I nearly lost my foot in crash – now I’m warning other bikers to wear the right gear

INJURED FOOT: Joe in bandages after losing a toe

INJURED FOOT: Joe in bandages after losing a toe

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A TEENAGER lucky not to lose his foot in a motorcycle crash has urged other bikers to heed his story and wear protective gear.

Joe Lamb, 17 and from Corfe Mullen, ended up with the skin peeled off from the top of his foot down to the tendons and his little toe hanging off after a collision with a car in Wallisdown Road, Poole, at the end of June.

At first it was feared he could lose the foot. And, despite the efforts of staff at Poole Hospital, he has lost his little toe.

Finally home from hospital after three surgeries and facing months of painful recovery, he told of his determination other bikers shouldn’t make his mistake.

Joe, a mechanics student at Bournemouth and Poole College, has been riding for two years, as do his dad and brother.

He has all the correct gear – but on that day he decided to leave the boots at home.

“Normally I do wear them, but it was a hot day and I thought I’d get away with it,” he said.

“But it’s definitely worth putting up with the sweat. If I’d had them on this wouldn’t have happened. I was wearing a jacket, gloves and a helmet – but the shoes definitely let me down.”

The teenager told the Echo when he was thrown over the handle bars his foot got jammed on the gear lever – which ‘pulled my shoe off and the top of my foot went with it.’ Having seen the damage that can be done first hand, and armed with a graphic photo from the scene to prove it, Joe is now on a crusade to convince other riders to protect themselves.

“I’ve convinced all my friends to wear boots and I’ve even stopped bikers at the side of the road,” he added.

“I’ll show them the pictures and say this is what can happen and it’s going to hurt. I’d rather tell people than let them lose a toe or worse. I’d rather stop people going through this pain.”

Despite the pain he is suffering now Joe should make a good recovery, though he may still need a skin graft if the top of his foot fails to heal properly.

He added: “As soon as I can I’ll jump straight back on the bike – but always wearing the protective stuff.”

Joe thanked the people who stayed with him at the scene.

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6:47am Wed 23 Jul 14

wool525 says...

not exactly a biker, just a kid trying to go to fast on a moped
not exactly a biker, just a kid trying to go to fast on a moped wool525
  • Score: -75

6:51am Wed 23 Jul 14

Hickery says...

Pleased to hear that you're recovering, friend. And good luck with your crusade. I would not ride without full protective clothing and I truly hope that your story will help to persuade others to do likewise. I'm so sorry too that you learned the hard way. It's unlucky that this happened on that day, as you'd usually have been wearing boots. Hopefully you'll be back biking soon!
Pleased to hear that you're recovering, friend. And good luck with your crusade. I would not ride without full protective clothing and I truly hope that your story will help to persuade others to do likewise. I'm so sorry too that you learned the hard way. It's unlucky that this happened on that day, as you'd usually have been wearing boots. Hopefully you'll be back biking soon! Hickery
  • Score: 38

7:29am Wed 23 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

So sad for this young lad to learn a hard lesson. I hope he can reach out to his peer group about sensible clothing. So many times in recent weeks I have seen young people wearing shorts and t-shirts on scooters and bikes. I even saw a young girl wearing a bikini and beach flip flops on a 250cc Yamaha last week doing at least 50-60mph on the Wessex Way! Just imagine the damage to her body if she were in an accident!

Yes, it's hot and yes it's probably sweaty to wear correct leathers etc, but if it saves life and limb it's got to be a good thing in the long term.

Good luck in your campaign Joe! I fear you are going to need it with some of the riders out there at the moment ....
So sad for this young lad to learn a hard lesson. I hope he can reach out to his peer group about sensible clothing. So many times in recent weeks I have seen young people wearing shorts and t-shirts on scooters and bikes. I even saw a young girl wearing a bikini and beach flip flops on a 250cc Yamaha last week doing at least 50-60mph on the Wessex Way! Just imagine the damage to her body if she were in an accident! Yes, it's hot and yes it's probably sweaty to wear correct leathers etc, but if it saves life and limb it's got to be a good thing in the long term. Good luck in your campaign Joe! I fear you are going to need it with some of the riders out there at the moment .... we-shall-see
  • Score: 43

7:42am Wed 23 Jul 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

You would of thought that your Older brother losing his leg in similar circumstances a few years back it would of put you off bikes for ever Joe!

