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District nurses and midwives among UK's top ten most accident-prone drivers

Healthcare professions made up all the top ten most likely occupations to have had an at-fault car accident in the UK in the last three years
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District nurses and midwives are among the UK’s top ten most accident-prone professions when driving, according to a new study.

The two occupations are tied as the tenth most likely to have had an at-fault accident on the road.

Just over one in 10 (10.46%) of district nurses and midwives made at least one at-fault claim in the past three years, according to insurance comparison website Gocompare.com.

The top ten list does not make pretty reading for the health sector, with all the positions taken by caring professions:

Occupation (with proportion of drivers who have had an at-fault accident in the last three years in brackets)

1. General practitioner (12.98%)

2. Hospital consultant (12.65%)

3. Chiropodist (12%)

4. Surgeon (11.13%)

5. Psychologist (10.73%)

6. Hospital doctor (10.66%)

7= Dietician (10.6%)

Car on back of pick-up truck
Car on back of pick-up truck

District nurses and midwives are among the UK’s top ten most accident-prone professions when driving, according to a new study. 

The two occupations are tied as the tenth most likely to have had an at-fault accident on the road.

Just over one in 10 (10.46%) of district nurses and midwives made at least one at-fault claim in the past three years, according to insurance comparison website Gocompare.com.

The top ten list does not make pretty reading for the health sector, with all the positions taken by caring professions: 

Occupation (with proportion of drivers who have had an at-fault accident in the last three years in brackets)

1. General practitioner (12.98%)

2. Hospital consultant (12.65%)

3. Chiropodist (12%)

4. Surgeon (11.13%)

5. Psychologist (10.73%)

6. Hospital doctor (10.66%)

7= Dietician (10.6%)

7= Optometrist (10.6%)

9. Drug addiction counsellor (10.49%)

10= District nurse (10.46%)

10= Midwife (10.46%)

Cardiff University occupational and health psychology expert Andrew Smith said: ‘It is likely that the high levels of stress in a medical practitioner’s day, combined with long hours could play a significant part in the high proportion of at-fault car insurance claims they have.’

The least accident-prone drivers in the UK are abattoir workers with only one in 100 (1.39%) having an at-fault claim, according to the study.

The study was based on car insurance quotes made on Gocompare.com.

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