with no identifiable properties except a black suv. Maybe we should all ride with cams to record what goes on around us and make catching the perps easier. Yours could possible receive charges including leaving the scene. Best wishes.

  8. Frank Tomlinson January 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Glad you’re going to be OK. Thanks for sharing as it will remind us to be vigilant while on the bike. Wishing you a speedy recovery and see you on the road soon!

  9. David January 16, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Hope you get better joe I know how it is going down. I just recently went down my self in august going 45 mph. I broke my spine in three different places my T11 and T12 and also compressed a disc. Now i have a rod and 8 screws holding my back together. And like you I am also going to ride again once I get another bike due to the fact I totalled mine in my accident. Hole you have a speedy recovery. Stay safe out their on the road my fellow bikers.

  10. Mike January 16, 2014 at 5:42 am


    Get better man. Physio is going to be fun (NOT)!


  11. Michael J. DeWitt January 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I too am recovering from an accident, where I was the target of a me first suv cage.I to realized after they ran the red light totaled my scoot, and tore muscles, tendons, bulges and tore discs blown l8tr in my neck and back.soft tissue damage too my right side.from neck down to and through both sides of back and both legs to numbness in my toes and feet.I to will again be riding a it calls my soul To do and bring me peace if not but for a short time ride on my brother keep it shiny side up rubber side down.Rollin fast forever in the wind.
    Hippy Mike

  12. Unk January 16, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Man, sorry to hear your down, but at least not out of the game dude. I hope you will get better very soon so you can join us back on the open road. I know they say anyone who doesn’t ride in the rain is a, well you know. I look at it this way. I would rather be dry and a live than wet and died. I know some times you get caught in a rain shower while riding which you just can’t help. When that happens hopefully your riding with friends or a club so you can watch each others backs. This past summer one of our members went down do to a car pulling to far forward at a stop sign. We needed to make a left turn on a narrow country road and she just couldn’t make the turn and off the side of the road she went into a deep ditch. She was luck that she was going at a low rate of speed. The only thing that happened to her was she got a busted lip when she fell forward and hit the windshield on her bike. She was a trooper, because she finished out the ride and lunch with us. We all played our part in her accident. I directed traffic while some of the other members pulled her bike out of the ditch. We wanted to make sure no else got hurt or injured. You take care and get well soon. Unk.

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  14. Gary Dobbins January 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Did you meet any more cool nurses in the heal-up. Don’t forget to do a formal thank-you to the nurse that stopped. Nurses, they’re great . I should know . I married the one that saved me!

  15. Chris w James January 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Get well soon! Glad to see you’re not going to give up riding, be safe out there.

  16. Wilson January 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Hang in there Joe! God Bless you and i’m pulling for you to get a speedy and full recovery.

  17. Don January 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    You will make it.I am 54 and in 2012 had a deer run into me on the Highway. The deer was killed and landed in the ditch.My bike go all trashed and went sliding.I managed to go rolling down the highway head first.All I remember was landing on my helmet and left shoulder.I managed to break my collar bone,a bunch of ribs,split my shoulder socket and got a nice case of road rash.I opted out of shoulder surgery and healed it and I am back to riding.My left arm seems to be ok today.Do your rehab and get you muscles back in shape and keep a good diet and supplement if needed.That is what I did and I healed up just fine.You will be back on a bike before you know it.P.S. I ride dirt bikes and quads too.

  18. Don Becklin January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Get better, Joe!

  19. Kim Hicks January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I hope you are doing much better! It will take time for you to heal and – no that wrist won’t be the same. I use a compression bandage on days mine hurts. it’s been 7 years.

  20. STEVE WALTMAN January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Glad that you will be on the bike as soon as you are able. 30+ years ago I had a similar situation happen here in middle Nebraska. I was lucky. Ruined an almost new set of leathers and got some road rash and bruises. It took me several weeks before I was riding again. The bike had more damage than me.
    In June 2013 I had a (&^*(%%#) on his cell phone almost get me in Indiana on a vacation ride from Lincoln in a long loop to NC and back through Anamosa. Besides my acquired habit of driving for the other guy I was helped out by a trucker who saw it happening in his mirror and took the apron and ditch to give me room to get in the clear. I bought him dinner down the road and made (I hope) a lifelong friend for all riders.

