Car insurance rates in New Mexico are traditionally calculated based on a driver’s age, auto make and model, driving history and other personal information. However, for high-risk drivers in New Mexico, car insurance rates may be higher due to their increased risk to an insurance company.

High-risk drivers include those who have two or more traffic violations, at-fault accidents, DUIs, poor credit scores or no prior car insurance coverage.

We have created this guide to make your search for car insurance for high-risk drivers hassle-free. It provides details on how auto insurance rates change based on infractions like speeding tickets, at-fault accidents and DUI convictions. It also reveals the cheapest car insurance companies for high-risk drivers based on driving profiles in New Mexico.

Key Highlights
  • High-risk drivers have minor violations like speeding tickets or major violations like DUI convictions or lapses in insurance coverage.
  • Drivers in New Mexico pay 18% more for auto insurance for a ticket for driving 1-10 mph over the speed limit than without a violation.
  • If you are convicted of DUI or DWI in New Mexico, you can expect your car insurance rates to increase 44% more for auto insurance.
  • An at-fault accident increases car insurance rates by 37% in New Mexico, based on a data analysis by CarInsurance.com.
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Who is a high-risk driver in New Mexico?

Drivers of all age groups, those with or without experience, can be categorized as high-risk drivers by car insurance companies in New Mexico if they have minor violations like speeding tickets or major violations like DUI convictions or lapses in insurance coverage.

Car insurance rates for high-risk drivers by driving profile in New Mexico

The experts at CarInsurance.com have analyzed the rates for high-risk drivers based on driving profile for drivers with – speeding tickets, DUI offenses and at-fault accidents.

Here’s how each of the violations affect car insurance rates in New Mexico.

Speeding tickets

In New Mexico, car insurance rates increase based on the speeding limits you violate. For example, a driver who drives 1-10 MPH over the speed limit will pay 18% more for auto insurance than before having a speeding ticket.

New Mexico drivers with speeding ticket violations for driving 11-29 mph over the limit pay 23% higher rates than drivers without speeding tickets. Whereas New Mexico drivers with speed violations of more than 30 mph will pay 23% higher rates than drivers without speeding tickets.

Find out how much car insurance rates increase after a speeding ticket violation in New Mexico.

ViolationRates after speeding ticketRates before speeding ticket$ Difference% Increase
Speeding ticket 1-10 MPH over limit$1,982 $1,686 $296 18%
Speeding ticket 11-29 MPH over limit$2,081 $1,686 $395 23%
Speeding 30+ over limit$2,081 $1,686 $395 23%

Learn more: How much your insurance goes up after a speeding ticket

Cheapest car insurance companies in New Mexico for drivers with speeding tickets

In New Mexico, Nationwide offers the cheapest car insurance for drivers with speeding tickets at $1,428 annually. The car insurance rates offered by Nationwide increase by $210 after a speeding ticket violation.

CompanyRates before speeding ticketRates after speeding ticket$ Difference% Difference
Allstate$2,153 $2,398 $245 11%
Farmers$1,708 $2,210 $501 29%
Geico$1,064 $1,754 $690 65%
Iowa Farm Bureau$2,821 $3,068 $248 9%
Kemper$2,439 $2,862 $424 17%
Nationwide$1,218 $1,428 $210 17%
Progressive$1,730 $2,126 $395 23%
State Farm$1,344 $1,442 $98 7%
USAA$1,090 $1,358 $267 24%

DUI offense

If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) or OUI (operating under the influence) in New Mexico, you can expect your car insurance rates to increase by 44% on an average, according to 2023 CarInsurance.com data analysis.

ViolationRates after a DUIRates without a DUI$ Difference% Difference
DUI/DWI first offense$2,423 $1,686 $736 44%
DUI/DWI second offense$3,164 $1,686 $1,477 88%

Here’s how much your insurance goes up after a DUI

Cheapest car insurance companies in New Mexico for drivers with a DUI

State Farm offers the cheapest car insurance rates for drivers with a DUI at $1,442 per year, in New Mexico. The rate increases by $98 after getting a DUI offense on your driving history.

