Welwyn crash biker's stark warning
PUBLISHED: 13:50 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009
A MOTORCYCLIST who survived a head-on 60mph collision said it was 'a miracle' he is alive. Alan Cory was left with what he termed 'minor injuries' after being launched 50ft on to the road as he came off his Honda. The 45-year-old was taken to the QE2 Hosp
A MOTORCYCLIST who survived a head-on 60mph collision said it was "a miracle" he is alive.
Alan Cory was left with what he termed "minor injuries" after being launched 50ft on to the road as he came off his Honda.
The 45-year-old was taken to the QE2 Hospital with a fractured foot, femur, hand and a broken left thigh.
This week he made an appeal to other bikers and motorists to take extra care.
Speaking from his hospital bed, he told the WHT: "I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for my equipment [leathers, boots and helmet].
"Without the proper equipment fitted correctly there is no way I would have survived.
"I have to get the message out to everyone that they must get proper equipment, or they will not be as lucky as I was."
The architect, who works in Welwyn, has been riding for over eight years and is an advanced motorcyclist.
He said: "Police and ambulance crews thought I was going to die and it is somewhat of a miracle that I didn't.
"However, I saw it happening and braced myself about five yards before impact.
"What I did was stand up on the bike so that I wouldn't hit my head or groin area, then in mid-air I was extremely conscious not to allow myself to roll and spread myself out - just like the Moto GP pros.
"The whole time I was aware of everything."
He added: "The initial landing is what gave me the minor injuries I do have, but really it's nothing.
"Now I'm looking forward to getting a new bike and getting back on the road, which could be within four weeks time!"
Alan was discharged from hospital on Monday afternoon, 12 days after the incident which happened near the Red Lion pub on Digswell Hill, Welwyn.
He urged drivers and motorcyclists to take more precautions and be aware of each other, to ensure that accidents like his were reduced.