  21. Billy Fiveash January 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Same thing happened to me in Tennessee on Hwy. 96 out of Franklin. I didn’t ride for 6months but eventually my love for riding out weight my fears.
    Good luck friend

  22. Loren Gootar January 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    You are now a member of the broken wings club, as I am. Sorry to hear about your mishap amd hope for a speedy recovery. Ride safe, be smart and get back on road when you are able. I get my most enjoyment out of riding, other than being with my family.

  23. Grumps January 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I know your pain, ’95 i went down and broke my leg just below the knee (still walk with a limp), and shattered my shoulder in to 8 pieces. the Doc put me all back together with original parts and lots of sutures. Shoulder is still weak at times and the knee hurts when I have been on the bike for a long ride, but I still ride. Doc said I would not be able to ride for at least 2 years, Accident was April 17 and I picked my repaired bike up on August 24th and went for a 100 mile ride.

    Stay strong, see you in the wind some day.

  24. Gary Prather January 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Glad to hear that you are OK, Joe! I hope you have a speedy recovery and are back riding again soon. Many years ago I had an elderly man pull out in front of me resulting in a crash that totaled my bike and left me with a broken leg. He said he never saw me. Since that time I have ridden as if I am invisible, and assume those drivers will never see me no matter what precautions I take! On the other hand, I myself almost caused a biker to go down last year while I was driving my pickup and was about to change lanes..he was in a blind spot and I never saw him until the last minute but was able to avoid an accident that would have been my fault. It happens!

  25. Steve January 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I pray for speedy recovery for you and thank God you are still with us! On Halloween evening last October I was involved in an accident when a deer ran out in front of me. It happened so fast there was nothing I could do. I came off my Road King and sustained a shattered left ankle, broke both the tibia and fibia bones, three ribs on my left side, and a broken collar bone. I had surgery on my ankle and was given 2 plates and eighteen screws? But, God blessed me, one of the first people to stop and helped me was a orthopedic surgeon, who along with several other ladies gave me aid and comfort. My bike has been fixed and is ready for my next ride, but I’m still healing. Maybe we will meet someday in the wind! God bless brother!

  26. Karl Kunkel January 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    We are all rooting for you! Based on the comments you have received so far, I can tell many of us have had our own unpleasant experiences with those four-wheelers. With the types of drivers we see out there, I know I’m much more alert now when I’m riding a bike — and when I’m in a car.
    Get well soon!

    Karl Kunkel
    High Point, NC

  27. Rick DiPompeo January 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    In my 35 years as a police officer, if I could change one thing in police reporting, it would be renaming the “MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT” to the “DRIVER STUPIDITY REPORT!” I never handled a vehicle collision that was truly an “ACCIDENT!”
    God speed your recovery and glad to hear you’ll be back on the bike once you heal! I’ll keep you in my good thoughts!

  28. Bill Norman January 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Unfortunately, there are many people on the road who should not be, including millions of illegal aliens who cannot even read road signs. There are people with mental disorders who easily suffer road rage, elderly who can barely see or react and yet refuse to give up their licenses, and 16 year olds who have are not mature enough to make good decisions and are to afraid to stop when they cause an accident. I recently had a box truck hit a guard rail in front of me and it had 12 immigrant workers inside! We bikers recognize the diminishing abilities of drivers better than anyone as we are the most vulnerable. The States need to be more aggressive in removing dangerous drivers from the roads.

    Be safe everyone and Godspeed in your healing Joe.

    • Mike January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Bill. A little over ten years ago I almost lost my life in an automobile accident caused by illegal immigrants. They ran a stop sign and I had to make a quick choice of either T-boning their car or swerving off toward a ditch. The natural reaction was to swerve and, in so doing, I eventually hit a tree head-on. Needless to say, these guys had no insurance, no license and the car they were driving didn’t have the correct license plates. Long story short, I still suffer from injuries incurred in that wreck, but the good news is that I can still walk and ride my bike. Unfortunately, my insurance rates went up even though it wasn’t my fault! The whole incident did open my eyes to the danger of illegal immigrants on the road. Something needs to be done about trying to make our highways safer. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the horse is already out-of-the-barn so to speak and our politicians don’t have the political will to enforce our own laws. I guess we can keep trying when we go to the polls, but I’m not optimistic.

  29. John Autry January 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Joe Cowan, hope you get better and can ride again. It’s tough being under the weather. And surgery doesn’t help. Trust me I know. But can’t stop riding it’s part of my life. And the person that caused it should of been more compassionate towards your situation. But as you know there are those out there that don’t have compassion. But god bless and enjoy your new job too. Later ride safe!!

