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Welcome to the home state of the Buckeyes! Chances are you have moved here because you are not a fan of Michigan. Okay, maybe that is not the only reason, but hopefully, that is part of it. Go Bucks!
Baseball and cars are two popular things in Ohio. The first professional baseball team, Cincinnati Reds, are from Ohio. Akron is known as the rubber capital of the world with big tire companies like Goodrich, Goodyear, and Firestone setting up their plants in Akron.
No matter the reason you are in Ohio, you will need insurance on your vehicles. We will cover the ins and outs of Ohio insurance.
We look at which companies write in your state and the different coverages you can get. We will also cover rates for different demographics, counties, and other factors taken into consideration with receiving a rate.
Insurance can be a hard thing to understand, that is why we are here. We have done the research and want to help you find the cheapest, best insurance for your needs.
We make it so easy that you can even get a quote above. Just enter your zip code to use of free online comparison tool.
Ohio Car Insurance Coverage and Rates
First up is coverage and rates. How much insurance is required? Who costs the most to insure? We will answer those questions and more below.
We will also cover some additional coverages you can add to your policy to make sure you are fully covered in the case of a claim.
Ohio’s Car Culture
Luxury cars and pick up trucks are the vehicles of choice in Ohio. While football is a huge part of Ohio state culture, car racing is becoming a bigger sport.
There are over 100 race tracks in Ohio. Some tracks, like Mid-Ohio, are home to Nascar and Indy car races.
Ohio State Minimum Coverage
If you own a vehicle and drive in Ohio, you must have insurance or proof of financial responsibility. Financial responsibility is the duty to be able to pay for a loss in the event of a claim. Carrying an insurance policy is the most common form of financial responsibility.
If you obtain an insurance policy, you are required to carry at least the minimum limits. Minimum limits in Ohio are as follows:
- $25,000 bodily injury per person
- $50,000 bodily injury for two or more persons per accident
- $25,000 property damage per accident
Liability limits payout when you are found at fault. Liability pays out for the damages and injury you are held liable, so this coverage pays out for the OTHER party involved who was found not at fault.
Remember, these limits are the minimum required amount needed to be legal on the road. It is wise to buy more insurance because if you are in an accident once your limits have been exhausted you could be held liable for the remaining amount.
If you were in a serious accident involving the luxury cars Ohio drivers prefer, you would need a lot more coverage than the minimum limits.
Forms of Financial Responsibility
Insurance policy is one form of financial responsibility, but what are other ways? Ohio insurance website has the following listed on their website:
Ohio law allows for the following alternatives to automobile insurance:
• A certificate issued by the BMV, after proper application and approval, indicating that money or government bonds in the amount of $30,000 is on deposit with the Ohio Treasurer
• A certificate of bond issued by the BMV, after proper application and approval, in the amount of $30,000 signed by two (2) individuals who own real estate having equity of at least $60,000
• A certificate of self-insurance issued by the BMV, after proper application and approval, to those with more than 25 motor vehicles registered in their name or a company’s name
• A $30,000 bond issued by an authorized surety or insurance company
You must show proof of an insurance policy, whether an ID card or electronic card on your smart device. If you chose to have a certificate, you must show that certificate.
You must show the above-mentioned proof at any traffic stop or court appearance. Out of Ohio drivers, 15 percent drive with no insurance.
If you chose to drive without insurance, you could face serious penalties. We will discuss those more under the Ohio state law section.
Premiums as a Percentage of Income
So how much is insurance can take out of your paycheck?
|Insurance as %|
of Income 2014
|Insurance as %|
of Income 2013
|Insurance as %
of Income 2012
The state of Ohio a less percentage for insurance than the average United States driver.
If you want to plug in your specific numbers, you can use our free percentage calculator below.
Ohio Core Coverage
We know to drive legally you must minimum required liability limits. A lot of drivers also chose to have collision and comprehensive coverages as well. If you chose to have all three coverages, it is considered to be combined coverage or full coverage.
Comprehensive and collision are coverages used to protect your vehicle. If you have a lien on your car and making payments, most lienholders require this coverage since it covers the car. Some will even set a certain deductible limit you must have.
|Coverage Type:||Annual Costs in 2015:|
Additional liability coverages are available to add to your policy.
Medical payments is a coverage used to pay for medical bills or funeral bills for anyone in the vehicle at the time of the loss. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage are just as they sound. They are coverages you can use if you are involved in an accident that the other person does not have any or enough coverage.
Ohio is ranked 22 out of all the states for uninsured drivers. Due to this fact, drivers in Ohio should strongly consider purchases underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage.
|Medical Payments (MedPay)||77%||76%||77%|
|Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Payments||58%||57%||61%|
Loss ratio is a good indicator of whether or not an insurance company is financially stable. Loss ratio simply means the ratio between premium earned and premium paid out for claims. So, if a company has a 50 percent loss ratio, that means they received $100,000 in premiums and paid $50,000 out in claims.
