UBC professor of mechanical engineering Doug Romilly has recently stressed to motorists that whiplash injuries can often be prevented, or at least minimized by making some simple adjustments to our vehicle’s seating. As whiplash injuries to the neck and back represent the majority of accident injuries in BC, the medical and financial costs exceed an incredible $465 million per year. The Costs of Whiplash. The professor has some simple and effective techniques to assist drivers in optimizing their seating position to properly take advantage of the sophisticated safety features of their vehicles. Most important is making sure that the headrest is properly adjusted so that it is high enough to cover the entire back of the head, and that the back of the head is not too far away from the headrest. Professor Romilly’s adjustment recommendations can be found at Whiplash Prevention.