Kelly Osbourne: I would like to know the minimum auto liability limits for drivers in Alaska and other states. What is financial responsibility and which states have that?

Response: Alaska and Maine mandate the highest minimum auto liability limits for drivers within each state. Both require drivers maintain at least 50/100/25 limits. Florida and Louisiana (but only through 2009) allow the lowest minimum auto liability limits at 10/20/10; however Louisiana is raising its minimum limits to 15/30/25 effective January 1, 2020. (One major difference between Florida and Louisiana is “No Fault” status; Florida is a personal injury protection (PIP) state where Louisiana is a compulsory liability state.)

The remaining states fall in between these two extremes with the two most common minimum limit requirements being 25/50/10 and 25/50/25 – both applicable in 12 states each. The most unusual minimum limit requirement may be that of Ohio at 12.5/25/7.5. Further, two states require their insureds carry only $5,000 in property damage protection. Auto liability limits are anything but rational or consistent throughout the country.

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia maintain compulsory liability insurance requirements. New Hampshire will be the sole remaining voluntary financial responsibility state once Wisconsin’s compulsory liability law takes effect June 1, 2020. Although not a compulsory liability state, New Hampshire is a compulsory uninsured motorist coverage state.

You need to ensure that you have the correct auto insurance coverage. Review auto insurance policy  once you get it and compare auto insurance coverages especially the liablity coverage to see if it meets the required State limits.

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