Wednesday 15 August 2018 marks APIL’s Injury Prevention Day 2018.
The aim of the campaign is to challenge people to think about what they can do to prevent harm, with last years focus being on preventing low-speed traffic accidents. This year’s theme is protecting drivers and passengers against whiplash injuries by ensuring that head rests are adjusted correctly. The day is promoted by the association of personal injury lawyers and as members of the association we here at QualitySolicitors Dunn & Baker give it our full support.
Injury can occur if the head is turned at the time of impact or if the person is surprised and unprepared for the collision. Symptoms can take between 6-10 hours to present and fortunately a majority of whiplash claims can be dealt with when medical opinion is sought.
Whiplash injuries are the most common injury in car crashes in the UK and reported in 80% of claims, costing around £2.5 billion per year and adding £93 to the average motor premium.
The UK has 50% more traffic on the roads than the European average and this obviously leads to a significant number of whiplash injuries. A properly positioned head restraint could however protect against the risk of injury.
Motoring safety experts Thatcham Research has published the following advice on how to properly have your head rest adjusted:
ONE: To offer sufficient protection, a head
restraint should be as high as the top of the
head and as close to the back of the head as
comfortably possible – touching is best.
TWO: Although most head restraints are
adjustable, research indicates about two
thirds of drivers fail to adjust their seat’s head
restraint even though the majority are easy to
THREE: The best seats are designed to support
the occupant’s head very early in an impact
and can mitigate the severity of any injury.
FOUR: Some modern seats now often have a
fixed one piece head restraint that doesn’t
require adjustment and covers a range of
The following shows the correct positioning for the headrest:
It should be remembered that ensuring the head restraint is in the correct position is important for the passengers as well as the driver of the vehicle.
Many cars now have a ‘non-use position’ for the seats in the back of the car so they can be folded down when no one is in the back of the vehicle.
When there are passengers in the back of the vehicle however you should ensure the head rests are in the ‘in-use position’ in order to protect the neck in the event of an accident.
In the following picture you can see a headrest not in use on the left and a head rest in use on the right:
For further information on APIL and injury prevention day 2018 please follow the link – https://www.apil.org.uk/injury-prevention-day.aspx
If you have been injured in an accident please contact our personal injury team on 01392 285000 for specialist advice on claiming compensation.