Passenger Injured on Friend’s Motorcycle Receives £2,000 Compensation

April 30th, 2015 | By licnewsadmin

A court has dealt a motorcyclist a two-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay £2,000 to his friend after injuring him by driving recklessly on his motorcycle with him as a passenger.

The motorcycle accident occurred on the 8th of March, 2015 when Mark Holmes was just finishing his evening shift as a barman at his local pub, Commercial. Mr Holmes, who lived in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, proceeded to offer his friend Joshua Pierce a lift home as a passenger on his motorcycle, despite only having one high-visibility vest and helmet to ear between them. Mr Pierce was offered both of these, leaving mr Holmes with no safety gear for himself. A short way into their journey, Mr Holmes speedily exited a side road that lead onto the main Manchester Road, where he subsequently collided with a car.

Mr Holmes suffered severe trauma to his head, which would have been greatly reduced or prevented had he too had a helmet. His passenger, Mr Pierce, was injured primarily to his lower body, notably his pelvis and leg. The emergency services brought Mr Pierce to Leeds General Infirmary, where an eleven-hour operation was performed on his leg in an attempt to reconstruct his leg after the collision with the car.

An investigation ensued after the accident to investigate the circumstances surrounding it. Inspectors uncovered that Mr Holmes had only a provisional driving licence, thus leaving him unqualified to carry passengers on the back of his motorcycle. Charges were consequently brought against Mr Holmes for dangerous driving causing injury, with the case being heard earlier this month at the Leeds Crown Court.

The hearing was overseen by Judge Sally Cahill, and Mr Holmes plead guilty to the charges brought against him; causing injury through driving dangerously and failure to conform with the conditions laid out by his provisional licence. He additionally admitted that his actions on that night were reckless, and it was irresponsible of him to offer his friend a lift home. The barrister representing Mr Holme’s assured the court that Mr Holmes was sober on the night of the incident, in addition to confirming his good character. Judge Cahill then served Mr Holmes with a two-year suspended sentence, two-hundred hours of community service and banned him from driving for a year. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation to his injured friend, Mr Pierce.



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