The second cheapest car insurance for high-risk drivers with DUI is offered by Progressive at $1,900 a year.

See below for the auto insurance premiums offered by companies in New Mexico for drivers with a DUI.

CompanyRates before DUI offenseRates after 1st DUI offenseRates after 2nd DUI offense
Allstate$2,153$2,949$4,159
Farmers$1,708$2,315$3,260
Geico$1,064$2,182$2,728
Iowa Farm Bureau$2,821$4,380$5,756
Kemper$2,439$2,961$3,319
Nationwide$1,218$2,202$3,235
Progressive$1,730$1,900$2,820
State Farm$1,344$1,442$1,442
USAA$1,090$2,146$2,648

At-fault accident

After an at-fault collision, your car insurance premiums could spike in New Mexico – unless you’ve added endorsements like accident forgiveness to your coverage.

According to a 2023 rate analysis by CarInsurance.com, on average, after an at-fault accident, car insurance rates increase by 37%.

However, there are states where car insurance companies provide coverage to the policyholder regardless of who was responsible for the collision or cover the medical expenses of the other driver. They are referred to as no-fault states and tort states.

Learn more: How much does car insurance go up after an accident?

Cheapest car insurance companies in New Mexico for drivers with at-fault accidents

If you are looking for the cheapest car insurance for drivers with an at-fault accident, State Farm is your best bet. It offers insurance at $1,442 per year.

CompanyRates before an at-fault accidentRates after an at-fault accident
Allstate$2,153 $2,950
Farmers$1,708 $2,412
Geico$1,064 $1,902
Iowa Farm Bureau$2,821 $3,554
Kemper$2,439 $3,017
Nationwide$1,218 $1,766
Progressive$1,730 $2,561
State Farm$1,344 $1,442
USAA$1,090 $1,619

Reckless driving

Reckless driving is a grave offense with serious consequences. Unlike other traffic violations, it is usually classified as a misdemeanor. It carries severe penalties such as hefty fines or even imprisonment, depending on the state laws, according to Findlaw, an online legal information resource.

Compare the car insurance rates for drivers with and without a reckless driving violation in New Mexico.

ViolationRates after a reckless drivingRates before a reckless driving$ Difference% Increase
Reckless driving$2,472 $1,686 $785 47%

Cheapest car insurance companies in New Mexico for a reckless driving violation

CompanyRates before a reckless driving violationsRates after a reckless driving violations
Allstate$2,153 $2,949
Farmers$1,708 $2,654
Geico$1,064 $2,182
Iowa Farm Bureau$2,821 $4,380
Kemper$2,439 $3,319
Nationwide$1,218 $2,202
Progressive$1,730 $2,297
State Farm$1,344 $1,442
USAA$1,090 $1,477

Cheapest car insurance options for high-risk drivers in New Mexico

Use the calculator below to see the cheapest companies for high-risk drivers in New Mexico by violation.

Average cost of car insurance in New Mexico for high-risk driver

Select your state and risk factor below to see the insurance company and its
average annual full coverage rates.

Average Annual Car Insurance Rate for At-fault bodily injury accident in New Mexico is $2,310
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Company Name Insurance Rates
State Farm $1,442
USAA $1,619
Nationwide $1,766
Geico $1,902
Farmers $2,412
Progressive $2,561
Allstate $2,950
Kemper $3,017
Iowa Farm Bureau $3,554

How to lower your car insurance rate if you are a high-risk driver

There are ways to lower car insurance rates even if you are a high-risk driver.

Increase in car insurance rates for high-risk drivers: By driver profile

Resources & Methodology

Sources

Findlaw. “Reckless driving laws by state.” Accessed January 2023.

Methodology

Data is sourced from the Auto Problems Report 2022. Rates are based on the driving profile of a 40-year-old male driver who drives a Honda Accord LX and opts for a full-coverage policy with coverage limits of 100/300/100 and a $500 comprehensive and collision deductible across around 1500 ZIP codes with 50,00,736 records from 27 companies.

Note: In most states, USAA is the cheapest company for drivers with traffic violations, but it is only available to military members, veterans and their immediate families.

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