If you need assigned risk insurance you need to know a few things.
ARAIP-PAIP-CAIP-AIP high risk-assigned auto insurance markets consists of licensed drivers unable to purchase auto insurance through the Voluntary Market due to a variety of factors, such as their driving history, accident history or status as a first-time driver. The mandated plans often charges rates in most states that does not consider credit, education, length of residency and other factors used by voluntary carriers. By design the plans operate as a last resort for licensed drivers that cannot obtain car insurance coverage elsewhere in the preferred or voluntary auto insurance marketplace.
Technically, in most states your insurer may cancel your policy only if:
you fail to pay your premium;
you lose your driver’s license;
you are guilty of material misrepresentation during the application process i.e., you fail to notify your insurer of a recorded violation, such as a drunken driving, or possession of drugs or any illegal activity offense; or you fail to report a substantial change of risk, such as buying a new high performance sports car to replace an old high mileage family sedan.
However, your insurer can choose not to renew your policy for a variety of reasons.
Do you have a bad driving record? Have you received a lot of speeding tickets? Have you ever been caught driving drunk? Not only are these scenarios considered unsafe and illegal, they are justifiable cause for your insurer to label you a bad risk and refuse to renew your policy. Some underwriters may feel compelled to cancel policies after only one accident.
Where do you live? Has the neighborhood changed in the last few years? Have the accident or crime rates risen noticeably?
As regions are reassessed periodically, their status could change and you could suddenly find yourself living in a higher risk area, where your insurer’s rates may not be adequate to cover losses.
What do I do if my auto insurer cancels or refuses to renew my policy? Quickly start comparing your options!
Even “good” drivers can find themselves in the position of being dropped by their current carrier. Reasons range from a couple of moving violations, or multiple accidents, or other serious violations that make you a high risk to situations outside your control, such as when insurers in your state are suffering severe business losses.
Overall rises in claims or losses can cause insurers to become highly selective in determining whom they can afford to offer to insure.
That is why it is important to note that if you are licensed to drive, by law, you are eligible for insurance. However, your options for new coverage may be limited. Each state has created and regulates a market of last resort for those who cannot otherwise obtain coverage. These groups have various names, depending on the state you live in, such as assigned risk auto insurance plans or the residual market, or the high risk pool. Your agent or insurance producer will know more about the particulars in your state.
Regardless of the reason you were dropped or canceled by your insurer, you need to act immediately to get another policy. Under no circumstance should you drive your vehicle without knowing one hundred percent that you have current insurance. Call your local agent to help you find new coverage. If you do find yourself in the assigned risk residual market pool, the price may be higher but it may be your only alternative in maintaining your freedom to drive.
How do I keep my company from canceling my policy?
The most obvious way to maintain your low risk status is to keep a clean driving record. If you’ve been in an accident, consider taking a defensive driving course. Even those of us who have been driving for years rarely know the simple tricks to preventing accidents through defensive driving.
Also, look into purchasing special safety and security features for your car, such as anti-lock brakes and an alarm system, or try OnStar. Your ARAIP insurance agent can give you further tips on how to convince your insurer you’re a safe driver.
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