Does 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:
- 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;
- Lawyers: Out of every 1,000 lawyers, 106 will be in crashes and 37 will receive speeding tickets;
- Architects: Out of every 1,000 architects, 105 will be in crashes and 72 will receive speeding tickets;
- Real estate brokers: Out of every 1,000 architects, 102 will be in crashes and 39 will receive speeding tickets;
- Enlisted military: Out of every 1,000 architects, 99 will be in crashes and 78 will receive speeding tickets;
- Social workers: Out of every 1,000 architects, 98 will be in crashes and 77 will receive speeding tickets;
- Manual laborer: Out of every 1,000 architects, 96 will be in crashes and 77 will receive speeding tickets;
- Analysts: Out of every 1,000 architects, 95 will be in crashes and 40 will receive speeding tickets;
- Engineers: Out of every 1,000 architects, 94 will be in crashes and 51 will receive speeding tickets; and
- 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.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.