Everything you need to know about how insurance laws work and how traffic violations will affect your car insurance rates.

  • Liability Requirements by State: Find out what car insurance coverages you must have to drive in your state. While nearly all states require minimum levels of liability, which pays for others’ injuries and damage you cause in an accident, some states also mandate that you have additional types of car insurance, such as uninsured motorist or personal injury protection.
  • Tort Insurance Law: Learn how tort law plays in car insurance accidents. Some states are “tort states,” which means you are responsible for compensating people you injure in an accident. Typically, this is covered by your liability insurance up to your limits.
  • No-Fault Insurance Law: No-fault insurance laws come into play in “no-fault” states, which means car insurance you’re required to buy pays for your injuries regardless of who caused the car accident. Find out the information you need on the 12 no-fault states.
  • How Tickets Affect Your Insurance: Learn what happens to your car insurance policy when you get a ticket. In some cases, your rates may go up.
  • Driving Without a License: The penalties for driving without a license are outlined by each state.
  • Driving Without Insurance: Penalties by State: Find out what fees and penalties you face if caught driving without insurance.
  • Lapse in Insurance Coverage: Here we show you how much your rates increase if you let your insurance lapse, as well as what fees and penalties you face in your state.
  • Cellphone Use While Driving: This article outlines laws governing cellphones’ use while behind the wheel. You’ll also learn whether or not a cellphone ticket will raise your car insurance rates.
  • Total-Loss Thresholds: Whether your car is totaled after an accident depends on your state’s total-loss threshold law. Legally, insurers must declare a car totaled and apply for a salvage title once damage reaches a certain point under your state’s law. Learn what you need to know about your state’s total-loss threshold.