If your ratio is too high, this means the company is not making money. If too low, they may have overpriced their policies. In the event of a loss, you want a stable company that is able to pay out for your covered loss.
Add-ons, Endorsements, and Riders
There are many additional coverages you can add to your auto policy. We have taken a list of the most common. Always look over available coverages and speak to an agent about what coverages you may need.
- Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP)
- Personal Umbrella Policy (PUP)
- Rental Reimbursement
- Emergency Roadside Assistance
- Mechanical Breakdown Insurance
- Non-Owner Car Insurance
- Modified Car Insurance Coverage
- Classic Car Insurance
- Pay-As-You-Drive or Usage-Based Insurance
Rates by Demographics
So who pays more for insurance? I think most people, especially parents, know young drivers cost the most. When you add a young, inexperienced driver on your policy it will go up a lot.
|Company||Married 35-year old female||Married 35-year old male||Married 60-year old female||Married 60-year old male||Single 17-year old female||Single 17-year old male||Single 25-year old female||Single 25-year old male|
|American Family Mutual||$943.84||$980.06||$862.73||$866.82||$2,911.29||$3,161.47||$1,166.31||$1,228.84|
|Farmers Ins of Columbus||$1,814.67||$1,810.78||$1,598.65||$1,686.60||$8,004.71||$8,312.21||$2,032.84||$2,123.65|
|Safeco Ins Co of IL||$2,067.94||$2,258.05||$1,589.89||$1,934.44||$10,791.30||$12,192.16||$2,199.81||$2,404.29|
|State Farm Mutual Auto||$1,505.94||$1,505.94||$1,347.85||$1,347.85||$4,698.43||$5,902.29||$1,749.20||$2,005.47|
|Discover Prop & Cas Ins Co||$1,444.26||$1,466.30||$1,434.68||$1,427.12||$6,234.90||$9,849.32||$1,505.60||$1,719.12|
Cheapest Rates by Zip Code
Your zip code can also determine your rate. Take a look below and see where your zip code lands on the lists.
|25 Most Expensive Zip Codes in Ohio||City||Average by Zip Code||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Rate|
|43224||COLUMBUS||$3,667.48||Progressive||$5,629.87||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||USAA||$1,677.82||American Family||$1,735.02|
|43608||TOLEDO||$3,629.84||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,702.48||USAA||$1,752.21||American Family||$1,917.02|
|43211||COLUMBUS||$3,608.65||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Progressive||$5,260.21||USAA||$1,602.45||American Family||$1,820.61|
|43610||TOLEDO||$3,603.68||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,702.66||USAA||$1,752.21||American Family||$1,916.61|
|43620||TOLEDO||$3,562.98||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,675.36||USAA||$1,752.21||American Family||$1,894.20|
|45225||CINCINNATI||$3,553.80||Liberty Mutual||$5,279.24||Progressive||$5,142.08||USAA||$1,615.82||American Family||$1,879.15|
|45214||CINCINNATI||$3,546.86||Liberty Mutual||$5,279.24||Progressive||$4,932.49||USAA||$1,773.59||American Family||$1,914.64|
|44510||YOUNGSTOWN||$3,534.06||Liberty Mutual||$5,196.76||Farmers||$4,590.33||American Family||$1,776.30||USAA||$1,871.55|
|44104||CLEVELAND||$3,529.50||Liberty Mutual||$5,411.26||Progressive||$4,557.19||USAA||$1,623.13||American Family||$1,841.35|
|44502||YOUNGSTOWN||$3,525.99||Liberty Mutual||$5,196.76||Farmers||$4,548.25||American Family||$1,769.59||USAA||$1,871.55|
|43604||TOLEDO||$3,517.76||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,431.29||USAA||$1,752.21||American Family||$1,854.68|
|44503||YOUNGSTOWN||$3,516.11||Liberty Mutual||$5,196.76||Farmers||$4,541.42||American Family||$1,769.59||USAA||$1,871.55|
|44504||YOUNGSTOWN||$3,514.38||Liberty Mutual||$5,196.76||Farmers||$4,585.91||American Family||$1,623.63||USAA||$1,871.55|
|45205||CINCINNATI||$3,513.17||Liberty Mutual||$5,279.24||Progressive||$4,572.49||USAA||$1,773.59||American Family||$1,896.43|
|43203||COLUMBUS||$3,511.66||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Progressive||$4,524.21||USAA||$1,602.45||American Family||$1,832.09|
|43609||TOLEDO||$3,508.26||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,427.34||USAA||$1,632.21||American Family||$1,854.68|
|43219||COLUMBUS||$3,507.34||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Progressive||$4,346.93||USAA||$1,485.99||American Family||$1,788.00|
|44506||YOUNGSTOWN||$3,500.25||Liberty Mutual||$5,196.76||Farmers||$4,531.75||American Family||$1,764.69||USAA||$1,871.55|
|44507||YOUNGSTOWN||$3,497.59||Liberty Mutual||$5,196.76||Farmers||$4,608.03||American Family||$1,779.08||USAA||$1,871.55|
