A survey of 1.6M insured at Admiral Insurance Co. in the U.K. reveals that lawyers are the least law-abiding of all drivers; twenty percent had traffic convictions, according to the Times of London (5 February 2009, page 27). The fewest traffic violations appeared among hairdressers and beauticians.
The impersonal character of pleadings and advocacy and the rewarding of cleverness rather than truth might be contributing factors. Lawyers are probably more aggressive drivers in general than they would be if they were — like hairdressers – involved in a more personal, “hands-on” relationship all day with those directly affected by their conduct.
Maybe the task of explaining this should be delegated to Steven D. Levitt, professor of economics at the University of Chicago and author of Freakonomics, A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.