  30. Alan January 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hang in there Joe, to this point I’ve not had a wreck but the situation you were in I see all to often whether is on my bike or in my Tractor Trailer. People just don’t care whether in 2 wheels or in an 18 wheeler it’s exactly the same. I know alotta big rig drivers that have purchased video cameras for just the type of situation you describe. After some recent articles I’ve read about motorcycle noise and such and then reading the comments sections such as this, there are far too many people out there that do not like bike riders and will, according to their comments, do what they can to run us off the road. Because of this, I too am thinking about a camera I can easily move from the truck to the bike. Good luck with your recovery and everybody be safe out there.

  31. Jon January 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Glad to hear you made it out with only minor injuries. I was involved in a crash myself back in September. A tractor trailer across the intersection turned led in front of me an I hit the side of the truck doing about 60kmh. The bike was a total write off. I escaped with only cuts an bruises and a twisted ankle. The paramedics, police, doctors and nurses were all amazed that I wasn’t killed, let alone only having cuts and bruises.

    All the best in your recovery.

  32. gk January 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I know its a tough without anytime to think , but now that you have taken the bike down once, do you think it would be better to just lay it down while moving yourself on top of the bike and ride it like a sled until it stops. That’s what I had to do at a busy round about circle. They are the worst things that have ever happened to traffic.

  33. R.Tillery January 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Well, the image of all those screws crowded in together will certainly linger, seems careless drivers do tend to hurt those AROUND them more often than themselves.
    From ours to yours, we hope for you a speedy & complete recovery… oh, and DO watch out for the idiots.

  34. Stan Indyk January 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hey Joe,
    Your accident story touched a nerve with me as I was involved in a very similar accident in ’09. The resulting injuries from it are also similar. My left hand was dislocated at the wrist and layed beside my arm and I also suffered a tibial plateau fracture in my right knee. Distal radious fracture are words all to familiar with me too. After seeing your x-rays , I too have 14 screws holding it all together along with two other pins that were later removed. To make a long story short,
    We survived. You will heal although the process “is” painful. Thank God for good Surgeons !! Therapy is a tough road but it pays off well in the end. I’m glad to hear your not giving up riding. I was iffy for a while after 33 yrs. of good road. My Road King was totaled so I bought a new ’10’ FLSTESC . It’s in our blood. Hang in there. Your gonna be ok !!! What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and wiser…

  35. Ann Marie, Jersey Shore January 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Joe, I’m so glad you are ok!! It never fails, IT’S ALWAYS,ALWAYS,ALWAYS ANOTHER VEHICLE THAT CAUSES THE BIKE WRECKS, RARELY, RARELY, IS IT THE FAULT OF THE BIKER!!!. This angers me sooo much! My husband suffered a horrific bike accident that caused him 3 brain surgeries, and much more, due to our neighbor backing out of his driveway when we were coming home from dinner on New Years Day 2013. He said “oh I thought I had enough time” even tho he saw us coming. Yeah, ok !! Let’s chance it! Thank God he survived, he’s pretty much back to normal, some minor surgeries of his neck and back and knee remain. My husband was issued the summons for careless driving because he hit the truck. REALLY!! Again I’m glad you are ok, and yes get back on that iron horse and ride..my husband already has!

  36. Barry Bluth January 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Like many of the previous readers , the one time I laid mine down was just after a downpour here in Florida. I think everyone could benefit from increasing awareness of wet weather hazards to bikers???

  37. Ron in Springfield, Mo. January 15, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Joe, so sorry to hear of your wreck. This kind of thing is what we, as riders, have to put-up with and accept, to do what we love doing. I got hit from behind a couple months ago, by a guy driving a Cadillac SUV, at about 25 MPH. God definitly had His hand on me that day. My Nomad got knocked out from under me. Bike was totaled by his insurance company. I had some great bruises but didn’t break any bones or even the skin. As I said God was with me. Yesterday, I ALMOST got hit again by a merging driver with their head up where the sun don’t shine. Hangin there Joe.

  38. Dan Richardson January 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

    May 13 2013. Mothers day.
    A car came across 3 lanes right in front of me.
    Instead of laying my bike down and getting ran over by the other traffic.
    I put my foot down at 30 mph.
    Broke my leg had 2 surgeries and a steel plate in my leg.
    I was riding again when I could walk with a cane.
    I will always ride as long as I can hold it up!
    Wish you a speedy recovery!!

