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Published on Sep 12, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

One in Seven Drivers Doesn't Have Car Insurance

One in seven drivers is uninsured

The Insurance Research Council estimates that 13.8 percent of motorists do not have car insurance policies – about one in seven drivers.

Nearly every state in the U.S. has laws forbidding people to drive without auto insurance, but uninsured motorists abound – from 4 percent in Massachusetts to 28 percent in Mississippi.

Registration policies affect the number of uninsured motorists. For example, in Massachusetts, a person must show proof of insurance before he or she can register a vehicle. However, in Mississippi, police have no way to determine whether a driver is insured or not. The state doesn't require proof of insurance. Auto insurance is compulsory in every state except for New Hampshire.

Drivers who are insured pay a large price for other drivers who don't have auto insurance. According to recent data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, insured drivers paid $10.8 billion in 2007 to protect themselves and those without policies.

The states with the highest percentages of uninsured drivers include: Mississippi (28%), New Mexico (26%), Florida (24%), Tennessee (24%), and Oklahoma (24%). Pennsylvania has 7% of drivers who are uninsured. That's why it's so important to carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage.

For more information on PA auto insurance coverage, including recommended coverage, visit EdgarSnyder.com.

"One in Seven Drivers Has No Insurance." USA Today. September 12, 2011.
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