The hunk, who is originally from Paisley, spoke out recently saying he nearly gave up acting after the accident in 2017 which left him with five fractured bones in his right foot, a microfracture in each foot, a pinched nerve and a bruised bone, and injuries to his ankle and both knees.
Butler 50, was riding his motorbike in Los Angeles when a female driver ploughed into him and sent him flying through the air.
Speaking to Australian news outlet News.com the actor said: “During this last three years I’ve had a bunch of stuff going on health-wise, that at one point made me reconsider my whole career.
“I had a surgery that went wrong, which then became seven surgeries. I had a motorcycle accident that almost killed me and I suddenly thought, ‘There has to be something more.’
“I thought, ‘Am I only going to leave my movies behind?’
He added: “My movies are not for everybody, but the people who like them get moved and inspired by them, will hopefully come out of watching them thinking, ‘I want to be like that guy,’ the way I did as a child growing up watching movies.
“But at the same time, there comes a point where you go, ‘Is that it? Is there something more that’s part of my journey?’
“The things I’ve been through, not as an actor but as a person, make me think about a different kind of impact I could leave behind.
“So it’s started me on a full-blown quest, which I’m in the middle of right now.”
According to court documents, Gerard has accused the driver of “negligently pulling her vehicle off the curb” before “cutting across lanes of traffic directly in front of him” in her 2016 Mercedes Benz.
In the documents, he has claimed the impact caused him to be ejected from his motorcycle and tumble over her vehicle and back on to the pavement.
After the accident, the Scots star of action movies such as 300, Olympus Has Fallen and The Vanishing, revealed that the crash made him realise how “precious” his life is.
In the same interview, The PS. I Love You star also opened up about going through a break-up during the coronavirus pandemic.
He and his partner of seven-years Morgan Brown decided to call time on their relationship.
He said: “I went through a break-up during corona so I lost a loved one in a different way, and that’s been very hard, much harder than I thought.
“Ultimately I think it’s the right road, but it’s been very tough, and in the middle of that I got sick.”
“If you look at it in a positive way, I know that a lot of the tragedies or challenging times that I’ve been through, whether in the bigger picture or more personally, have given me more of a warrior spirit and more experience in how to deal with those situations and look to the future, stay positive and take care of what I can in that moment.
“I’m an optimist, although generally in life, I do have a tendency to cling to worst-case scenarios but that’s more personal.
“That’s more about my negative self-beliefs. But in life, I’m more of an optimist in the bigger picture.”