ABI reports 25% rise in injuries over five years.

The UK is the “whiplash capital of Europe” with 1,200 people injured every day – a 25% rise over the past five years.

The ABI, which released the figure in its report Tackling Whiplash: Prevention, Care, Compensation, has joined road safety groups in calling on the government to take action.

It found that 75% of motor personal injury claims in the UK are for whiplash, compared to an average of 40% in the rest of Europe.

The ABI wants better education for learner drivers, government guidance on treating and diagnosing the condition and faster compensation for victims.

Stephen Haddrill, the ABI’s director-general, said it wanted to work with several agencies to sort out a campaign on the problem.