GBB Managing Director Brian Henderson has been awarded a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in the field of forensic science.
Brian’s thesis, entitled A Retrospective Study in understanding ‘Low Speed Change’ Vehicle Collisions, Occupant Movement and Likelihood of Injury is a synthesis of many years of investigation and original research all of which has been self-funded. The award of an MSc to Brian from a University that has a world-wide reputation in the field of Forensic Science asserts GBB’s credibility as a company that is at the forefront of collision investigation and research.
Low speed collisions and in particular whiplash associated disorder continue to be a major talking point in the UK with the Government and the insurance industry actively looking to tackle the issue.
The most recent ABI statistics in relation to whiplash claims (published in 2008) state:-
- 430,000+ people claimed for whiplash in 2007, up by 1/4 in the last five years. Cost nearly £2 billion a year in compensation.
- Whiplash injuries now cost the NHS approximately £8 million a year in consultation fees.
- UK is the whiplash capital of Europe: 75% of motor personal injury claims for whiplash, compared to an average of 40% throughout the rest of Europe.
- Many drivers and passengers are at risk: 75% of drivers are unaware how head restraints should be correctly positioned.
At GBB, we believe that first-hand research is essential for knowledge and understanding of all aspects of road traffic accident investigation and further investment in research and joint projects with academic institutions are planned in the near future.