  39. Homer T Lang January 15, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Joe sorry to hear of your accident. I too was involved in an accident in 2010 which left my lower left leg seriously injured. Didn’t slow me down, and after almost 4 years I’m back riding. SO it can be done. Be strong, be patient, and of all do what you like doing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,riding!!

  40. Lee Urbainzick January 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

    After hitting a deer in Iowa, I remember thinking, “today’s a lousy day to die.” I was quite surprised to realize I was laying face down in the middle of the highway struggling to catch a breath and in a lot of pain. I am grateful for the good Samaritans that stopped to help, the Lansing EMT’s who got there incredibly quick and the awesome staff at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital. I broke a lot of parts including my sternum, collar bone, shoulder blade and wrist. The pain was intense but the pain reminded me that I was lucky to be alive. Since then I have made about a 95% recovery. People think I am crazy when I tell them that day may have been the best thing to ever have happened to me. I got my perspective on life and what is important. I ride more now than ever and enjoy it more than ever before. Hang in there, the pain and torture of physical therapy is worth it and remember, the pain is your reminder that you are still alive.

  41. Denny January 15, 2014 at 5:17 am


    Best wishes for a quick recovery.


  42. Fred Casey January 15, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Hey Joe,
    Get well soon. Hope your back riding sooner than later. Nice bike, hope it didn’t get to banged up to bad. Anyway take care be safe.
    God Bless

  43. Tim chapman January 15, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I am so sorry to hear about the mans accident Joe. I to was involved in accident on November 2 2010 I was hit by another motorcycle. He was riding a Goldwing I was riding a BMW f650gs it had right at 93,000 miles on the bike well it totaled my bike and shattered my left ankle and tore the right rotor cuff. They put 11 screws and then took two screws out of the ankle so I could run again one day. The thing about it was that the man was riding with me. We had ridden like 290 mikes that day and only had 20 to go to our distanation he had no insurance. I had only only on the bike no health insurance had to go 100 south to get my operations. Went to the va hospital in Nashville Tennessee. I am all healed up now. I started riding again on April 11-2011 I bought a 05 BMW R1200RT. I put 39plus thousand miles on it. June 1-2012 I traded it for a new BMW R1200RT I have 43,400 on it now 2. January 16-2016. Still riding. I again Joe am very sorry and I hope you have a very safe ride from now on. Keep the rubber down and I hope to see you riding one day.

  44. Dave January 15, 2014 at 12:56 am

    You made the right choice and as they say, “what goes around comes around.” Those who do what the black SUV drive did, will regret their actions one day. You focus on healing and don’t give them another thought.

  45. Ravi Shah January 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I had an accident on my VTX 1800 on April 7th in 2013. My accident was basically my fault as I was going too fast for conditions. There was road construction, and I saw that I had to slow down, but I was simply going too fast. The result was a broken ankle which required a pin, 4 screws and a plate, and road rash, luckily I didn’t hit my head. But I’m a rider like you and I can’t wait to get back in my bike in the spring. Keep your chin up rider.

  46. Michael Zulli January 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Joe,I hope you have a fast and as painless recovery as possible. I know how you’re feeling as I was in almost the same type of accident on my bike. I was riding beside a woman talking on her cell phone when she cut into my lane,I chose to run off into the grass rather than have her hit me at 40 mph. I laid down my bike and broke my wrist and my leg,femur bone snapped and ripped thru the muscle just above my knee. Of course she kept going. I ended up in a wrist cast and a steel brace holding my leg together until I was able to get a steel plate and screws to hold together my femur bone. I won’t even mention the extreme pain I’m going thru and the financial hurt this has put me and my family thru since I’m now out of work. All Bikers that read this,I’d like to say,please be extra careful out there! And to all other drivers, WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES!!!

  47. Jake January 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Hey bro, been there, know what happened. I’ve been riding since I was 19. I’m now 75 and still riding. Been in 2 bad accidents and like you it wasn’t my fault. Hope your’e still active at my age.

  48. jorge lopez January 14, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    You have a great attitude torwards something so bad. Never look back and hope to hear you are riding soon.

  49. jeff houck January 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Gods speed in you’re healing joe hope your pain eases soon .We’ll see you on the road soon.

