Dax Shepard was severely injured in a motorcycle accident at a California racetrack Monday, breaking four ribs and his clavicle. During a recent episode of the actor’s Armchair Expert podcast, the 45-year-old star opened up about the accident.
“I was totally at blame”
“I was passing six guys on Sonoma Raceway on a motorcycle and I was braking very, very hard. Hard enough that the back wheel was off the ground for a good 100 yards,” he recalled. “I was totally at blame. I thought I would be able to slide in between, but someone turned in and I was already under full brake and I couldn’t go anywhere.”
“I clipped their bumper and I went over the handlebars,” he continued, “and I landed pretty hard.”
“They really let me have it and I was too injured to object”
Shepard said the incident was a “little demoralizing” as it was his first time at the racecourse. The Parenthood actor, who has two children with wife Kristen Bell, Daughters- Lincoln, seven, and Delta, five, said he was ‘thoroughly yelled at’ by workers at the track for his reckless conduct. “They really let me have it and I was too injured to object, so I just took it on the chin,” he said.
Despite the mishap, the actor wanted to continue with his ride. Shepard said he iced his shoulder and hand for an hour and a half before returning for “two sessions” on the track. However, it got “too painful by the end of it,” according to Shepard, and he went into the emergency room the next day.
“I might be willing to quit for the remainder of 2020”
“I’ve been at the hospital for seven hours today,” he shared. “The final tally was four broken ribs, the clavicle is broken in three places, and I need surgery. And then I broke my hand that I’d broke a couple months ago.”
Shepard said he also re-injured one of the four fingers he broke a couple of months ago, joking that it was the “good news” of his accident.
Though the Top Gear America host admitted he’s been feeling a bit guilty for “actively doing something dangerous,” Shepard added that he doesn’t see himself permanently quitting motorcycles. “I might be willing to quit for the remainder of 2020,” he quipped.
Well Wishes pouring in for the actor
On Wednesday, Shepard took to Instagram to assure fans he was OK. Showing off painful bruises and grazes on his chest and shoulder.
The Top Gear America host said, “Thank you Armcherries for all the well wishes and concern. I’m in one piece and spirits are high 🙂 Sorry for causing concern. ♥️🍒♥️🍒♥️”
When comedienne, Whitney Cummings commented about his wife’s expression in the background, Bell replied. “just politely shaking my head at his nonsense…”
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia star, Kaitlin Olson commented, ‘Remember 20 years ago when you showed up at my apartment looking exactly like this?? Nonsense is correct, @kristenanniebell.’ Her husband Rob McElhenney writing, ‘I’m so proud of you for this photo and whatever dumbass thing you did to earn that road rash.’
This isn’t Shepard’s first accident
This was not the first motorized vehicle accident for Shepard. In May, Bell revealed during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that her husband had broken his hand while off-roading with a friend.
“He went on an essential off-roading trip right when the quarantine began and it was by himself but he was off-roading in the mountains and he had a buddy with him but they were in separate off-road vehicles and he got to an edge of a cliff.”
He was sitting on the edge of a cliff and he put his hand up just to look out and the weight of his arm tipped the car over,” she said. “You don’t get injured when you’re inside them, but I will tell you something, it did crush all the bones in his hand. Shattered.”
“You’re not in trouble, but it’s not the smartest move you could have made”
She added, “He’s very embarrassed by this injury because the cardinal rule is you don’t put your hands on the roll cage or outside the car at any time. That’s the only chance of injury.” The ‘Frozen’ star explained that Dax was worried about telling her about the accident because he didn’t want to get in “trouble”.
She added, “He didn’t call me. He drove home, and the first thing he said when he walked in the door is, ‘I just don’t want to be in trouble.’ Which is crazy because he’s never in trouble with me. I mean, I’ll let you know if I’m disappointed in your actions but I’m an adult, and he’s an adult. I said, ‘You’re not in trouble, but it’s not the smartest move you could have made.'”