A dad of three has spoken of the ‘terrifying’ moment he was hurled from his motorbike in a collision with a car.
Jonathan Garratty, 23, was hospitalised and left with concussion and serious bruising after he was thrown several metres from his bike on the commute home from work.
Jonathan, originally from Clayton-le-Moors, was riding home from a late shift at Accrington Asda at around 9.45pm on Friday, July 24 when the collision happened.
He said: “I had to slam my breaks on and turned the bike to the side, I came flying off, it was a terrifying moment.
“I flew several metres down the road. It was just a good job that I had my protective gear on and that there was not a car travelling behind me.”
Police and paramedics were called to the scene and Jonathan was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital were he remained for six hours undergoing examinations.
He said: “Fortunately a few people stopped and helped me after the incident. I was pretty shaken up.
“I was in the hospital until 4am getting checked over, then I had to go back the next day as I kept on feeling faint from the concussion.”
Jonathan, who now lives in Blackburn with his partner and three children, said that he has had to remain off work since the incident and is in ‘daily pain’.
He said: “The bruising on my back particularly is really painful.
“I am having to take strong pain killers. My family are all pretty upset by what happened, it is has certainly knocked my confidence getting back on a bike."
The car involved in the collision was seized by Lancashire Police as the driver's licence had expired.
No charges were brought against the driver.
A police spokesman said: “We were called shortly before 10pm on July 24 to reports of a collision on Tanpits Road in Church.
“A man had been knocked off a bike. The vehicle was seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act as the driver’s licence had expired.”