Wednesday 21st August marks the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer’s (APIL) Injury Prevention Day, where members of the public as well as APIL members and their firms are encouraged to think about what they can do to prevent harm and unnecessary injury to themselves and others and promote good safety advice.
APIL and its members are dedicated to campaigning for personal injury law reform so that when people are injured through no fault of their own they have access to justice, care and fair compensation. The idea behind its annual Injury Prevention Day is to make people consider how to prevent others from being needlessly injured in the first place.
This year the day will be focused around the topic of “driving lessons” to inspire people to share pearls of driving wisdom and safe driving tips or mottos that they have picked up from family, friends or driving instructors, to prevent unnecessary crashes and the subsequent injuries. Examples include mottos such as “never accelerate into the unknown” and “only a fool breaks the two second rule”.
The Department for Transport has recently published a road safety action plan containing 74 actions including increased penalties and fines for failing to wear a seatbelt in an attempt to reduce the number of people killed or injured on UK roads. 27% of car deaths in 2017 were as a result of people not wearing a seatbelt.
Anyone can take part in Injury Prevention Day by sharing their messages at @APIL on Twitter using the hashtags #IPDay 2019 and #DrivingLessons and on APIL’s Back Off Facebook page: www.facebook.com/APILBackOff
Last year the day centred on the #headresttest and ensuring your headrest is in the right place when driving to prevent neck and back injuries if you’re involved in an accident.