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Louisiana’s unique culture and geography is unlike any other state in the Union. Here at QuoteWizard, we’ve compiled useful insurance information from industry and government sources which you can use to find the car insurance that meets your unique needs.
This page will show you which types of coverage are legally required in Louisiana and inform you about important insurance laws. And it has both information about the cost of driving, and some insights about insurance risk in Louisiana. All to help protect you and your family.
How much is car insurance in Louisiana ? Residents shouldn't be surprised that average car insurance rates here are higher than the national average. New Orleans, LA is the second most expensive city in the country in terms of car insurance. The rest of the state doesn't fare much better. On average, auto insurance in Louisiana costs $1,231.77 per year compared to the national average of $889.01.
Prices may vary depending on your limits, coverage, and the number of claims filed in your zip code.
|Total Cost Per Year||$1,231.77|
|Price Per Month||$102.64|
|Source: Facts + Statistics: Auto insurance|
The graph below shows the change in average Louisiana rates from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Louisiana car insurance rates increased from $1,110 in 2011 to $1,231 in 2015, a jump of $121 dollars, or 10.91 percent.
If you’re like most people in Louisiana, car insurance is a must-have. But that doesn’t mean you should go with the first policy you come across.
You want insurance that’s reliable and fits your needs while also being affordable. To get that, you have to compare auto insurance quotes.
That can take some time if you do it yourself. With QuoteWizard, you can do it in seconds. Fill out our form and we’ll connect you to multiple top car insurance companies so you can compare rates and get the best coverage.
Last year, 58,583 people used QuoteWizard to compare auto insurance quotes in Louisiana from multiple companies to lower their rates.
Last year, these were the most common car insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Louisiana. Out of the 58,583 Louisiana drivers that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 6,820 had no car insurance.
These are the 10 most common vehicles owned by Louisiana drivers requesting car insurance quotes through QuoteWizard in the past year.
If you drive a vehicle registered in Louisiana, you must maintain a minimum level of insurance coverage of 15/30/25. This means you’re required to have:
If you’ve financed your car through a lender, they’ll require that you purchase collision and comprehensive coverage to protect their investment.
Louisiana has a higher than average rate of uninsured drivers. Areas with lots of uninsured drivers have higher insurance rates. On top of that, repair costs after an accident with an uninsured driver come out of your pocket. Fortunately, insurance companies can provide uninsured coverage in order to avoid this.
Consider buying coverage beyond a legal minimum policy. These plans only come with liability. Liability covers the other driver should you cause a crash but does nothing for your costs. Also, the cost of a serious crash can far exceed the dollar limit that minimum liability provides. Taking this into account, we recommend getting:
Any time you drive in Louisiana, you must be prepared to show proof of insurance to law enforcement upon request. You’ll need to have at least the minimum liability coverage required by the state to register your vehicle or renew registration. The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) verifies insurance electronically when you buy a car from a dealer or renew your registration online. If you buy a car from a private party, renew your license in person at the OMV, or transfer an out-of-state title you’ll need to provide proof of insurance. You'll get this identification card from your car insurance company when you buy a policy.
Proof of insurance may include any of the following:
Failure to provide proof of insurance to law enforcement can result in any of the following:
The state of Louisiana has enacted legislation known as the “No Pay, No Play” law. This law limits what uninsured drivers can collect for damages sustained in accidents regardless of who was at fault.
This law prohibits uninsured motorists from receiving:
Passengers aren’t subject to this law and can collect full damages unless they were riding in an uninsured vehicle they owned.
This law does not apply if the other driver:
Louisiana residents that have had their driver’s license suspended due to drunk driving convictions, reckless driving, driving uninsured or other violations may be required to file an SR-22 form. “SR” stands for safety responsibility and it certifies that a driver can prove future responsibility.
Louisiana state law requires that an SR-22 be carried for 3 years. Subsequent violations could result in additional penalties.
To combat distracted driving on state roadways, Louisiana has enacted legislation that limits driver use of cell phones and electronic communication devices.
These limitations include:
Louisiana’s Implied Consent law requires drivers to submit to tests when arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). These tests determine the alcohol or drug content of your blood, breath, or urine. Refuse the test and you’ll face the following penalties in addition to the penalties for a DWI:
It’s illegal to drive or operate a motor vehicle in the state of Louisiana if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. The BAC limits are even lower for minors under 21 and commercial drivers. This law also makes it illegal to drive when you’re under the influence of drugs like marijuana, barbiturates, amphetamines, or tranquilizers.
The penalties for a first offense DWI conviction in Louisiana are:
The penalties for a second offense DWI conviction in Louisiana are:
The penalties for a third offense DWI conviction in Louisiana are:
The penalties for a fourth offense DWI conviction in Louisiana are:
If you kill someone while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could face up to 20 years in prison.
In 2014, Louisiana reported 7,977 arrests for driving under the influence.
Louisiana has few special provisions for senior drivers, but all drivers are required to renew their driver license every 4 years. Once a driver turns 70 they must renew their license in person and can no longer renew their licenses by mail.
Louisiana requires the use of seat belts for all drivers and passengers 13 years of age and older riding in motor vehicles. Passengers younger than 13 are required to be restrained according to the state’s child restraint law. The maximum fine for seat belt violations is $25.
In 2012, Louisiana reported that 54 percent of drivers killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.
When you drive a vehicle in Louisiana that’s required to be registered in another state, you must have the type of insurance required by that state. You must be able to provide proof of this insurance to law enforcement if requested.
In 2012 it was estimated that 13.9% of drivers on Louisiana roads had no car insurance. This number is just above the national average of 12.6% and ranks Louisiana 16th in the nation for uninsured motorists.
Louisiana had 9,891 vehicle thefts reported in 2014, a 7.9% increase compared to 2013 when 9,165 vehicles were reported stolen. In 2014, the vehicle theft rate was 212.7 per 100,000, a increase of 7.4% from the 2013 rate of 198 per 100,000.
The vehicle theft rate in Louisiana is identical to the overall US vehicle theft rate, which was 216.2 per 100,000 in 2014.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau - Hot Wheels Report 2014
|3||8.6%||Geico (Berkshire Hathaway)|
|5||5.2%||Southern Farm Bureau|
|9||1.6%||Integon National Group|
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