Thursday, November 4, 2010

Medical professionals are the most accident prone in the UK

A recent press release by the online price comparison site,, totally changed my perception of the motorist profiles I have had all my life. Apparently those in the medical profession appeared most frequently in the top ten (50%) car insurance claims in the past 12 months (18th October 2009 and 18th October 2010).

This is surprising because they are supposed to be most aware of all professions when it comes to accidents and injuries.

The results of the research showed that GPs are the most hazardous drivers in the UK with 33% of claims made by them. They were followed by psychologists (30%), district nurses (30%), hospital doctors (29%) and dentists (27%)making a claim.

In what seems to be bizarre findings, 20-20 vision doesn't help as well with opticians making up 27% of those claiming for an incident in the last 12 months. They were closely followed by law abiding policeman who made up 26% of the claimants.

It was not surprising that high earners such as solicitors and accountants are also the most likely to make a claim, contributing to 65% of the top 20.

The safest drivers were actually the low income earners with car valeters being the least likely to make a claim with only 8% putting in the paperwork in the last 12 months.

Here is the full list of the Top 20 occupations that have claimed in an accident:

1. Doctor GP

2. Psychologist

3. District Nurse

4. Hospital Doctor

5. Solicitor

6. Chartered Accountant

7. Head Teacher

8. Dentist

9. Personnel Officer

10. Chartered Surveyor

11. Quantity Surveyor

12. Optician

13. Systems Manager

14. Police Officer

15. Financial Advisor

16. Computer Services Manager

17. Accountant Chartered

18. Pharmacist

19. Probation Officer

20. Local Government Officer

Top 20 occupations least likely to be involved in an accident

1. Car Valeter

2. Labourer

3. Van / Lorry / Fork Lift Truck Driver

4. Farm Worker

5. Scaffolder / Roofer

6. Construction Worker

7. Decorator / Painter / Plasterer

8. Road Worker

9. Coach Driver

10. Security Guard

11. Builder

12. Groundsmen

13. Mechanic

14. Carpet Fitter

15. Warehouse Employee

16. Bar Staff

17. Cleaner

18. Bakery Worker

19. Double Glazing Fitter

20. Factory Worker


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