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Does Your Job Affect Your Car Accident Risk?

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WorkersDoes the profession you have increase your risk of being in a car crash? It might, according to one study. The statistics of this study are considered so valid, that many insurance companies use them to determine how much a person’s auto insurance rates should be. What may be surprising for many people is that the more education a profession requires, the higher risk it appears to have for crashes.

In order from highest risk to lowest, the top 10 professions are:

  1. Doctors: Out of every 1,000 doctors, 109 will be in car crashes each year. There will also be 44 speeding violations issued to that group;
  2. Lawyers: Out of every 1,000 lawyers, 106 will be in crashes and 37 will receive speeding tickets;
  3. Architects: Out of every 1,000 architects, 105 will be in crashes and 72 will receive speeding tickets;
  4. Real estate brokers: Out of every 1,000 architects, 102 will be in crashes and 39 will receive speeding tickets;
  5. Enlisted military: Out of every 1,000 architects, 99 will be in crashes and 78 will receive speeding tickets;
  6. Social workers: Out of every 1,000 architects, 98 will be in crashes and 77 will receive speeding tickets;
  7. Manual laborer: Out of every 1,000 architects, 96 will be in crashes and 77 will receive speeding tickets;
  8. Analysts: Out of every 1,000 architects, 95 will be in crashes and 40 will receive speeding tickets;
  9. Engineers: Out of every 1,000 architects, 94 will be in crashes and 51 will receive speeding tickets; and
  10. Consultants: Out of every 1,000 architects, 94 will be in crashes and 50 will receive speeding tickets.

The study did point find that certain factors can contribute to a higher risk, such as jobs that require more time on the road. Another factor that strongly stood out was that high-demand professions could affect the hours of sleep a person gets, increasing the risk of fatigued driving. For example, when you look at the number one high-risk professions – doctors – one could wonder if sleep-deprived residents and interns cause that profession to be at number one.

Damages in a Car Crash

If you have been injured in a crash caused by another driver, you may be able to pursue a claim for financial damages. Although each case is determined by the circumstances of the crash, in general, victims of vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses. Any past, present, or future medical care you require because of your injuries.
  • Loss of income. Any time off work a victim had to take because of their injuries are compensable.
  • Loss of future income. If the victim’s injuries have left them permanently disabled and unable to go back to their job, they may entitled to compensation;
  • Pain and suffering. This amount is usually in proportion to the amount of medical care the victim received and how long recovery took.

If you have been injured in a crash, a Virginia Beach personal injury attorney can meet and discuss with you what damages may apply in your case and how he or she can help.

Contact a Virginia car accident attorney today for a free case evaluation.

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