AXA research highlights whiplash concerns

6th July 2012

Two thirds of motorists could be at increased risk of whiplash because of poor head restraint design, according to concerning new research from AXA insurance.

The study, which was conducted in conjunction with motor research firm Thatcham, looked at the current provision of support found in cars on the UK roads and discovered that only 34 per cent could be categorised as 'good' at reducing the risk of whiplash injuries.

Worse still, many drivers are increasing the risk by failing to protect themselves properly behind the wheel, with only 39 per cent adjusting their head restraint, while 26 per cent of respondents admitted they did not know how to change it.

AXA chief claims officer Robin Reams said: "Consumer awareness of prevention is another key step in bringing down the cost [of whiplash injury].

"It seems the majority of people are unaware of how they can help themselves and even if they are aware they do little about it."

An estimated 1,500 claims for whiplash are made every day, which equates to 570,000 per year.

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