GPs most likely profession to claim on car insurance, research reveals

13% of GPs had made at least one at-fault claim in the past five years

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GPs are the most likely profession to need to make a claim on their car insurance, analysis from a website suggests.

Several other healthcare professions, including hospital doctors, health visitors and dental surgeons also tend to have particularly high car insurance claim rates, according to the research from Gocompare.com Car Insurance.

The study, which analysed car insurance quotes generated by customers on Gocompare's website, found that 13% of GPs had made at least one at-fault claim in the past five years.

As well as health professionals, insurance consultants also appeared on the list of those most likely to have made a car insurance claim.

Gocompare's research analysed car insurance quotes generated by customers on the website across 2016.

It looked at the numbers of drivers with car insurance claims, where the driver was at fault within the past five years, and ranked those most likely to have made a claim by profession.

It found that by contrast, occupations among the least likely to make a claim included car dealers, abattoir workers and car wash attendants.

Matt Oliver, Gocompare.com's spokesman, said: "At-fault accidents tend to affect car insurance premiums more than other claims as insurers will deem the driver as higher risk.

"Drivers with an at-fault claim could see their premiums rise as much as £70.

"However, how much premiums go up could depend on the severity of the claim."

Here are the top 10 occupations with the highest proportions of claims on their car insurance according to Gocompare.com:

1. General practitioner

2. Hospital consultant

3. Outreach worker

4. Hospital doctor

5. Surgeon

6. Health visitor

7. Insurance consultant

8. Psychotherapist

9. Dental surgeon

10. Psychologist