However take care little Joe fondly remembered and keep sake x
You would of thought that your Older brother losing his leg in similar circumstances a few years back it would of put you off bikes for ever Joe! However take care little Joe fondly remembered and keep sake x RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 15

7:49am Wed 23 Jul 14

alasdair1967 says...

Well done joe for coming on here and highlighting the dangers and I wish you well in your recovery

,at the time of the accident I posted a link highlighting the kind of foot injury people could sustain by not wearing the correct foot wear on a motorcycle ,I received negative votes for that ,

again I ask people to google search motorcycle foot injuries it is not for the faint hearted as some are extremely graphic but highlight the need for wearing correct foot wear
Well done joe for coming on here and highlighting the dangers and I wish you well in your recovery ,at the time of the accident I posted a link highlighting the kind of foot injury people could sustain by not wearing the correct foot wear on a motorcycle ,I received negative votes for that , again I ask people to google search motorcycle foot injuries it is not for the faint hearted as some are extremely graphic but highlight the need for wearing correct foot wear alasdair1967
  • Score: 29

8:24am Wed 23 Jul 14

504gld says...

I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?
I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame? 504gld
  • Score: 3

8:27am Wed 23 Jul 14

alasdair1967 says...

we-shall-see wrote:
So sad for this young lad to learn a hard lesson. I hope he can reach out to his peer group about sensible clothing. So many times in recent weeks I have seen young people wearing shorts and t-shirts on scooters and bikes. I even saw a young girl wearing a bikini and beach flip flops on a 250cc Yamaha last week doing at least 50-60mph on the Wessex Way! Just imagine the damage to her body if she were in an accident!

Yes, it's hot and yes it's probably sweaty to wear correct leathers etc, but if it saves life and limb it's got to be a good thing in the long term.

Good luck in your campaign Joe! I fear you are going to need it with some of the riders out there at the moment ....
It is amazing what the hot weather does to people's minds,exactly the same on holiday when people leave there common sense at passport control,I have witnessed family's in convoy on quad bikes with toddlers perched in front of the rider no helmets on in just there beachwear ,would you do this here in the uk the answer is no so why do it on holiday !!!
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: So sad for this young lad to learn a hard lesson. I hope he can reach out to his peer group about sensible clothing. So many times in recent weeks I have seen young people wearing shorts and t-shirts on scooters and bikes. I even saw a young girl wearing a bikini and beach flip flops on a 250cc Yamaha last week doing at least 50-60mph on the Wessex Way! Just imagine the damage to her body if she were in an accident! Yes, it's hot and yes it's probably sweaty to wear correct leathers etc, but if it saves life and limb it's got to be a good thing in the long term. Good luck in your campaign Joe! I fear you are going to need it with some of the riders out there at the moment ....[/p][/quote]It is amazing what the hot weather does to people's minds,exactly the same on holiday when people leave there common sense at passport control,I have witnessed family's in convoy on quad bikes with toddlers perched in front of the rider no helmets on in just there beachwear ,would you do this here in the uk the answer is no so why do it on holiday !!! alasdair1967
  • Score: 9

9:44am Wed 23 Jul 14

suzigirl says...

There was a young girl at bike night last night with her father (I assume) on a R1and she was wearing flip flops/sandals. It is not a nice way to get a pedicure! I cringe every time I see motorcyclists with T shirts and shorts on and like Joe they will learn the hard way. Wearing protective clothing should be complusory like helmets.
There was a young girl at bike night last night with her father (I assume) on a R1and she was wearing flip flops/sandals. It is not a nice way to get a pedicure! I cringe every time I see motorcyclists with T shirts and shorts on and like Joe they will learn the hard way. Wearing protective clothing should be complusory like helmets. suzigirl
  • Score: 18

10:06am Wed 23 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

How can a 17 year old have been riding for two years when the minimum age is 16? The article doesn't say that he started riding off-road or on a track.....
How can a 17 year old have been riding for two years when the minimum age is 16? The article doesn't say that he started riding off-road or on a track..... speedy231278
  • Score: -3

10:09am Wed 23 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

504gld wrote:
I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?
I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....
[quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?[/p][/quote]I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that.... speedy231278
  • Score: 5

11:58am Wed 23 Jul 14

suzigirl says...

speedy231278 wrote:
504gld wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?
I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....
I was always told regarding motorbike gear - buy what you can afford!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?[/p][/quote]I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....[/p][/quote]I was always told regarding motorbike gear - buy what you can afford! suzigirl
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

rgjamieson says...

