Surely legal professionals are as safe a group of road users as you are likely to find? Well not according to a study from ‘across the pond’. In the
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Average accident rates per 1,000 people in each group were calculated in the study and the results were quite shocking. For every 1,000 doctors and lawyers, there were 109 and 106 road accidents each year respectively. The figures for speeding tickets for these groups were also above average, with 4.4% of doctors and 3.7% of lawyers being caught driving at excessive speeds each year on US roads. In comparison, firefighters and pilots were amongst the safest professions, with respective rates of 67 and 75 accidents per 1,000 people per year.
The company which released the research has suggested that the longer hours worked by lawyers and doctors means that when it comes to driving to or from home, it is likely to be dark, and they are likely to be more tired than professionals in other industries. Whilst there are obviously differences in both the cars driven and the rules of the road, it would be interesting to see if members of the UK legal profession dealing with compensation claims have a similarly poor record when it comes to safe driving.
Author: Neil Worrall