GPs make most motor car insurance claims, says survey

A recently conducted survey has suggested that GPs make more motor car insurance claims than other medical professionals.

According to research conducted by popular comparison site confused.com, approximately one out of every 3 GPs registered with the website over the last 12 months.

The car insurance comparison site also noted that the rest of the medical profession reported high figures as well: dentists, hospital, doctors, district nurses, and psychologists all tallied up at 27, 29, 30, and 30 per cent respectively.

27 per cent of opticians submitted a claim to their car insurance companies last year, the survey found, followed closely by police officers at 26 per cent.

As for the motorists who were most likely to file a claim, that dubious honour goes to the high earner bracket.  High income earners comprised 65 per cent of the top 20 professions to make car insurance claims.

The manual labour professions were the least likely to submit claims, as 85 per cent of the 20 at the bottom of the list was populated by plasterers, decorators, and carpet fitters.  Whether this statistic is indicative of those professions being safer drivers or being less likely to make a claim is unknown.

Mechanics, painter/decorators, construction workers, and farm workers also ranked high on the “safety” side of the list, as all professions tallied up at either 11 or 10 per cent.

In perhaps what may be the most ironic development, car valeters showed the least likelihood of making claims due to their 8 per cent rate over the last 12 months.

Motor insurance head for the price comparison site, Will Thomas, commented that the survey’s findings turn many preconceived notions on their head.  He stated that most people, insurers included, would expect a decorator or a painter to be more accident-prone whilst behind the wheel than an accountant or a doctor, but the data actually illustrates the exact opposite to be true.

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