Thousands of whiplash claims have been made in Leeds over the last year.
The YEP can reveal that over 8,050 claims were made by motorists who were injured in collisions on the city’s roads in a year.
But according to Government statistics the number of motorists in the city making whiplash claims is falling.
There were 9,325 whiplash claims made between 2010-2011 compared to 8,050 between 2012-2013.
The news comes after a campaign was launched by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to reduce whiplash injuries.
They are targeting motorists who drive too close to the car in front to warn drivers about the consequences of tailgating other road users.
The organisation’s chief executive Deborah Evans said that tailgating is dangerous.
She said: “Tailgating can result in crashes and injuries which could otherwise have been avoided.
“All it achieves is suffering for the driver in front and probably a higher insurance premium for the offender.
“We’re simply asking for motorists to back off.”
The national not-for-profit safety campaign group has produced a short animated video for social media about the consequences of tailgating, entitled A Lesson in Social Graces.
Ms Evans added: “Even putting aside the fact that tailgating is dangerous, it can be intimidating for the driver in front.
“It would be completely unacceptable for someone too closely behind you in a shop or to breathe down your neck in a queue, yet it’s almost tolerated on the road.
“Driving closely behind others should be as socially unacceptable as not wearing a seatbelt.”