Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Penalties for Driving without Insurance

Driving without car insurance is a bad decision for both legal and financial reasons. Most states require drivers to carry certain levels of liability coverage in order to drive legally, and all states have some form of financial responsibility laws. Thus, if you are pulled over for any reason, the officer will undoubtedly ask you for proof of insurance/proof of financial responsibility. If you cannot provide this you might be in for some grave penalties.

Financial Disaster

Before we even plunge into the legal ramifications or driving uninsured, we’ll address the financial risks and consequences. With car accidents today, lawsuits are becoming increasingly common. If you are at fault in an accident and another driver sues you, you could lose everything you have without adequate liability protection. The other party can go after your assets, which would include your home, savings, vehicles, retirement accounts, stocks, and more. One significant legal judgment against you might lead to bankruptcy. On a smaller scale, you will also be stuck with having to pay for the damages to your own vehicle if you do not have collision coverage. And, for those without health insurance, you will also be stuck paying your medical bills, which will probably not be cheap even in a minor accident.

Legal Troubles

The legal consequences you will face will vary according to the laws of your state. Depending on the number of infractions you’ve had and where you live, here is a list of what could happen if you are caught driving uninsured:

  • Your car can be impounded
  • Your driver’s license might be suspended or revoked
  • You will face fines that could amount to thousands of dollars
  • Your vehicle tag may be seized
  • A gap in insurance coverage means you might be uninsurable to some companies in the future or you might face outrageous premiums
  • You might face jail time for multiple violations