Motorcycle Accident

Safe Driving Tips: Injury Prevention Day (August 16 2017)8th Aug 2017

by on 8th Aug 2017


Motorcycle Accident

Injury solicitors at Coles Miller are backing a national campaign to reduce the number of road accidents caused by ‘tailgating’.

They are supporting Injury Prevention Day later this month (August 16 2017).

Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, head of the firm’s Personal Injury Department, said: “Mention tailgating and people tend to think of drivers speeding in the fast lane on the motorway.

“But even low-speed accidents in built-up areas can cause significant soft tissue injuries. The effects can last for months.

“As No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors, we see cases of this all the time. So please leave plenty of space between you and the car in front – at least a two-second gap,” he added.

Coles Miller’s road accident solicitors advise:

  • The speed limit in built-up areas is 30mph for a reason – a pedestrian hit at 40mph is four times more likely to die than one hit at 30mph
  • Put your mobile phone out of reach when you drive – so you won’t be tempted to answer it. (The penalty is six points and a £200 fine)
  • Take extra care around motorcycles (and cycles, pedestrians and horses) – motorcyclists account for one per cent of road journeys but 19 per cent of road user deaths.

Injury Prevention Day is organised by the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL). It is held on the third Wednesday of August each year.

An APIL spokesperson said: “This year our focus is on safer driving practices to reduce the number of low-speed collisions on UK roads.

“We have 50 per cent more traffic on our roads than the European average. This – coupled with dangerous habits like getting too close to the car in front – creates a recipe for collisions and injuries.”

For more information, please contact Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, 01202 355695.

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