Injury Prevention Day - Every day too many people are needlessly injured because others did not take, or could not be bothered to take, proper care. Sometimes people’s lives can be shattered through no fault of their own.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit organisation which has been fighting for the rights of injured people for more than 25 years. Its 4,000 members are committed to campaigning for reform to improve the law for injured people so that, when the worst happens, people can exercise their right to seek justice, care and fair compensation.
But APIL members think it would be better if people were not injured needlessly in the first place. If employers took more care to ensure workplaces are as safe as they can be, if the medical profession took more care to prevent negligence, and if we all took more care in our daily interactions with each other, preventable injuries could be avoided.
Of course, accidents will always happen. But if they can be foreseen, they can be prevented, avoiding needless pain and suffering, and the additional trauma of having to claim compensation to help get a life back on track.
The third Wednesday in August (which this year will be 19 August) is Injury Prevention Day, when APIL wants people to think about what they can do to help prevent needless injury. This year APIL will highlight the dangers of driving too closely to the car in front (‘tailgating’) and will look at whether measures introduced by the Government two years ago to stop dangerous driving have been successful.
Tailgating is extremely dangerous. It also causes feelings of stress, intimidation and anger – a toxic mix when behind the wheel. Help make tailgating as unacceptable as driving without a seatbelt. Get involved by viewing and sharing this entertaining short video 'A Lesson in Social Graces' on the Injury Prevention Day website and looking at APIL's ‘Back Off’ page on Facebook.
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