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Massachusetts Car Insurance

Car Insurance Rates in MA

^ From 2006 to 2010, Massachusetts cities had the 11th highest auto insurance rates in the nation. [2]

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Cars Insured in MA

^ Massachusetts ranked 16th of all U.S. states in total auto insurance policies in 2011. [1]

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Car Insurance in Massachusetts

Car Insurance Liability Requirements in Massachusetts

  • Minimum Liability Limits in MA: 20/40/5 [4]
    • 20  Required coverage up to $20,000 for one individual injured in an accident
    • 40  Required coverage up to $40,000 for all persons injured in an accident
    • 5  Required coverage up to $5,000 for property damage in an accident
    • Note: These amounts are the minimum required by the law. Drivers may opt to purchase auto insurance above the mandatory minimums.

Required Car Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts

Required Car Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts
  • Auto Insurance Coverage Requirements in MA [4]
    • Bodily injury liability coverage
    • Property damage liability coverage
    • Uninsured motorist coverage
    • Underinsured motorist coverage
    • Personal injury protection coverage

Car Insurance Verification Laws in Massachusetts

  • Insurer Verification of Auto Insurance in MA [4]
    • Insurer must notify Department of Motor Vehicles or other state agency of cancellation or nonrenewal.
    • Insurers must submit entire list of insurance in effect, which may be compared with registrations at a state agency. Also known as a computer data law.

Massachusetts Car Insurance Facts, Estimates & Related Laws

Massachusetts Car Insurance Facts

Massachusetts Car Insurance Facts, Estimates & Related Laws
  • Average Car Insurance Rates in MA
    • Massachusetts had the 12th highest auto insurance rates in the nation in 2010. [2]
    • Rates in MA ranked 13th in the nation in 2009. [2]
    • In 2008, MA had the 13th highest rates in the country. [2]
  • Number of Auto Insurance Policies in MA
    • Massachusetts ranked 16th in the nation in auto insurance policies in 2011 with a total of 4,256,127. [1]
  • Uninsured Motorist Rate in MA
    • The uninsured motorist rate in MA ranked 50th in the nation in 2009. [3]

Massachusetts Distracted Driving Laws

  • Hand-held phone ban? No
  • Texting-while-driving ban? Yes
    • Texting-while-driving ban in place for all drivers. [7]
  • Young drivers cell phone ban? Yes
    • Ban applies to drivers younger than 18. [7]
  • Bus driver cell phone ban? Yes
    • Ban applies to school bus drivers and passenger bus drivers. [7]
  • Enforcement of laws:
    • Primary enforcement in effect. [7]
    • With primary enforcement, a police officer can pull over a driver for that specific offense.
    • Under a primary law, a police officer can stop a driver for that specific offense. Under a secondary law, an officer must stop a driver for a primary offense before ticketing for the secondary offense.

Massachusetts Automotive Laws

  • Safety Belt Laws in MA
    • Safety belt laws have been in place since 1994 and apply to drivers/passengers 13+ years in all seats. [7]
    • Child restraint law in place for 7 years and younger and less than 57 inches. [7]
  • Motorcycle Helmet Laws in MA
    • Motorcycle helmets required for all riders. [7]
  • Driver's License Renewal Cycle in MA
    • Renewal cycle: 5 years [7]

Massachusetts Auto & Driver Facts

Massachusetts Automotive Facts

Massachusetts Auto & Driver Facts
  • Speed Limits in MA
    • Rural interstates: 65 mph [7]
    • Urban interstates: 65 mph [7]
    • Other roads: 55 mph [7]
  • Motor Fuel Consumption in MA
    • Massachusetts cities collectively ranked 21st in the nation in total motor fuel consumption in 2011. [9]

Massachusetts Licensed Drivers

  • Licensed Drivers in MA [10]
    • Total Drivers: 4,683,323
    • Female: 2,369,052
    • Male: 2,314,271
    • MA has the 15th most drivers in the U.S.
  • Minimum Driving Age in MA [5]
    • Massachusetts has a minimum driving age of 16 years.

Massachusetts Auto Registrations

  • Auto Registrations in MA [8]
    • Registered Cars: 3,180,009
    • Registered Trucks: 2,344,721
    • Registered Motorcycles: 159,007
    • Total Registrations: 5,695,327
    • Rank: Massachusetts ranked 15th in the United States in total auto registrations in 2011.

Additional information about Massachusetts

About Massachusetts

Massachusetts has a population of approximately 6,547,629, which ranks 14th in the U.S. among all states. [6]

MA Car Insurance

More about Massachusetts auto insurance

For more information about auto insurance in MA, or for additional resources regarding Massachusetts car insurance, visit the Massachusetts Department of Insurance.

Did you know?

Only three states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire) currently have no motorcycle helmet law at all.


1. ^ Automobile Insurance Plans Service Office (AIPSO)

2. ^ National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

3. ^ Insurance Research Council (IRC)

4. ^ Insurance Information Institute (III)

5. ^ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

6. ^ United States Census Bureau

7. ^ IIHS & Highway Loss Data Institute

8. ^ Office of Highway Policy Information

9. ^ U.S. Department of Transportation

10. ^ Federal Highway Administration

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