Committing a driving violation can cause your auto insurance rates to get more expensive. Find out how to save.
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If you have caused a car crash, filed an insurance claim, or been handed a citation for a major violation, you could be a candidate for high-risk car insurance. Auto insurance for a driver with a poor driving record is almost always expensive, but the level of rate increase you face varies based on your company, your driving record, and the area in which you live.
If you're deemed at-fault for an auto accident, expect your auto insurance rates to skyrocket. In Massachusetts, the average insurance rate following an at-fault crash is $2,044, compared to the U.S. average of $2,012. A serious accident such as an at-fault collision can stay on your insurance record for as long as three years.
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The most affordable insurer after an at-fault accident in Massachusetts is GEICO. GEICO’s usual price increase after an incident is $702, resulting in a total rate 34 percent less expensive than the average among all insurers. If you’ve caused a crash in Massachusetts, avoid Progressive and Amica, which penalize at-fault drivers more severely.
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One of the ways in which drivers earn the "risky" designation is speeding. In Massachusetts, you can expect to see your rates rise by $302 per year after a speeding citation, to an average yearly rate of $1,504.
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The best way to find affordable car insurance after a speeding ticket is to shop around and weigh your options. The most affordable auto insurance after a speeding citation in Massachusetts is available through Erie. Erie’s average rate after a citation is $514 less than the state average. If you've been caught speeding in Massachusetts, Allstate probably won't be the cheapest option.
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If you are issued a distracted driving citation, one side effect will be increased car insurance rates. In Massachusetts, car insurance costs typically increase by $150 per year. That amounts to a 13% increase from the average annual rate in Massachusetts and 13% more than the national average cost of auto insurance after a ticket for distracted driving.
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The best way to find affordable car insurance after a distracted driving citation is to compare carriers. The most affordable car insurance company after a ticket for distracted driving in Massachusetts is GEICO, with a typical rate of just $948 per year, 30% lower than the average distracted driving insurance rate from all insurers.
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Racing is treated as a very serious violation. Insurers commonly penalize racing convictions severely — in fact, Massachusetts auto insurance prices go up by $1,078 per year after a ticket for racing. That is a 90% increase on the average yearly car insurance premium in Massachusetts!
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If you have been cited for racing, do your due diligence and find the cheapest rates. In Massachusetts, grab a quote from GEICO, with rates 55 percent cheaper than the state average for drivers found guilty of racing.
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One of the most serious driving violations, reckless driving is a certain way to pay more for auto insurance. Auto insurance companies increase prices by an average of $1,192 annually after reckless driving. That comes out to 99% more than the typical insurance rate in Massachusetts, and 39% less than the U.S. average penalty for a reckless driving ticket.
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If you've committed a reckless driving offense, shop around to find the cheapest rate. In Massachusetts, the best carrier after reckless driving is GEICO.
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If you're looking for auto insurance as a high-risk driver, the best option is to shop around and compare policies from trusted insurers.
Driving laws in Massachusetts are put in place to keep road travel as safe and as efficient as possible. If you want to stay on the correct side of the law while driving in Massachusetts, have a look at some of these basic driving laws.
Massachusetts speeding laws are imposed to keep speeds reasonable and roads safe. Still, it’s easy to accidentally find yourself creeping over the speed limit from time to time. If you are uncertain of the speed limit in the area in which you are driving, keep these general guidelines in mind:
If you're caught violating Massachusetts speeding laws, you can expect the following penalties:
If found going ten miles over the speed limit, an extra $10 will be added to the fine for every mile per hour over. Fines also double in construction zones.
Reckless driving is typically a broad category. Lots of different poor driving behaviors could fall under this realm. The state defines reckless driving as operating a vehicle “negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered.”
If you are caught driving recklessly in Massachusetts, you can expect the following penalties:
Massachusetts distracted driversare a real threat to road safety. Distractions can come in many forms while driving, from taking a sip of coffee to talking to a fellow passenger. While many of these distracting behaviors would be hard to prohibit entirely, there is one area where Massachusetts has established firm laws.
Distracted driving laws in Massachusetts are clear in prohibiting the “sending, typing or reading electronic messages to or from handheld devices.” Also, if you are what Massachusetts terms as a “junior operator” (a driver between the age of 161/2 and 18), you are further prohibited from using any handheld device while driving.
If you are found guilty of breaking Massachusetts’s distracted driving laws, the following penalties will apply:
You are guilty of drag racing in Massachusetts if you attempt to operate at “a high rate of speed in competition with another operator.” It is considered a misdemeanor and carries some steep penalties.
If you are caught drag racing in Massachusetts you can expect the following penalties to apply:
If you are a junior operator or hold a learner’s permit, you can expect those penalties to increase:
Massachusetts is one of about a dozen states that is “no-fault,” meaning that you must file a claim with your insurance even if you are not at fault. While this is the case a majority of accidents, it is still important to determine fault in serious crashes.
Drivers are allowed to step outside of the no-fault system and pursue the at-fault driver’s insurance company if they have:
The state of Massachusetts requires any motorist on their roads to carry basic minimum liability insurance. All drivers must have at least the following coverage:
The penalties for driving without insurance in Massachusetts can be quite stiff. You can face a $500 fine and even be required to pay the equivalent of one year of premiums for mandatory insurance. What’s more, if you are found at-fault in an accident without insurance, you are personally liable for any resulting damages, which can make paying for car insurance seem downright cheap by comparison.
The state of Massachusetts takes DUI offenses quite seriously. Having a few drinks and jumping behind the wheel can lead to unsafe driving conditions for you and other motorists. If you have been drinking and driving in Massachusetts and have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08%, you can be charged with a DUI. That cutoff is even lower for drivers under the age of 21, coming in at .02%.
Penalties are understandably rigid in Massachusetts. If you drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher, you are in breach of Massachusetts DUI laws and can face the following consequences:
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