Most drivers only think of their personal circumstances when it comes to their car insurance rates. Things such as accident history, driving record, and other personal factors all lend to the final rates for the individual. There are other factors at work that affect car insurance rates on a much larger scale. Many people would be surprised to learn that their driving record is not necessarily the biggest contributor to their rates.
A recent survey ranked states by their insurance rates. The average came in at $1500.00 with the scope running from $1000.00 to $2500.00. It was found that there are many important factors that go into the calculation of an annual premium. Major contributing factors include the population of uninsured drivers, the state’s laws and legislation, and local threats of weather are all important.
Some state laws are simply friendlier to corporations than they are in others. Other states tend to lean more towards the individual rather than the corporation. Those that favor the individual generally have higher insurance premiums. These representatives are paying out more on claims than they necessarily would have in a more corporation-friendly state. This really comes into play with middle of the road cases where there does not always appear to be a clear-cut answer. The judicial system siding with individuals in these cases a majority of the time is automatically skewing the premium rates up.
Uninsured drivers play a large part in the overall rates of insurance premiums. Most drivers that do not have insurance cannot afford it. Getting into an accident with an uninsured driver leaves the insured driver with little recourse in reclaiming the money they will be losing. Thus, the insured driver is left paying their repairs and medical expenses beyond what personal coverage they might have had. An insurance company will raise that individual’s premiums to help offset the cost of any payments rendered. This circle is made all the worse because collecting on a law suit against an uninsured driver is not likely in most cases.
Several state-wide factors can affect the local premium rates offered by insurance companies. One will find that denser population areas will have higher rates due to the higher amount of traffic incidents. Lighter population states are normally lower in average due to the lack of dense congestion. Weather plays a big role in areas where it can get bad enough to cause extensive damage to vehicles and homes. Areas prone to flooding, hurricanes, or tornados will see greater rates than more placid areas of the country. Damages to homes and buildings can result in higher premiums across the board from insurance providers.
A personal driving record is fairly important for figuring out the final premium cost of a driver. It should be known that there are several other forces at work behind the scenes that help to set the rates where they are at. A motorist that is puzzled over the rates offered in their area would do well to look past their own history and at external factors that may be weighing in.