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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Road accident rate highest for young adults

    By David Brown on October 1, 2013

    The number of 20 to 24-year-olds injured in road accidents is nearly double the national average, figures show.

    As many as 6.7% in that age range say they had been injured in a collision in the period 2010 to 2012, compared with the adult average of 3.8%.

    The next worst casualty age bracket is 25 to 29-year-olds, of whom 5.8% suffered a road accident injury in 2010-12, while the figure for 30 to 39-year-olds was 5%, according to statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT).

    At the other end of the scale, just 1.8% of those aged 60 and over were injured in a road accident in the three-year period. The next lowest figure (3%) was for 50 to 59-year-olds.

    Accident injuries

    The survey of 17,000 people also showed that 4.1% of men and 3.6% of women had suffered a road accident injury in 2010-12.

    Overall, 1.6% of adults aged 16 and over had been injured in 2012, while 5.7% reported being involved in a road accident, whether injured or not, last year.

    The DfT also said that 11.8% of adults and 5.5% of children (under-16s) were involved in at least one road accident in the period 2010-12, with the 2012 figure for children standing at 2.8%.

    Whiplash accounted for 57% of the slight injuries over the 2010-12 period, followed by minor bruising or cuts. Fractures and broken bones were the main serious injuries, followed by severe shock.

    Rural dangers

    A total of 77% who were injured sought some form of medical attention, with 38% having treatment at accident and emergency departments.

    Accident Advice Helpline also helped a number of injured people make
    compensation claims.

    Other DfT figures showed that 60% of road deaths occurred on rural roads, despite them carrying only 42% of total traffic.

    In contrast, just 5% of deaths and injuries occurred on motorways despite them accounting for 20% of traffic.

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