Geico insurance will go up by about 45% after your first accident resulting in a claim of $750 or more. If this is your second accident in less than three years, your insurance will go up at least twice as much, depending on the total cost of the claim. If you have more than two accidents in a three-year period, you can expect to pay 225% more. These surcharges will be in effect for three years after the claim.
Your rate won’t increase if the accident is not your fault and the other driver’s insurance pays for your claim, or if the damage is less than $750. Keep in mind that Geico also assigns points for other traffic offenses. A DUI conviction is three points, for example, and a speeding ticket of 20 MPH over the posted limit is one point. Your first accident resulting in a claim of $750 or more also gets one point. Your total number of points determines your final surcharge.
Will my Geico insurance go up after an accident if I...
No, if your claim is reimbursed by the other driver or their insurance company, the cost of your insurance will not go up. If you aren’t cited by law enforcement and the other driver is, your premium won’t be affected, either.
Use my Personal Injury Protection?
If you need PIP to cover your or your passengers’ medical bills but don’t need to use your liability or collision coverage, your rates won’t be affected.
Was involved in a hit and run?
A hit and run will not affect your rates as long as you file a police report with 24 hours.
Hit a deer?
Most comprehensive claims are considered beyond your control and do not count against you. But if you’ve filed another claim of any kind in the last three years, hitting a deer could raise your rates.
Was hit by flying or falling objects?
If gravel on the highway shatters your windshield or a tree branch lands on your car, it won’t increase your premium unless you’ve had another claim in the last three years.
Geico has two accident forgiveness programs, which waive the surcharge following an at-fault accident. The first works like a loyalty program for safe, long-time customers. To be eligible, you must have been insured by the company and accident-free for at least five years.
The second way to get accident forgiveness is to pay for it as supplemental coverage. Geico’s website says you still have to meet certain driving-record requirements to be able to buy accident forgiveness, but the rules and terms vary by state. You must also be 21 or older to qualify.
Ultimately, Geico’s policies mean your premiums might not be affected by a single accident if you stick with Geico over time. Since car insurance industry estimates show the average driver files a claim for a car accident about once every 18 years, it’s possible loyal customers’ premiums could never be affected by an accident with Geico.