Discover how to save on auto insurance in New Hampshire if you have tickets, citations or accidents on your driving record.
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If you caused a crash, filed a claim, or received a citation for a serious violation, you could be a candidate for high-risk auto insurance. Car insurance for high-risk drivers is usually expensive, but the cost varies depending on your auto insurance company, your driving history, and the state in which you live.
If you’re found responsible for an auto accident, you can expect your car insurance rates to increase. In New Hampshire, the average insurance rate after an at-fault crash is $1,933, versus the U.S. average of $2,012. A major accident like an at-fault crash will stay on your insurance record for up to three years!
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The best auto insurance company after an at-fault accident in New Hampshire is Concord Group. The company's typical rate increase after a crash is $964, leading to a total price 50 percent less expensive than the average among all insurers. If you’ve caused an accident in New Hampshire, steer clear of Allstate and Progressive, which typically charge more.
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One of the reasons drivers earn the "high-risk" designation is speeding. In New Hampshire, you can expect to see your rates rise by $285 per year post-speeding ticket, up to an average yearly rate of $1,368.
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The best way to find cheap insurance after a speeding citation is to shop thoroughly and weigh your options. The most affordable auto insurance after a speeding ticket in New Hampshire is available via Concord Group. The insurer's average premium after a violation is $525 less than the state average under similar circumstances. If you've been caught speeding in New Hampshire, Progressive could be worth avoiding.
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If you receive a citation for distracted driving, your next car insurance policy probably won't be cheap. In New Hampshire, auto insurance rates typically increase by $322 per year after a distracted driving ticket. That's a 30% increase from the average yearly rate in New Hampshire, and 87% more than the national average cost of car insurance after a distracted driving citation.
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The easiest way to find inexpensive car insurance after a distracted driving infraction is to compare options from a variety of companies. The least expensive company after a distracted driving ticket in New Hampshire is Concord Group, with an average rate of only $819 per year, 42% more affordable than the average distracted driving insurance premium across all insurers.
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Racing is an extremely serious offense. Car insurance carriers often penalize racing convictions severely — in fact, New Hampshire auto insurance premiums increase by $1,314 per year after a citation for racing. That represents a 121% increase on the usual annual car insurance premium in New Hampshire!
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If you've been pulled over for racing, do your due diligence and shop around for the best rates. In New Hampshire, grab a quote from GEICO, which offers rates 56 percent cheaper than the state average after a citation for racing.
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As one of the most serious moving violations, reckless driving is a surefire way to get a car insurance rate hike. Insurers raise prices by an average of $783 annually following a reckless driving ticket. That's 72% greater than the average car insurance rate in New Hampshire, and 1% less than the U.S. average price increase for reckless driving.
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If you're found to be guilty of reckless driving, you should shop around to find the cheapest rate. In New Hampshire, the cheapest underwriter after a reckless driving offense is GEICO.
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If you're looking for auto insurance as a high-risk driver, the best course of action is to shop around and find the policy that fits.
New Hampshire's driving regulations are intended to keep drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians safe. Driving laws can sometimes get complicated. Below, we’ve laid out some general — though not exhaustive — examples of New Hampshire traffic laws to keep you on the right side of the law. Keep these in mind the next time you set out on New Hampshire roads.
The state of New Hampshire asks that drivers navigate at a speed that is “reasonable and prudent.” Find below general speed guidelines in the state.
The state also expects drivers to drive 10 miles per hour below the speed limit in school zones during school hours.
Speeding fines in New Hampshire depend on the speed limit in the area. If you are found to be speeding on an interstate — where limits are higher — you can expect a higher fine. The fine schedule below can give you a good idea of standard fines.
Reckless driving in New Hampshire is defined as driving in such a manner that the “lives or safety of the public” is endangered. The exact definition is rather loose, allowing many different types of poor driving behaviors to be included. However, you can expect that exceeding 100 miles per hour will automatically make you guilty of reckless driving.
