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London - Surgoens are the most accident-prone drivers, closely followed by other medical professionals, a UK study shows.

They have around a 36 percent chance of causing a road crash over a five-year period. Just behind are GPs with a 33 percent chance, health visitors on 31 percent and hospital consultants on 30 percent.

The safest drivers were found to be building society clerks who have only a 0.3 percent chance of being at fault for an accident over the same time period.

Typists, abattoir workers, car wash attendants and funfair employees also had excellent safety records.

Kevin Pratt, of MoneySuperMarket, the comparison website that commissioned the study, said:

“One industry dominates the top ten claims. It seems those who have the responsibility of saving our lives and caring for our health are the most accident-prone drivers.”

Pratt added: “There is no doubt that surgeons, GPs and health visitors have stressful jobs, so lack of time or tiredness could mean these drivers are more likely to make an at-fault claim.”

The report looked at nearly two million claims that had to be disclosed by drivers when they were looking to renew their insurance, or switch to a rival firm.

For every 1000 surgeons with a car insurance policy, 361 at-fault car claims had been made over the past five years.

For those who make a claim – whether at fault or not – the annual premium typically increases by £33 (R583) a year.

Some niche professions were excluded because their figures were too low to be compared accurately.

Daily Mail