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Why speeding in New Jersey can increase insurance premiums

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Traffic Violations

Speeding violations can have far-reaching consequences. In New Jersey, the repercussions of a speeding ticket can be significant and often go. beyond the immediate fines and penalties.

One common outcome is an increase in insurance premiums.

Point system

New Jersey uses a point system to evaluate and record traffic violations. Speeding violations result in the accumulation of points on a driver’s record.

The severity of the offense determines the number of points. Going one to 14 miles per hour over the limit is two points. It is four points for 15 to 29 mph over and five points for 30 or more mph over. Insurance companies consider these points when determining premium rates.

Risk assessment

Insurers assess risk based on various factors, and a driver’s record of speeding violations raises concerns about their behavior on the road. From an insurance perspective, drivers with a history of speeding are riskier and more likely to be in accidents. As a result, insurance companies adjust premiums to mitigate the increased risk.

Insurance premium calculation

Insurance companies base premiums on the level of risk a driver presents. Speeding violations contribute to a higher perceived risk, leading insurers to charge more for coverage. Insurers consider a driver with a clean record less likely to file a claim, while a history of speeding suggests a higher probability of accidents and subsequent claims.

Legal requirements

New Jersey mandates that all drivers carry auto insurance coverage. Failure to maintain insurance can result in fines and other penalties. As insurance premiums increase due to speeding violations, drivers must still comply with legal requirements and get the necessary coverage.

Overall, the potential increase in insurance premiums adds a financial burden that extends beyond the initial ticket.