|43612||TOLEDO||$3,496.23||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,371.09||USAA||$1,690.58||American Family||$1,827.44|
|43605||TOLEDO||$3,483.76||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Farmers||$4,343.36||American Family||$1,663.32||USAA||$1,690.58|
|45219||CINCINNATI||$3,477.52||Liberty Mutual||$5,279.24||Farmers||$4,641.51||USAA||$1,713.89||American Family||$1,879.84|
|44127||CLEVELAND||$3,472.34||Liberty Mutual||$5,411.26||Farmers||$4,386.64||USAA||$1,623.13||American Family||$1,821.20|
|44103||CLEVELAND||$3,469.12||Liberty Mutual||$5,411.26||Farmers||$4,241.90||USAA||$1,623.13||American Family||$1,841.35|
|43205||COLUMBUS||$3,462.57||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Progressive||$4,216.52||USAA||$1,547.76||American Family||$1,781.09|
|25 Least Expensive Zip Codes in Ohio||City||Average by Zip Codes||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Rate|
|44883||TIFFIN||$2,325.38||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,831.42||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,360.24|
|45840||FINDLAY||$2,340.63||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||USAA||$1,357.45||American Family||$1,374.49|
|44861||OLD FORT||$2,355.45||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,101.73||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,362.16|
|45816||BENTON RIDGE||$2,360.76||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,272.61||USAA||$1,357.45|
|44820||BUCYRUS||$2,362.24||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$2,961.66||American Family||$1,346.67||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44830||FOSTORIA||$2,366.68||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$2,942.53||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,332.01|
|43351||UPPER SANDUSKY||$2,367.88||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$2,847.94||American Family||$1,329.32||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44809||BASCOM||$2,376.36||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,205.79||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,317.91|
|43330||KIRBY||$2,377.02||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,022.97||American Family||$1,353.85||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44845||MELMORE||$2,377.03||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$3,100.88||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,329.07|
|45875||OTTAWA||$2,380.80||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,363.80||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44828||FLAT ROCK||$2,385.20||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,134.66||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,362.08|
|44802||ALVADA||$2,385.94||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,317.91||USAA||$1,357.45|
|44817||BLOOMDALE||$2,386.88||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$3,032.81||American Family||$1,291.40||USAA||$1,357.45|
|44827||CRESTLINE||$2,389.32||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Allstate||$2,935.13||American Family||$1,315.21||USAA||$1,380.40|
|45891||VAN WERT||$2,391.83||Liberty Mutual||$3,639.93||Nationwide||$2,910.25||USAA||$1,380.40||American Family||$1,434.97|
|43316||CAREY||$2,393.94||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$2,996.09||American Family||$1,353.85||USAA||$1,380.40|
|45815||BELMORE||$2,396.47||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,276.62||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44853||NEW RIEGEL||$2,396.49||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,084.43||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,385.92|
|45877||PANDORA||$2,397.00||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,317.31||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44844||MC CUTCHENVILLE||$2,404.82||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$3,045.60||American Family||$1,329.07||USAA||$1,380.40|
|45889||VAN BUREN||$2,406.02||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,272.61||USAA||$1,357.45|
|44836||GREEN SPRINGS||$2,408.82||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,170.31||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,362.16|
|43323||HARPSTER||$2,409.21||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,026.73||American Family||$1,329.32||USAA||$1,380.40|
|44854||NEW WASHINGTON||$2,409.32||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,064.02||American Family||$1,373.19||USAA||$1,380.40|
Cheapest Rates by City
We have also taken that information and broken it down by city.
