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Why is My Car Insurance Increasing?

March 26, 2024 | Jany Martinez Ward
Why is My Car Insurance Increasing?

If you're a driver in Florida, you might have noticed a significant hit to your wallet regarding car insurance premiums. And you're not alone. Auto insurance rates have been steadily climbing, with Florida leading the pack as one of the most expensive states for car insurance in the entire country.

According to recent data, Floridians are facing a whopping 24% increase in car insurance premiums compared to last year. That's a significant jump, especially considering the national average increase is 20%. So why is there such a steep rise in insurance costs?

Several factors contribute to Florida's skyrocketing car insurance rates. One major culprit is the state's propensity for extreme weather events, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. These natural disasters lead to more accidents and drive up the cost of repairs, resulting in higher premiums for drivers across the state.

But it's not just the weather that's to blame. Florida also has a high rate of litigated car accident claims, which can drive up costs for insurers. Additionally, the rising cost of auto parts and labor further exacerbates the problem, making it even more expensive to repair vehicles after an accident.

So, what can you do to mitigate the impact of these rising insurance costs? One option is to enroll in automatic payments through your bank account, which can help avoid extra service fees charged by insurance companies.

Additionally, improving your credit score can lead to lower premiums, as insurers often use credit scores to determine rates.

And if you have teen drivers in your household, encouraging them to maintain good grades can also help you qualify for discounts.

While Florida's car insurance premiums are clearly on the rise, there may be some relief on the horizon. Recent studies suggest that auto insurance rates may start to stabilize in 2024, providing much-needed relief for drivers across the state.

In the meantime, it is essential to explore all available options for saving on car insurance and advocate for policies that address the underlying issues driving up costs.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel recently delved into major auto insurers' rate filings with the Office of Insurance Regulation and uncovered some alarming trends.

Almost all of the largest carriers have implemented steep rate increases over the past year, which have hurt Florida drivers' wallets.

For example, the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), which insures over 1 million vehicles in Florida, has raised rates three times since August 2022, with total increases ranging from 33.9% to a staggering 57.3% across its various lines of insurance.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., which insures 2.9 million vehicles in Florida, has also implemented three rate hikes this year, totaling 30.2 percentage points. Similarly, Progressive, which covers more than 3.3 million vehicles in the state, has implemented four increases since July 2022, totaling more than 30 percentage points.

Liberty Mutual and Geico General Insurance Co. have also contributed to the trend. Liberty Mutual's three increases since June 2022 have resulted in average premium hikes of 44.3%, and Geico's two rate hikes since July 2022 total 23.8 percentage points for its 2.5 million Florida vehicles.

 Even Auto Club South, or AAA, has proposed increasing rates for members of its "legacy" brand by a staggering 39.7% over two years.

When questioned about these sharp increases, spokespersons for several companies cited similar factors, including high inflation, material shortages, and high labor costs.

Andrew Fernath, a spokesperson for USAA, emphasized that their company caters exclusively to veterans and their families, offering many personal discount opportunities that are not reflected in state filings.

These revelations shed light on the complex landscape of car insurance in Florida, where drivers grapple with soaring premiums amid economic challenges and industry dynamics beyond their control.

As we navigate these times, it's more important than ever for drivers to stay informed, explore all available options for savings, and advocate for policies prioritizing affordability and accessibility.

In addition to the challenges facing drivers nationwide, Florida motorists are grappling with unique circumstances exacerbating the already steep costs of auto insurance.

One significant factor is Florida's status as the fourth-highest state regarding vehicle theft rates. In 2022 alone, Floridians lost nearly 46,000 vehicles to theft, representing a 6% increase over the previous year.

Moreover, claims fraud levels are alarmingly high in Florida, particularly in regions like South Florida, where staged accidents are prevalent and windshield replacement scams are widespread across the state.

The prevalence of lawsuits stemming from these fraudulent activities is staggering, with the number of lawsuits related to glass replacement schemes expected to surpass previous records. Despite recent legal reforms to curb such abuses, Florida grapples with over 50,000 monthly lawsuits from drivers.

Florida also faces high crash and fatality rates, along with a disturbingly high number of deadly hit-and-run incidents. Additionally, the state has a significant problem with uninsured drivers, with over 20% of Florida drivers lacking insurance coverage. This poses a significant financial burden on insured drivers, who ultimately bear the costs when uninsured motorists are involved in accidents.

Furthermore, rising medical treatment costs for accident victims and the increasing frequency of severe weather events, such as hurricanes, further compound the challenges faced by Florida drivers.

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Jany Martinez Ward

Jany Martínez-Ward is a Founding and Managing Partner of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She focuses her practice on providing legal representation to Hispanic clients that have become injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence of others. In 2018, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Jany as one of the top attorneys in the state and among the top 40 under 40 attorneys.


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