Attorneys top list of most dangerous drivers

Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:49am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Attorneys and judges may be sticklers to the word of the law but it seems they are not quite so adherent to the rules of the road, topping a list of the top 10 most dangerous drivers by profession.

A study by online U.S. insurance company insurance.com found 44 percent of attorneys claimed a prior accident when looking for a car insurance comparison quote from insurance.com. The findings were based on accident claims as a percentage of quotes in which drivers need to give details of their driving record.

Second in the list came financial professionals followed by government workers while the study found the least dangerous drivers were athletes, with only 17 percent reporting prior accidents, and homemakers at 24 percent.

"Professions that demand multi-tasking - being on the phone, moving fast on a tight schedule - are prone to more distractions and, from there, more accidents," said Sam Belden, insurance.com VP, in a statement.

"Though the job of a homemaker demands multi-tasking, young children are often along for any car ride and when children are involved, people tend to take their time and use greater caution."

He added that homemakers and athletes also tended to be off the road during rush hour.

Following is a list of the Top 10 most dangerous drivers by profession:

1. Attorney/Judge

2. Financial professionals   Continued...