Whiplash injuries and claims can be avoided if drivers and passengers do a simple test this Injury Prevention Day (15 August 2018).
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) with support from motoring safety experts Thatcham Research, is urging car users to protect themselves by making sure their headrests are in the correct position.
"Half of all car crashes in England result in a whiplash injury and some of these could be avoided, along with the resulting compensation claims," said Brett Dixon, president of APIL a not-for-profit organisation which campaigns to prevent needless injuries.
"Your headrest can't do its job if you haven't adjusted it to fit you," said Brett. "It's like leaving the batteries out of a smoke detector.
"The headrest test is very simple, make sure it is as close to the back of your head as possible, ideally touching. The top of the headrest should be as high as the top of your head. Place your hand on top of your head to check.
"It is easy to forget, but we hope drivers will make a point of doing the headrest test this Injury Prevention Day," said Brett.
Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, added: "It's also really important to remember that whiplash can occur in the back seat as well. So remember to adjust for each rear occupant as well. And to check this for every journey. No one passenger is the same and it needs to be tailored to fit them on every journey."
Steve Green, head of Fosters Personal Injury department concluded: "whilst we hope everyone travels safely, if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a whiplash injury you may be able to pursue a claim. If you have, please contact us on 0800 731 8539 or email us to set up a free no obligation chat with our Norwich solicitors."