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.
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.
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
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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