The best car insurance in West Virginia for drivers with a DUI is from State Farm, Erie and USAA. Getting a DUI in West Virginia will raise insurance premiums by an average of $589 per year, but drivers can minimize the cost of post-DUI car insurance by comparing quotes from the cheapest companies.
Insurance for drivers with a DUI is expensive because the violation indicates that you are more likely to file a claim than the average driver. In West Virginia, a DUI will only affect your rate for about 3-5 years, so the higher rates won’t last forever.
Insurance companies find out about DUI by checking a driver’s record before selling or renewing a policy. Drivers are not legally obligated to inform their insurance company when they are convicted of DUI, and the insurer will not receive a notification from the state DMV. However, once a DUI is on a driving record, an insurance company is certain to find out about it, so it’s always best to upfront after being convicted.… read full answer
Whenever you’re looking to buy a new insurance policy or renew an existing one, the insurance company will check your Motor Vehicle Report (MVR), which is a report of your driving history from your state’s department of motor vehicles. Exactly when your insurance company will find out about your DUI depends on when and how often they run your record, but they’ll eventually see it. Your insurer will also find out about your DUI if you require an SR-22 or FR-44, which are state-issued forms that serve as verification of insurance for extremely high-risk drivers.
As tempting as it might be to keep quiet about your DUI conviction, you should contact your insurer to find out what to do moving forward. If your current insurance company decides not to renew your policy, you’ll need to look for high-risk coverage elsewhere. Since high-risk insurance costs more than a normal policy, it’s best to get as many quotes as possible. If you struggle to find a company that will insure you, you might need to temporarily get a policy through a nonstandard insurer or your state’s assigned-risk pool while your driving record improves.
To find out if you still need an SR-22, contact your local DMV office and ask if your SR-22 form has been filed for the required period of time. If it has, you can then contact your car insurance company and request that they remove your SR-22 filing with the state. Each state has its own requirements, but you usually only need an SR-22 for about … read full answerthree years.
You should never cancel your SR-22 filing if the DMV says you still need it. Doing so would result in penalties such as driver’s license suspension, vehicle registration suspension, and hefty fees. In addition, you would likely need to start the SR-22 filing period all over again.
In West Virginia, drivers need $25,000 of bodily injury liability insurance per person, up to $50,000 per accident, and $25,000 of property damage liability insurance. West Virginia requires uninsured motorist protection, which replaces the liability coverage an at-fault driver should’ve had and pays for your costs up to your policy limits. Coverage like MedPay or personal injury protection pays for medical expenses for you and your passengers, and MedPay is optional in West Virginia. PIP is not available.… read full answer
Here’s How Much Car Insurance Drivers Need in West Virginia:
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under West Virginia law. Lenders usually require comprehensive and collision insurance. Collision insurance covers repairs to your car when you hit another car or object. If the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than a collision—like a natural disaster, vandalism, falling objects, or animals—it is most likely covered by comprehensive insurance. You might also have to get gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan and what the vehicle is worth at the time of a total loss.
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