The fines for reckless driving in New Hampshire can be quite steep, growing more punitive with each subsequent offense. Below you can find New Hampshire’s penalties for driving recklessly.
Distracted driving can come in many forms. Getting caught up in a song on the radio, talking to a passenger, or even daydreaming can be considered distracted driving, and can lead to dangerous situations. However, it’s almost impossible to legislate against these activities.
The state has, on the other hand, banned the use of cell phones while driving. New Hampshire's texting and driving laws are understandably strict, disallowing drivers from holding their phones while driving. This is considered a primary offense, which means that police officers can pull over drivers who they witness using a phone while driving, even if no other offenses have been committed.
There are a few exceptions. Drivers can use a phone in the following situations:
If you are found guilty of breaking New Hampshire distracted driving laws, you can expect the following penalties to be applied.
The state of New Hampshire defines racing as “the driving of two or more vehicles from a point side-by-side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other.” The state has strict laws against such behavior. The lines between racing and reckless driving are rather thin, meaning that drivers could face the more serious reckless driving penalties.
If you are found guilty of road racing in New Hampshire, you will see fines in the following amounts:
Bear in mind, the speed at which you are found to be traveling could lead to an increased fine.
Accidents are inevitable. Making sure you are properly insured should be a priority for all drivers. However, the state of New Hampshire is unique in that it doesn’t require proof of insurance while driving. The state does, however, require that drivers be able to cover the costs of any accidents they cause. Furthermore, if you are found guilty of certain offenses, like drunk driving or receiving a second speeding ticket, you must buy insurance in order to drive legally.
It is suggested that all drivers at least carry liability coverage. However, it’s important to remember that liability coverage doesn’t pay you; it only pays for damages that you cause in an auto accident. You would need comprehensive and collision insurance to cover damage to your vehicle.
The minimum limits of liability coverage that you can purchase in New Hampshire are 25/50/25. This covers $25,000 per person for bodily injury, up to a maximum limit of $50,000. This coverage also includes $25,000 in property damage as well.
If you are found guilty of an at-fault accident, your insurance company will pay for damages caused to others up to your limits. New Hampshire’s minimum liability coverage, while not the lowest in the nation, certainly may leave you underinsured should you cause serious bodily injury or property damage in an at-fault accident. It is highly encouraged that all drivers carry higher limits, which can be increased for a relatively low added premium.
If you are appropriately insured with high liability limits, the only penalty you should incur would be a rate increase from your insurance company. In some cases, your insurer may choose to terminate your coverage or decline to renew it at the end of your term. This typically occurs in situations where a driver has filed repeated insurance claims.
If you cause an accident and don’t have insurance, you are personally liable for all damages, which can cost far more than your insurance premiums.
Drinking and driving in New Hampshire is strictly outlawed. A driver found with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more is guilty of driving while intoxicated and could face stiff penalties. Any driver found with a BAC of .16% is guilty of an “aggravated DWI” which brings even more severe penalties. A driver with a BAC below .16% can also be charged with an aggravated DWI if they drive 30 mph over the speed limit, cause bodily injury, attempt to evade law enforcement, or carry a passenger under the age of 16 while intoxicated.
While the limits above pertain to all drivers, limits for drivers under the legal drinking age are even lower. Any driver under the age of 21 found with a BAC of .02% is considered guilty of driving while intoxicated and faces the same penalties as a standard DWI.
The state of New Hampshire takes drinking and driving seriously. There are different tiers of penalties depending on the age and BAC of the driver. A standard DUI is considered a class B misdemeanor, while an “aggravated DWI” is a class A misdemeanor or — if an accident is involved — a class B felony.
Multiple offenses within a 10-year period are may lead to more severe penalties, including steep fines, jail time, and indefinite license revocation, among other penalties.
If the DWI leads to an accident, the charge becomes a class B felony. Penalties increase dramatically and can include up to seven years in prison and at least $1,000 in fines, among others.
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