Surgeons Are the Most Accident-Prone Drivers
Medical workers are involved in a lot of wrecks, study suggests
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:54 AM CDT
Deadly in the hands of a surgeon?   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

(Newser) – People who spend much of their working lives stitching up accident victims are among those most likely to cause car accidents, according to a startling new study from Britain. The analysis commissioned by financial services firm Moneysupermarket.com found that surgeons were the most likely to file an at-fault claim—at a rate of 361 per 1,000 over a five-year period—and nine of the rest of the top 10 professions likeliest to cause accidents were also medical workers, including psychologists and nurses, the Guardian reports. Probation officers, who spend a lot of time on the road, were also in the top 10 of the analysis, which was based on more than 2 million insurance claims.

"It seems those who have the responsibility of saving our lives and caring for our health are the most accident-prone drivers," a car insurance expert at the company says, explaining that "lack of time or tiredness" could be behind many of the accidents. There were some surprises at the bottom end of the scale as well: Most of the 10 professions least likely to cause car accidents were assorted kinds of office clerks, but, the Daily Mail notes, carnival employees, car wash attendants, and slaughterhouse workers also made the list. (Also more likely to get in car accidents: pregnant women.)

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JERZJOE
Sep 3, 2014 7:36 AM CDT
The ones that are going to be most Accident-Prone Drivers Soon! Are ones HIGH ON.... CANNABIS(AKA MARIJUWANNASOME)! Cause.... I worry that more Drivers/Operators of heavy equipment/,Vehicles or whatever HIGH ON POT will lead to a big increase in traffic ACCIDENT/DEATHS! SEE recent news... A bus driver in Australia crashes after video shows him smoking marijuana while behind the wheel.!! Six people were killed when a building in Philadelphia collapsed. ... Marijuana was found in the system of the crane operator!!!! Some studies have found that marijuana can double crash risk! Hope it gets REPEALED & SAVES LIVES! There ya go!
Ezekiel 25:17
Sep 2, 2014 9:47 PM CDT
I have no trouble believing this. Physicians have to worry about the phone, blackberry, and pager sometimes all three at the same time.
Lefty_Libby
Sep 2, 2014 1:46 PM CDT
Study is from UK. They should start driving on the same side of the road as the rest of the world.