and occupations produce the most accident-prone speeders and aggressive
Corp. recently shed some light on the subject based on a study of
more than 1 million drivers across the country. San Francisco-based
QPC was founded in 1985 to provide data for the auto insurance industry.
The study found
students top the charts as the most likely to get into an accident,
and they also score the highest when it comes to speeding violations.
Students consistently score much higher across both categories than
all other occupations.
The study also
found medical doctors, attorneys, architects and real estate agents
round out the top five occupations most likely to be involved in
At the bottom
end of the accident-prone table are homemakers, politicians, pilots,
firemen and farmers.
When it comes
to speeding tickets, the top five roster changes significantly.
Scores for doctors,
attorneys and real estate agents drop appreciably. In their place,
top-scoring students are joined by manual laborers, architects,
enlisted military personnel and politicians as those who break the
law most frequently.
officers and firefighters rank near the bottom on both accidents
and speeding tickets. Politicians, who rank fourth for speeding
violations, somehow manage to avoid collisions, ranking No. 38 for
the statistics, Dr. Daniel Finnegan, president and founder of QPC,
blow big holes in the conventional wisdom about which professions
are accident-prone or dangerous drivers. Interestingly, it appears
that it is educated professionals who are most likely to be involved
in accidents," he said.
for those unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, individuals
from two professions which are most helpful after such an incident
- doctors and lawyers - are the most likely to be on the scene."