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Prevention better than cure when it comes to injury claims, Sweeney Miller

SWEENEY Miller has supported efforts throughout August to put the spotlight on the importance of injury prevention.

Solicitors are regularly brought in to resolve disputes where injuries have been caused by negligence or lack of safety precautions, either in the workplace or the public environment.

But much litigation could be avoided if there was greater emphasis on avoiding accidents in the first place.

And the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been leading efforts by organising a series of events around Injury Prevention Day in August.

Lindsey Christie, head of litigation at Sweeney Miller, said: “Prevention is better than cure and the more people are made aware of simple and sensible precautions that can be taken, the better.

“That is particularly important on the roads where drivers should avoid things like tailgating for example.”

Brett Dixon, APIL president, said: “We want to see fewer people injured needlessly.

“We are dealing with a continued onslaught in relation to soft-tissue injury claims but the Government is making no effort to reduce the needless injuries which cause suffering and claims for compensation in the first place.

“There is also no evidence that the UK has “the weakest necks in Europe”, but we do know that we have a lot of traffic on our roads compared to other European countries.

“Tailgating, particularly in traffic, causes low-speed collisions, injuries and claims.

“This is why we have our anti-tailgating campaign ‘Back Off’ to encourage better driving habits.

“If fewer claims is what the Government and insurance industry want then this approach makes sense.

“Preventing needless harm is something everyone can agree on and our Back Off campaign is supported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Road Safety GB, and Road Safety Wales.”

You can view APIL’s Back Off – Tailgating video here.

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