Car operators in Utah and in all of America must always have their Cars insured. It is their choice of how much coverage to have, but there is a minimum established by Utah auto Insurance laws, and the DMV of every state. The minimums for most states have been set at $25,000/$50,000 and $10,000. This means that if you get in an accident, each person in the other car is covered up to $25,000 with the maximum payout being $50,000, and property damages are covered up to $10,000.
As long as your insurance policy is current, your insurance company assumes responsibility for expenses up to the amount on your policy if you get in an accident. However, if you do not have current insurance, or if you have cancelled it, your insurance company will not pay a dime, you will be forced to pay it all.
To make sure that vehicle owners stay insured the government is cracking down on those who do not have insurance. These punishments are set forth by each state’s DMV, vary depending on the state. If you are in an accident and you have allowed your insurance to lapse, what could happen? The punishments can be very severe.
If you live in Utah, you are forced to pay 100% of the damages, and your driver’s license is suspended until you do so. Your driver’s license can be revoked for up to six years! In Michigan, one with insurance is only liable for up to $500, while those who do not have insurance are required to pay for the damages in full.
If you live in Texas, proof of insurance is required at the time you get a drivers license. If you are caught without proper insurance coverage you will be slammed with an initial fee of $350. The second time you are caught you receive a fee of $1000 and your vehicle can be taken away for up to six months. If you do get in a wreck you are held responsible 100%, no exceptions.
In California the liability limits are much lower than most other states, yet they treat driving without insurance very harshly. If you are caught without current insurance, your driver’s license will likely be taken away for up to a year. You car can be impounded and your registration will be suspended until you have proof of current insurance. Like other states, without insurance you are fully responsible for all damages in a wreck.
It is vital that you do not let your insurance coverage get cancelled. Even though it can be kind of expensive to have insurance on your vehicle, the penalties for driving uninsured are always worse. Make sure you get in contact with your Insurance Agent to make sure there is no problem with your insurance. Also when buying a car, consult with your agent to make sure you have enough coverage on your new car and that you can afford it.