Lawyers make bad drivers

February 22, 2010
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Hey lawyers and judges, you are really bad drivers. At least, that’s what one auto insurance company says.



You are such bad drivers that you rank No. 1 on insurance.com’s “Top 10 Most Dangerous Drivers by Professions” list. The company based its rankings on its own data that showed certain professions are more likely to have had an accident. In its report, 44 percent of attorneys who received a car insurance comparison quote from the company had previously made an accident claim.



Insurance.com also throws in a couple of jokes Jeff Foxworthy-style about the ranking, like “If you’re both an expert at the law and an expert at getting stopped by the law, you might be a dangerous driver.”



Other dangerous drivers include financial professionals, government workers, marketing/advertising professionals, and bartenders or waiters.



Insurance.com’s vice president believes professions that demand multi-tasking are more likely to have distracted drivers. Those that ranked low on the list – athletes and homemakers – might be attributable to the fact they are often hauling kids so they may drive more cautiously or they aren’t on the road during rush hour.



Of course, insurance.com bases this report only on information supplied by people looking for auto insurance quotes and is using the ranking as a way to sell insurance. But does the list have any merit? Do you want to fess up and admit to being a distracted driver or see a pattern of accidents among your legal buddies?

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