Last Updated on September 29, 2020 by Andrew Lee
In the State of New Mexico, you cannot register a motor vehicle unless you provide proof that you have the proper auto insurance coverage. And when you drive an unregistered vehicle, you can expect the authorities to charge you with a violation that will most likely lead to quite serious penalties. This is why you should never undermine the value of carrying a New Mexico car insurance policy. To help you understand better its importance, here are some of the most crucial facts you need to know about them.
The average cost of car insurance in New Mexico
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) claims that the average person pays roughly $722.66 for car insurance in New Mexico each year.
They broke this figure down to:
$464.51 is the average annual liability insurance expenditure.
$261.94 is the average annual collision insurance expenditure.
$162.39 is the average annual comprehensive insurance expenditure.
Young Drivers in New Mexico
Experience is one of the biggest influencers of auto insurance premiums. Our case study backs this up, as it discovered that young drivers in the Cactus State can expect their yearly premiums to have averages of:
- $932 for state minimum coverage
- $1812.8 for basic full coverage
- $2495.6 for premium full coverage
Teens and those new to the road face higher rates because statistics continue to show they have remain to have the highest likelihood of getting involved in road accidents. They also have the tendency of committing traffic violations. Nevertheless, a young driver living in Clovis with an estimated population of 39,480 (2015, latest data), can still pay as low as $43/month.
Female Drivers in New Mexico
A female driver can expect the following yearly premium averages:
- $473.6 for state minimum coverage
- $922.4 for basic full coverage
- $1288 for premium full coverage
With our case study’s methodology, we found that women in NM have much lower insurance costs than teens and new drivers. How much your individual quotes will still depend on many different factors though, particularly your age, driving record and experience, as well as the type of car you will insure.
Senior Drivers in New Mexico
We found that senior drivers can have the following premium averages:
- $466 for state minimum coverage
- $871.2 for basic full coverage
- $1185.6 for premium full coverage
Minimum car insurance requirements
New Mexico residents who would like to have their motor vehicles registered first need to obtain a liability insurance policy. This legal requirement protects motorists from legal liabilities, in the event that they cause an unfortunate road traffic incident. It helps pay for bodily injury to others as well as property damage.
To ensure that you comply with the state laws, make sure your policy consists of the following coverage minimums: a $25,000 coverage for bodily injury/person (including deaths), a $50,000 coverage for total bodily injury/accident (including fatalities), and a $10,000 coverage for property damage.
Note that technically, car insurance laws in NM also mandate motor vehicle owners and operators to purchase the uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. You have the choice not to, though. However, you should indicate it in writing that you opted out of any of these two coverage types.
Although the law only obligates motorists to have the coverage minimums listed above, you should consider expanding your policy to make way for the other useful types of insurance coverage. You can talk to your insurance company about the following options you have: collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, medical payments coverage, as well as towing and labor coverage.
Violations and penalties
For first time violators, expect the authorities to charge you with a fine of up to $300. You may also have to face jail time of up to 90 days. Quite a number of motorists caught driving without the proper insurance coverage had to pay a fine as well as surrender themselves for imprisonment. You may also have to wait for a specified period of time before you can have the suspension of your motor vehicle registration lifted.
Get caught for the second time and you would have to deal with more severe penalties. For instance, even when your policy has just recently expired, you need to hand over both your driver’s license and your automobile registration. Failure to do so will just lead to more penalties. A fine of up to $1,000 will also apply. The authorities may also charge you with an imprisonment term of up to 6 months.
Driving safety in New Mexico
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 91% of motorists and front-seat passengers in New Mexico use seatbelts – a number higher than the 86% national average.
The National Highway Safety Administration assessment of driving fatalities in 2015 showed that 298 cases happened in NM. 33% (98 cases) were due to alcohol-impaired driving.
The CDC also rated the state’s overall vehicle occupant death at 11.1 per 100,000 residents.
Judging from the New Mexico car insurance facts discussed above, you should already recognize the risks of not carrying a policy when you operate a registered vehicle. Besides, you don’t want to have the pressure of financial liabilities in the event you get involved in an accident, especially one you caused and resulted in other people getting hurt.