Very sorry to hear of this misfortune. Well done for sharing your story Joe and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Very sorry to hear of this misfortune. Well done for sharing your story Joe and best wishes for a speedy recovery. rgjamieson
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Wed 23 Jul 14

crazybird says...

I see people everyday without the correct gear on - shouldn't be allowed to ride a motorbike without all the protective clothing including boots and gloves. There is a law for car drivers to be wearing seatbelts to save their lives so there should be a law for bike riders to be wearing protective clothing. But, then there are some people who have all the gear and no idea which is even more dangerous.
I see people everyday without the correct gear on - shouldn't be allowed to ride a motorbike without all the protective clothing including boots and gloves. There is a law for car drivers to be wearing seatbelts to save their lives so there should be a law for bike riders to be wearing protective clothing. But, then there are some people who have all the gear and no idea which is even more dangerous. crazybird
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cazzia says...

wool525 wrote:
not exactly a biker, just a kid trying to go to fast on a moped
I think your missing the point............... this guy sounds one of the more sensible ones and was unfortunate enough to not be wearing his protective clothing for just one ride and came off,some of them never wear protective clothing ,flip flops Ive seen some of them wear,at least he has the right gear,just didn't wear it that one time. hes hardly gonna have a Kawasaki 750 is he, hes only young, give him a break!!!!
[quote][p][bold]wool525[/bold] wrote: not exactly a biker, just a kid trying to go to fast on a moped[/p][/quote]I think your missing the point............... this guy sounds one of the more sensible ones and was unfortunate enough to not be wearing his protective clothing for just one ride and came off,some of them never wear protective clothing ,flip flops Ive seen some of them wear,at least he has the right gear,just didn't wear it that one time. hes hardly gonna have a Kawasaki 750 is he, hes only young, give him a break!!!! cazzia
  • Score: 5

6:53pm Wed 23 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

Get your self a three wheeled pavement tricycle Joe and grow up.
before you kill some one. you know it is.
keep death off the road
Get your self a three wheeled pavement tricycle Joe and grow up. before you kill some one. you know it is. keep death off the road nickynoodah
  • Score: -21

7:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

suzigirl wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
504gld wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?
I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....
I was always told regarding motorbike gear - buy what you can afford!
If you've skinted yourself buying the bike, that's not very good advice.... :s

My first crash helmet way back in 1997 cost £40. The thought of wearing something that cheap and nasty these days scares the living daylights out of me. You don't need to spend stupid money, but cheap stuff isn't worth a ****. Yes, you can go mad - my current lid cost almost 20 times what the first one did, but for a half or even a third of that you can get stuff that's pretty decent. I'd rather ride a cheap bike in decent gear than have something flashy and wear the biking equivalent of Primark....
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?[/p][/quote]I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....[/p][/quote]I was always told regarding motorbike gear - buy what you can afford![/p][/quote]If you've skinted yourself buying the bike, that's not very good advice.... :s My first crash helmet way back in 1997 cost £40. The thought of wearing something that cheap and nasty these days scares the living daylights out of me. You don't need to spend stupid money, but cheap stuff isn't worth a ****. Yes, you can go mad - my current lid cost almost 20 times what the first one did, but for a half or even a third of that you can get stuff that's pretty decent. I'd rather ride a cheap bike in decent gear than have something flashy and wear the biking equivalent of Primark.... speedy231278
  • Score: 2

7:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

He's 17 and been riding for 2 years!
How do you work that one out?

Not exactly traffic savvy after 12 months legally on the road is he?
He's 17 and been riding for 2 years! How do you work that one out? Not exactly traffic savvy after 12 months legally on the road is he? BIGTONE
  • Score: -3

7:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cazzia says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Get your self a three wheeled pavement tricycle Joe and grow up.
before you kill some one. you know it is.
keep death off the road
what??? Bit of a random comment.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Get your self a three wheeled pavement tricycle Joe and grow up. before you kill some one. you know it is. keep death off the road[/p][/quote]what??? Bit of a random comment. cazzia
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

karenm83 says...

