Kansas drivers have a lot of insurance hazards to watch out for: flying monkeys, falling houses, witches… okay maybe not. But it’s still beneficial to know how insurance works in Kansas.
We’ll show you which types of coverage are legally required in Kansas, provide information about the cost of driving including average rates, and share some insights about insurance risk to help you protect yourself and your family.
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If you drive a vehicle registered in Kansas, you must maintain a minimum level of insurance coverage of 25/50/10. This means that you must have:
Kansas is one of the 12 US states that have a no-fault insurance system. In no-fault states, accident victims can collect benefits from their own insurance companies, regardless of whether the other party was insured. Liability coverage is meant to help pay for other peoples’ medical and repair bills if you're found at fault in a car accident. Personal Injury Protection coverage is intended to pay for your medical expenses after an accident, regardless of who was at fault.
In addition to the coverage above, Kansas requires drivers to purchase the following types and amounts of Personal Injury Protection coverage:
Any time you drive in Kansas, you must be prepared to show your car insurance identification card to law enforcement upon request. You will get this identification card from your car insurance company when you buy a policy. The card must include all of the following:
Driving without proof of insurance will result in a first offense fine of $300-$1,000 and/or up to six months in jail. Subsequent offenses within three years can result in a fine of $800-$2,500 fine and the suspension of your license.
If convicted of one of the following violations, an SR-22 is required:
Minimum coverage requirements of an SR-22:
Kansas state law requires an SR-22 filing for a minimum of 12 months. If a driver has a lapse in coverage before the 12-month minimum, the driver is required to renew the filing for another 12-month period.
Kansas bans novice drivers from using cell phones in any way while driving. All drivers in Kansas are prohibited from texting while driving. However, Kansas does not have a ban on the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
Kansas’s Implied Consent law requires that any driver submit to testing to determine the alcohol or drug content of their urine, breath, or blood when arrested by law enforcement for suspicion of driving while under the influence. Refuse the test and you’ll face the following penalties on top of those for a DUI:
If you drive or operate a motor vehicle in Kansas with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you are guilty of Driving While Under the Influence (DUI).
The penalties for a first offense DUI conviction are:
The penalties for a second offense DUI conviction are:
The penalties for a third offense DUI conviction are:
The penalties for a fourth offense DUI conviction are:
Children age 3 and under are required to be restrained in an approved child safety seat. From ages 4 to 7 years old, children are required to be restrained in an approved child safety seat or booster seat, unless:
Children 8 years old or older, children weighing more than 80 pounds, or children taller than 4 feet 9 inches are to wear seat belts.
Farm permits allow young people between ages 14 and 16 years old to legally drive, with no adult passenger supervising. Driving is restricted to or from the driver’s farm employment.
However, to obtain a driver’s license, a young driver must first apply for an instruction permit, must hold the instruction permit for 12 months, and log at least 50 hours of supervised driving with at least 10 of those hours taking place at night. Once these conditions are satisfied, they can take the driver’s test.
If they pass the test, a restricted license is issued. During their first six months of driving with their restricted license, drivers may have a maximum of one passenger in the car that isn’t a sibling (excluding parents or guardians). During this time, drivers with a restricted license cannot drive between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am.
Once a driver turns 16 1/2 and passes the final driving exam, a full license is granted, with full driving privileges.
For drivers in Kansas, the regular renewal cycle is every 6 years. For drivers 65 and over, renewal is every 4 years.
Kansas requires that all passengers 14-17 wear seat belts. Failure to do so carries with it a $60 maximum fine for a first offense. Passengers over 18 are only required to wear seat belts if they are in the front seat. Failure to do so carries a maximum fine of $10.
Car insurance in Kansas is much less expensive than the national average. In 2013 the average cost of auto insurance was $668.93 compared to the national average of $841.23. This ranks Kansas as the 39th most expensive state in the US.
The state of Kansas taxes gasoline at 24.03 cents per gallon and diesel fuel at 26.03 cents per gallon. This is in addition to the Federal fuel tax of 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline, and 24.4 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. The total tax on a gallon of regular fuel in Kansas is 42.43 cents. For diesel fuel, the total tax is 50.43 cents per gallon.
Data from 2012 estimates that 9.4% of drivers in Kansas are uninsured, which ranks Kansas 33rd nationally, significantly below the national average of 12.6%.
In 2014, Kansas recorded 385 traffic-related deaths, a 1% increase from the 350 in 2013.
In 2014 there were 6,906 reported vehicle thefts in Kansas (237.8 per 100,000 people), which was a 3.5% increase from 2013 which saw 6,671(230.4 per 100,000 people). The vehicle theft rate of 237.8 per 100,000 people is about the same as the national average of 216.2 per 100,000 in 2014.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau - Hot Wheels Report 2014
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