Wednesday 15 August 2018, marks the UK’s Injury Prevention Day, which aims to raise awareness of how injury can be avoided.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), which consists of a collaboration of lawyers and those involved in the personal injury arena, highlight ways of avoiding some of the main causes of injury in the UK.

APIL’s campaign this year focuses on the positioning and use of head rests in cars, to help minimise neck and spinal injuries. APIL point out that the UK has 50% more traffic on the roads than the rest of Europe. The UK’s roads are certainly getting busier. Congestion and bad driving habits are just two factors identified that make collisions more likely.

Of the collisions that occur, almost half involve whiplash, a form of injury to the neck. This kind of injury, whilst to many may appear minor, can cause significant pain, discomfort and lead to time off work, affecting income and finances. In some more serious cases, the effects of whiplash can last for years.

APIL’s campaign in conjunction with research at Thatcham Research, suggest not only checking the position of your head rest when using your car, but also checking the head rest of all those in the car, including rear seat passengers.

As a law firm, Farleys are committed to supporting and assisting those who are injured. However, it’s fair to say that we would rather not see people injured. Injury Prevention Day may not be the most significant event in peoples’ calendars, but it’s important that we all do as much as we can to highlight ways of avoiding dangers. This year’s campaign by APIL is so simple and yet it can make a significant difference to those people who are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic collision.

View more information on car head rest positioning or read more on APIL’s campaign.

If you are unfortunate to be injured and require help, advice or support, contact one of our specialists on 0845 287 0939 or submit your enquiry online.