Well done Joe for taking a bad thing and trying to make a positive from it by raising awareness among other bikers. I wish you a speedy (forgive the pun) recovery!
Well done Joe for taking a bad thing and trying to make a positive from it by raising awareness among other bikers. I wish you a speedy (forgive the pun) recovery! karenm83
  • Score: 2

8:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ayles 10 says...

I commented when this story first came out. I have a good few biking friends (old codgers compared to Joe), who wouldn't dream of going out without the proper corrective gear, any more than I'd drive a car without a seat-belt on. Yes, it costs a flipping fortune, but more than a life's worth? I doubt it. Glad you're on the road to recovery Joe.
I commented when this story first came out. I have a good few biking friends (old codgers compared to Joe), who wouldn't dream of going out without the proper corrective gear, any more than I'd drive a car without a seat-belt on. Yes, it costs a flipping fortune, but more than a life's worth? I doubt it. Glad you're on the road to recovery Joe. Ayles 10
  • Score: 2

10:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dlt_debz says...

I'm not a biker but my ex (who is now my best friend) is and we both cringe whenever we see anyone who is on a bike not wearing protective clothing, so many people seem to think that jeans and t-shirt is suitable when in reality the road surface would just tear them to shreds if they were to come off at high speed
I'm not a biker but my ex (who is now my best friend) is and we both cringe whenever we see anyone who is on a bike not wearing protective clothing, so many people seem to think that jeans and t-shirt is suitable when in reality the road surface would just tear them to shreds if they were to come off at high speed Dlt_debz
  • Score: 0

9:59am Thu 24 Jul 14

suzigirl says...

speedy231278 wrote:
suzigirl wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
504gld wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?
I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....
I was always told regarding motorbike gear - buy what you can afford!
If you've skinted yourself buying the bike, that's not very good advice.... :s My first crash helmet way back in 1997 cost £40. The thought of wearing something that cheap and nasty these days scares the living daylights out of me. You don't need to spend stupid money, but cheap stuff isn't worth a ****. Yes, you can go mad - my current lid cost almost 20 times what the first one did, but for a half or even a third of that you can get stuff that's pretty decent. I'd rather ride a cheap bike in decent gear than have something flashy and wear the biking equivalent of Primark....
I do not mean that - all I was saying that spend the most you can on a helmet/gloves/jacket
. There was an idiot on a 750 Suzuki GSXR last night going up Sea View Road wearing shorts............. he had a nice pair of legs but they would not look very good if he came off...............bi
g ouch!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: I can't imaging the requirements in C.B.T. have changed, when I did mine 15 years ago they scare the life out of you about what could happen and the importance of wearing the right clothing. A new pair of Nike trainers is more expensive than a pair of motorcycle boots..... so really as harsh as it sounds if you choose to ignore your C.B.T. this is what will happen. I don't get the, it was a hot day, wearing everything else though? It would be helpful if The Echo reported the circumstances of the accident, two vehicles so who was to blame?[/p][/quote]I didn't realise Nike trainers were so expensive, or do you buy really cheap boots? A half decent pair of armoured bike boots will set you back the thick end of £200, and you can spend anything up to twice that....[/p][/quote]I was always told regarding motorbike gear - buy what you can afford![/p][/quote]If you've skinted yourself buying the bike, that's not very good advice.... :s My first crash helmet way back in 1997 cost £40. The thought of wearing something that cheap and nasty these days scares the living daylights out of me. You don't need to spend stupid money, but cheap stuff isn't worth a ****. Yes, you can go mad - my current lid cost almost 20 times what the first one did, but for a half or even a third of that you can get stuff that's pretty decent. I'd rather ride a cheap bike in decent gear than have something flashy and wear the biking equivalent of Primark....[/p][/quote]I do not mean that - all I was saying that spend the most you can on a helmet/gloves/jacket . There was an idiot on a 750 Suzuki GSXR last night going up Sea View Road wearing shorts............. he had a nice pair of legs but they would not look very good if he came off...............bi g ouch! suzigirl
  • Score: 0

3:31pm Thu 24 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Get your self a three wheeled pavement tricycle Joe and grow up.
before you kill some one. you know it is.
keep death off the road
For crying out loud do summat joe get a false beard or moustache
any thing will do even a flat cap you only look about 7 years old you know.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Get your self a three wheeled pavement tricycle Joe and grow up. before you kill some one. you know it is. keep death off the road[/p][/quote]For crying out loud do summat joe get a false beard or moustache any thing will do even a flat cap you only look about 7 years old you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

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