New York Car Insurance

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Here's what you need to know when driving in New York

Across the Empire State, there are 242,769 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.

Car Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in New York

In New York, the state minimum coverage requirements are as follows:
Liability
  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $10,000 per accident
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • $50,000 per person
Optional coverage in New York (varies by carrier):
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury (SUM)
  • Additional Personal Injury Protection (APIP)
  • Optional Basic Economic Loss (OBEL)

Liability coverage is legally required in New York and pays for injury and lost wages that you cause to another driver or their passengers as well as damage to the other driver’s vehicle in the event that you are considered “at fault” in an accident. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into three categories. In New York, the minimum is listed as 25/50/10 and explained below:

$25,000 bodily injury coverage per person. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for a single person that you injure in an auto accident.

$50,000 bodily injury coverage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for all injuries that you cause in an accident if more than one person is hurt.

$10,000 property damage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for damage that you cause in an accident.

Uninsured Motorist coverage is legally required in New York and pays for injury and lost wages that you or your passengers may suffer in the event that you are hit by an uninsured driver who is at fault. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into two categories. In New York, the minimum is listed as 30/60 and explained below:

$25,000 bodily injury coverage per person. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for a single person injured in your vehicle by an uninsured driver.

$50,000 bodily injury coverage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for all injuries in your vehicle by an uninsured driver if more than one person is hurt.

Personal Injury Protection provides coverage for medical costs that you and your passengers incur in an accident regardless of fault. PIP will cover medical expenses such as hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and even work loss resulting from an accident. In New York, minimum PIP coverage of $50,000 per person is required on your policy.

These numbers reflect the minimum limits required in New York but higher coverage amounts are available with most companies.

New York is a no fault state!

What does this mean for you?

Put simply, a no-fault insurance laws system requires that drivers carry their own protection. When an accident happens, no matter who is at fault, your own insurance foots the bill. Each driver takes care of his or herself, and theoretically, the chances of someone suing or raising a hissy fit over culpability are lessened. And bonus? It guarantees every driver immediate medical treatment in the event of an accident.

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Car Insurance FAQs

Are digital insurance cards accepted in New York?

Yes

What does this mean for you?

If you happen to find yourself pulled over by a police officer in New York you won't have to rifle through your glovebox wondering if you remembered to replace that expired insurance card last month. Instead, you can provide proof of coverage with your smartphone.

Do I need uninsured motorist coverage in New York?

Uninsured Drivers in New York
New York

5%

Nationwide

12%

Did you know?

Uninsured motorist coverage protects you from damage caused by other drivers without insurance and hit-and-runs.

How much does car insurance cost in New York cities?

Rank City Avg. Annual Premium
1 New York $2,681
2 Freeport $2,258
3 Hempstead $2,256
4 Levittown $2,021
5 Mount Vernon $1,958
6 Yonkers $1,939
7 West Babylon $1,894
8 Brentwood $1,891
9 Hicksville $1,881
10 Coram $1,749
11 White Plains $1,645
12 New Rochelle $1,643
13 Buffalo $1,518
14 Cheektowaga $1,228
15 Niagara Falls $1,213
16 West Seneca $1,213
17 Tonawanda $1,189
18 Utica $1,114
19 Syracuse $1,108
20 Troy $1,074
21 Albany $1,046
22 Rochester $1,046
23 Schenectady $1,041
24 Irondequoit $1,011
25 Binghamton $931

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Driving Laws

New York Texting and Driving Laws

  1. Ban on hand-held cell phones
  2. Ban on text messaging for all drivers
Alcohol Related Fatalities

344

Per Year in New York
Annual DUI Arrests
New York
25,169
US Average
23,438
DUI Legal Limit

0.08%

Blood Alcohol Content
Average DUI Cost

10k

Nationally, For First Offenders
What does this mean for you?

Driving with a blood alcohol content higher than the number above will put you at risk of being arrested for driving under the influence. If arrested you’ll face harsh consequences and may face varying degrees of jail time, fines, driver’s license suspensions, and reinstatement requirements.

If convicted of a DUI, you can expect the financial obligations to extend beyond the DUI ticket to court costs, attorney fees, higher insurance rates, and potentially the installation of a Ignition Interlock Device to serve as a breathalyzer test each time you start your vehicle.
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It's cheap to get car insurance in New York!

Whoa! New York is one of the cheapest states for car insurance. Let's see how much you'll save!
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What's the cheapest car insurance in New York?
Rank Company Name Avg. Annual Premium
1 USAA $1,175
2 Erie $1,230
3 Utica National $1,519
4 Progressive $1,527
5 Travelers $1,544
6 Allstate $1,572
7 MetLife $1,604
8 Amica $1,612
9 Preferred Mutual $1,720
10 New York Central Mutual $1,855
11 GEICO $1,888
12 Safeco $1,927
13 State Farm $1,943
14 Central Mutual $1,988
15 Liberty Mutual $2,046
16 Hanover $2,346
17 Encompass $2,636
18 Nationwide $3,116
19 Mercury $3,887
20 21st Century $4,368

New York Tour Guide Scholarship

At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the New York area, while also getting an insider view of the Empire State.

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Prompt

So, New York students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that’s great! But there are no limits to what we’re looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.

Please Note:

  • The length of the road trip to your feature destination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that’s just two miles from home, we want to see it.
Qualifications:

Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. Upon notification, winner(s) must supply a current proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance.

How to Apply:
  • Entrants should create an original video not exceeding 2 minutes. Each video submission must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, and should be submitted by email to scholarships@thezebra.com.
  • With your submission, please include your name, address, and phone number.
Details
  • Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $1,000.
  • Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2017.
  • Winner(s) will be selected and notified by e-mail by January 31st, 2018.
  • Submissions will be judged by The Zebra and the winner will be selected based on creativity in the content and presentation.
  • Upon notification, winner(s) must also supply a current proof of enrollment at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States.

Fine Print

  • By participating, entrants represent that the video submitted is their sole and original work and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party. In other words, no copyrighted music or images may be used.
  • Employees of The Zebra and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest.
  • Written credits for any technical or talent positions (e.g., editor, director, actors) should be included with your submission, along with any sources used to create the video.