• Each year, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers organise Injury Prevention Day to raise awareness that all personal injury claims could be avoided
  • Motorists who drive too close to the car in front are the target of this year’s Injury Prevention Day
  • The “Back Off” anti-tailgating campaign features a new animated video

When driving, have you ever experienced someone ‘tailgating’ your vehicle? Driving too close, or ‘tailgating’, is a bad habit, which many drivers are guilty of. It can be intimidating for even the most confident drivers, dangerous and often leads to road traffic accidents.

If you have to brake suddenly and someone is driving too closely behind you, this can cause a rear end shunt. As a result, many people every year end up having to claim on their car insurance – not only to repair any damage to their vehicle – but also for personal injury, such as whiplash.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own. 

Every year, they organise an Injury Prevention Day to raise awareness of the fact that all personal injury claims should and could be avoided. This year’s focus is an anti-tailgating campaign called “Back Off”. 

“Educating motorists on safer driving practice is the best way to avoid needless injuries and cut the cost of claims,” said APIL president Brett Dixon.

“It is not surprising we have more than twice the number of road traffic collisions resulting in injuries. Low speeds, lots of traffic and lapses in proper care are a recipe for rear-end shunts and neck injuries.

“When in traffic drivers are advised to leave enough space so that they can see the tarmac between their car and the car in front.”

APIL have also produced a handy video to help remind drivers of the need to keep a safe distance between vehicles. 

Martin Milliner, Claims Director of LV= added: “On a regular basis we see claims coming through that could have easily been avoided if only drivers had adopted a safer approach. 

“With tailgating in particular, many of us have probably found ourselves in a situation where we might perhaps have been driving too close to the car in front or the car behind has been too close to your bonnet. 

“Encouraging drivers to stop doing this and getting them to “back off” is something we believe is very important and we welcome APIL’s campaign to tackle this.”