  50. Larry Q January 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    It sounds to me like the SUV driver was just another irresponsible driver that doesn’t care about anything outside the confines of the compartment he/she was sitting in. The law that says if you rear end someone it is automatically your fault is screwy at best. I’ve been in the saddle for thirty years now and have seen just about every insane style of driving and crazy stunt by car you can imagine; many times to the peril of a biker. You are fortunate that it wasn’t worse than it was. I have never felt the ground or pavement anywhere except on the soles of my feet. That fact can be attributed to my riding strategy I developed right after I got my first bike in the early 80s, and my riding style has stayed pretty much the same ever since, because drivers are just as inattentive, reckless and inconsiderate towards bikers now as they were then.

  51. Debbie January 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    So sorry to read about your accident & wish you a speedy recovery . My boyfriend Glen had an accident here in CT last September a car was in the left hand turn lane he was going straight at the last minute the car decided he didn’t want to turn any more so he turned back into Glen’s lane, because Glen was excelerating to go up a hill he didn’t have time to react & clipped the car’s bumper flipped over the handle bars & smashed into the trunk of the car hitting his head ( no helmet ) & right shoulder. He missed 8 weeks of work, $12,000 damage to the bike & still in physical therapy for his shoulder !! It was a beautiful clear day so it just goes to show rain or shine you just never know what’s in store for you !! Everyone is giving Glen a hard time about riding again but I’m sure like yourself Glen is counting the days until he can ride again the love & need to ride is greater than the risk !! God speed !!

  52. chris colon January 14, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    hey brother biker
    i had a serverly comminuted distal radius fracture,back in 1979.did not have the blessings of a distal fracture plate like yours.but i was pinned at the hand and elbow with a short arm plaster cast for three months,after that is was physical therapy time for me.working in orthopedics ,well i did my own.my wrist is back to a normal range of motion in all planes.my story is to give you hope that all can return to 98% normal,but YOU have to work really hard at getting better.it will be painful,but so is life at times .just weather the storm to you see the sunshine.,and ride safe.

  53. Mike Piontka January 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hey Joe. Crazy things happen out there on the highway to hell. Why is it always black suv’s that are usually Chevys?
    Just went through serious surgery. You’ll make it through the pain. Relax, don’t worry, things will get done, and when your ready, the shop will be ready for you.
    For a short distance decision, you probably saved yourself life-threatening injuries. Hope the scoot is ok.

  54. Robert Lytle January 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Don’t give It will get better some day. At least I think so I am still waiting but it has got some better over the years. Had a wreck 9/1/2006 riding to the mountains with my wife and another couple on I-40 when a girl from mexico ran in between the wife and I then she must have seen how close she was to the wife and hit her brakes. I am not sure have no memory. they said I was digging in my saddle bag when I hit should have been wearing shoulder holster. I woke up 2 months later in hospital, they had to put me in a coma had brain damage from the bike behind me that ran over my head, broke the shifter off his softtail with my head, no broken bones ground a couple of tats off my arm. Had to learn how to walk again, didn’t know who my father was for a while. but it is coming back to me slowly bought a new bike after about a year learned how to ride again
    THANK GOD FOR UNDER INSURED INSURANCE COVERAGE, BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY I GOT ANYTHING FOR ALL OF THIS. IN NC your insurance company can sure you for using your insurance if you get any money from an accident mine sued me for $750’000.00 but luckily for me they took only $60,000.00. Don’t know if your state in the same or not, RICH PEOPLE GET TO WRITE ALL OF THE LAWS TO BEIFIT THEMSELVES.

  55. Tony January 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Joe, be well brother, Due your therapy. The therapy works and get well soon. Just remember that people with 4 wheels don’t think about people with 2.
    I hope that you get back up soon.

  56. Bobby Delk January 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry to hear about your wreck but thank god you are here to tell about it. I had basically the same experience only in reverse. I had just stopped when some knucklehead on a phone rearended me. I went one way and the bike went another. I had only had the bike 3 weeks and still had paper tags. Over $5000 damage on a brand new Heritage Classic. I am still riding but just a lot more cautious of who is around me. I will say a prayer for you for a speedy recovery.

