Thursday, February 18, 2010

This is kind of interesting: America's Most Dangerous Drivers By Profession. I wonder why these ten are the most dangerous? Rushing to get to work for some of them or maybe for #3--going too slow to avoid getting there? And I am curious about #8.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

10. Nurses: Just keeping the profession stocked with customers.
9. Coaches: It’s not like anyone ever claimed they were MENSA material to begin with.
8. Barbers: Ever meet a barber with nothing to talk about? Coincidence?
7. Marketers: Oh, please! These people WANT to be hated!
6. Dog groomers: Because without accidents, you’d never know they existed in the first place.
5. Business professionals: Two words: “Statistics fetish.”
4. Bartenders: And you always thought that was a glass of Diet Coke they sipped all night long.
3. Gov’t worker: Coming in 3rd is something of a tradition for the civil service.
2. Financial professionals: When cars are made to look like numbers, accountants will take notice.

3:59 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Helen said...

Kevin M,

I guess that sums it up.

4:24 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Dr. Helen, et al.
RE: Lousy 'Study' Methodology

Admittedly, they only had what little data they could glean from the forms, BUT, it should have studied (1) how many accidents and (2) who caused the accident: the individual of that work-type, the other person of unknown work-type, neither, or both.

RE: An Interesting Correlation

I see, in the data, a tendency for people with more and more contact with living beings and frustration as being higher on the study results.

Additionally, I'm not surprised about the lawyers.

I wonder....

....where do (1) doctors and (2) professors fall in the study? And where retired military.


[I want a Hummer with the laser-designating .50 cal semi-/fully automatic option. And a bumper sticker that says....

I drive offensively. ]

4:32 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

regarding nurses. read; sleep deprivation. classic case of harried woman.

6:53 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm not sure it's statistically rigorous to make dog groomers and stylists/barbers separate categories. Or is that just my experience?

10:06 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger I R A Darth Aggie said...

I'm sure the statistical analysis is faulty on many levels.

Fer instance, what happens when you normalize the data to incidents/mile traveled? are any of these occupations significantly higher than the mean?

9:50 AM, February 19, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The worst case I ever witnessed during my commuting years was an overweight businessman in a Lexus driving down the fast lane at 70 MPH with the Wall Street Journal draped over his steering wheel.

10:56 AM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger LPF said...

What, 'stuntman' isn't number 1?

11:13 AM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger Eric said...

I wonder to what extent the statistics might skewed by the likelihood of the accidents being reported in the first place. Many accidents go unreported after the culpable driver offers to pay the damages off the books to avoid the higher premiums.

Would that vary by profession? Lawyers tend to be litigious by nature, and thus more likely to pursue claims. Also, in many states it is illegal not to report accidents, and there might be some lawyers who believe in obeying the law. (At least, that's possible, isn't it?)

12:07 PM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger Omnibabe said...

If you limited it to large cities, I'm betting taxi drivers would top the list, but, given that the survey was nation-wide, the percentage is not representative.

8:31 PM, February 22, 2010  

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