I see where he had a car accident, but "after some uncomfortable years due to the car accident " is reading a lot into things that wasn't there. As far as I know, he got banged up, healed, and didn't have any lasting effects or "uncomfortable years". Up to the last few years, I'm pretty sure he was doing things that were physically rough on a 30 year old.
He didn't do technology (if you know what I mean, you know. If you don't, I'm not yet over the trauma of trying to explain how to "highlight" text, or what "File Manager" in ancient Windows was) over the phone), but restored quite a few old cars. I got a ride in the model ? (I don't want to type the wrong letter in), with his mother's beautiful and very heavy lap blanket. I enjoyed sleeping in his motor home when I stayed overnight at SINSULL's after a house concert.
He always wanted me to play Ashoken Farewell when I was there with my fiddle. I met him when Sandy Paton suggested I might be a good traveling companion when we went to NOMAD one year. He drove me crazy, but that's not a hard thing. We stopped into a diner (was it the "Collins" diner?) on the way down, and a woman came up to the table where Sandy, Caroline, Kendall, and - was Kathy Westra there? - and I were sitting, and totally fan-girled at him. "Are you Kendall Morse? I LOVED your TV show!"
And I gave him a cheap banjo I had. He eventually got a nice one, but I wouldn't let him give mine back, so I won.
And then, there was the Getaway, and the interaction between him and Max.