  57. Tom Harpst January 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Good luck on your recovery, God bless

  58. Jerre B. Sadler January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Damn glad you survived and that you are on the mend and looking forward to continued riding. Always look at the weather before riding in Florida as it usually changes at least twice daily. Idiots in cages are everywhere and they all have cellphones in use that leaves them with the attention level of a DWI driver. I carry the scars of a wreck caused by a high student from FAMU too stoned to walk so he drove and damn near killed me at an intersection. He tried to leave but witnesses wouldn’t let him. It happened in 1975 and I still limp on my left leg. Be careful and ride safely. Good luck!!

  59. Chris January 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Stay strong brother. It happens to all of us sooner or later. There are two types of riders: those that have been down and those that are going down.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and appreciate you sharing your experience.

    Chris Hemminger

  60. Jerry Knowles January 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hey Brother sorry about your accident but glad you survived to ride another day. Remember if you ain’t limping or got some other srewed up limb or back you ain’t a biker. Get well soon and next time shiny side up.:)

  61. Dave January 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Joe, I had something very similar happen last summer, but I must have had a fraction of a second more time than you and wound up passing the girl in the white Pontiac who was on the phone. I went around the right side on the distress lane, thinking I was going to crash, but to this day, I don’t know how that bike came up straight. Anyway, I’m glad you are going to be OK. It must be nice working at J&P. They have been consistently great to buy from. I’m praying that God will make that wrist good as new after you get to the physical terrorist. Keep smiling, spring is coming!

  62. David Smith January 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Ride On Brother. I too have a solid steel right leg, fake ankle and train tracks for scars. Still ride everyday I can. Usually daily unless raining or transporting tools. Sleep is hard, standing and walking hard, but riding is still comfy.
    Good luck and stay vertical.

  63. Florida January 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Florida is a “no-fault” insurance state. Doesn’t matter who did what, your own insurance pays your claim. That’s why they push the “uninsured” coverage. A lot of people are on the road with zero insurance. That SUV… yeah probably stolen or driven by a non-licensed driver. Sorry for your experience but it’s pretty typical in the Sunshine state.

  64. George Dell December 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Greetings from across the pond. Just reading of your recent motorcycle accident, best wishes for a speedy recovery from a UK biker.

  65. Neal Cook December 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Don’t give up hope on your wrist… I hit a bear in June on highway 41(alligator alley) while on vacation. I went home to Las Vegas for my surgery I’ve got two plates and 15 pins and screws. I’ve got almost full use of my wrist I had a great physical therapist who pushed me to my limits everytime I saw her ( twice a week for 3 months) I’m back riding and doing my job as a over the road trucker… Hey I was born in Anamosa grew up in Marion you can’t keep a good Iowa boy down.. Good luck to ya you’ll be back in the wind before ya know it

  66. leo janssen December 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

    health and quick recover.

  67. tim alfrey December 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

    hang in there brother hope to see you up and running soon get well.

  68. Stacy December 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I hope you get well soon . My husband and I were in a wreck in August much lorikeets yours my husband almost lost his foot and had to have a flap and is learning how to walk now . My injuries were very similar to you my wrist looks like yours have had two surgeries on it hand had dropped after first surgery there is still a lot of crush injuries and ruptured tendons will need more surgery on that wrist and hand screws in the other hand and a plate in my collar . I just wish other drivers would pay attention and not come to a dead stop going 70 . We tried to avoid the back of the flatbed but could not keep from hitting it . We have had a long recovery but we are alive and do plan to ride again . So good luck to you .

  69. Bobby in S.C. December 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Yes you got off with a few bad brakes !!! I was a little more lucky me I have been nursing the left shoulder and foot the ribs quit hurting after a month. A lady did not use a turn signal and of course the next lady had to put on the binders. Me with my head up my a** was toooo close and had to lay the ole Fat Boy down. One grand later and a lot of luck we rode today. A lot more careful though. Oh she stopped and stayed with me until I said please go so I could lye and tell the cops it was pine straw that caused it all.
    Get Well And Ride Again.

  70. Bad Bob TN December 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Get well soon Joe!

    Thanks for the story. This was a favorite insurance scam in SoCal in the 70’s.

    We are moving toward society like Russia where everyone has a video tape going on their dashboard every time they turn the key on.

    • Ross G Kiihn December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Bad Bob, What was your ‘favorite insurance scam of the 70’s’? I’d be interested in hearing it.

      • Karla December 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Where a driver would cut in front of you and then slam on the brakes, making you hit them and of course it would be your fault.

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