A man, who dangerously rode his motorcycle out from a side road and caused an accident, has been told to pay his injured motorcycle passenger compensation of £2,000.
Mark Holmes from Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire was finishing his shift as a barman in the town´s Commercial pub when, on 8th March, he offered his friend Joshua Pierce a ride home on the back of his motorcycle.
Holmes gave Joshua a high visibility jacket and his helmet to wear. However, as the driver and his passenger started their journey, Holmes pulled out from a side road into the main Manchester Road at speed – crashing into a car.
Holmes suffered a head injury in the accident that could have been prevented had he not given his helmet to Joshua. Joshua sustained serious injuries to his leg and pelvis in the accident and underwent an eleven-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary to reconstruct his leg.
An investigation into the accident revealed that Holmes only had a provisional driving licence and was not qualified to carry passengers on the pillion of his 125cc motorbike. He was charged with causing injury by dangerous driving and his case was heard earlier this week at Leeds Crown Court.
At the hearing, Judge Sally Cahill heard Holmes admit the charges of causing injury by dangerous driving and for failing to ride his motorbike in accordance with his provisional licence. Holmes acknowledged that the decision to offer Joshua a lift on the pillion of his motorcycle was both foolish and stupid.
The judge was told by Holmes´ barrister that he had not been drinking on the night of the accident and had previously led a responsible life. Judge Cahill gave Holmes a two-year suspended sentence, disqualified him from driving for a year and ordered him to do 200 hours community service. She also told Holmes that he would have to pay injured motorcycle passenger compensation of £2,000 to Joshua.