Students, educated professionals most dangerous on road, study says

| 11/3/2003

Which professions and occupations produce the most accident-prone speeders and aggressive drivers?

Quality Planning 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 an accident.

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.

Law-enforcement 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 accidents.

Commenting on the statistics, Dr. Daniel Finnegan, president and founder of QPC, noted:

"The numbers 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.

"Fortunately 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."