|10 Most Expensive Cities in Ohio||Average by City||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Rate|
|Youngstown||$3,471.04||Liberty Mutual||$5,116.26||Farmers||$4,491.06||American Family||$1,720.93||USAA||$1,834.62|
|Toledo||$3,462.84||Liberty Mutual||$5,528.64||Farmers||$4,373.06||USAA||$1,682.66||American Family||$1,747.29|
|Blacklick Estates||$3,449.06||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Progressive||$4,254.54||American Family||$1,696.72||USAA||$1,699.83|
|Bexley||$3,433.05||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Travelers||$4,212.62||USAA||$1,705.29||American Family||$1,776.08|
|Beachwood||$3,397.39||Liberty Mutual||$5,411.26||Farmers||$4,311.60||USAA||$1,623.13||American Family||$1,633.38|
|Ottawa Hills||$3,396.30||Liberty Mutual||$5,604.95||Nationwide||$4,141.77||USAA||$1,632.21||American Family||$1,664.03|
|Cleveland||$3,395.66||Liberty Mutual||$5,411.26||Farmers||$4,164.61||USAA||$1,622.29||American Family||$1,765.02|
|Columbus||$3,340.94||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.27||Travelers||$4,153.84||USAA||$1,551.12||American Family||$1,683.71|
|Bridgetown||$3,314.15||Liberty Mutual||$5,279.24||Progressive||$4,179.06||USAA||$1,710.83||American Family||$1,823.10|
|Cincinnati||$3,303.69||Liberty Mutual||$5,126.55||Progressive||$4,086.64||USAA||$1,617.73||American Family||$1,784.34|
|10 Least Expensive Cities in Ohio||Average by City||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Rate|
|Bettsville||$2,325.38||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,831.42||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,360.24|
|Findlay||$2,340.63||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||USAA||$1,357.45||American Family||$1,374.49|
|Old Fort||$2,355.45||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,101.73||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,362.16|
|Benton Ridge||$2,360.75||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Nationwide||$2,970.73||American Family||$1,272.61||USAA||$1,357.45|
|Bucyrus||$2,362.24||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$2,961.66||American Family||$1,346.67||USAA||$1,380.40|
|Fostoria||$2,366.68||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$2,942.53||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,332.01|
|Upper Sandusky||$2,367.88||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$2,847.94||American Family||$1,329.32||USAA||$1,380.40|
|Bascom||$2,376.36||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,205.79||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,317.91|
|Kirby||$2,377.02||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Farmers||$3,022.97||American Family||$1,353.85||USAA||$1,380.40|
|Melmore||$2,377.03||Liberty Mutual||$3,357.16||Progressive||$3,100.88||USAA||$1,301.36||American Family||$1,329.07|
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Best Ohio Car Insurance Companies
You know you need insurance, now where do you get it? In this next section we are going to take a look at the insurance companies that do business in Ohio.
When you do a google search for insurance companies in any state you get a lengthy list of various companies. How do you really know which one will work for you and your needs? We are going to see which companies are better for certain rating factors and which ones have the best customer service and financial ratings.
So sit back and enjoy an OSU game or head out to watch some car racing.
The Largest Companies Financial Rating
Who is AM Best? You can find on their website the following:
AM Best is the only global credit rating agency with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Best’s Credit Ratings, which are issued through A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc., are a recognized indicator of insurer financial strength and creditworthiness.
So we took the top ten largest companies in Ohio and found their rating.
|Company||AM Best Rating||Direct Premium||Loss Ratio||Market Share|
|State Farm Group||A++||$1,316,297||64.59%||19.69%|
|Allstate Insurance Group||A+||$687,527||51.79%||10.29%|
|American Family Insurance Group||A||$176,153||57.43%||2.64%|
|Erie Insurance Group||A+||$222,863||65.38%||3.33%|
|Grange Mutual Casualty Group||A||$344,399||60.74%||5.15%|
|Liberty Mutual Group||A||$315,308||58.71%||4.72%|
|Nationwide Corp Group||A+||$536,768||60.88%||8.03%|
Luckily, for Ohioans, the largest companies all carry an A or higher rating.
Companies with Best Ratings
Financial ratings aren’t the only thing to look at when trying to find a company. We also took a look at customer service.
Customer service is a huge factor for most consumers. You may like your company’s price, but there are times some would stay with a company due to their excellent customer service even with a price increase.
JD Power uses real consumers to get their opinion and candidness on how products and companies are doing.
Companies with Most Complaints in Ohio
If you are not satisfied with your insurer, you can make a complaint with the state insurance department. Complaints are then compiled into a ratio of complaint per one million dollars of premium.
|Company||2013 Written Premiums||Market Share (%)||2013 Complaint Ratio|
Cheapest Companies in Ohio
We took the top ten insurance companies in Ohio and compared rates for different rating factors.
|Company||Average||Compared to State Average|
|American Family Mutual||$1,515.17||-$1,314.00||-86.72%|
|Farmers Ins of Columbus||$3,423.01||$593.85||17.35%|
|Safeco Ins Co of IL||$4,429.74||$1,600.57||36.13%|
|State Farm Mutual Auto||$2,507.87||-$321.30||-12.81%|
|Discover Prop & Cas Ins Co||$3,135.16||$306.00||9.76%|
USAA and American Family Mutual have the lowest premiums compared to state averages.
Commute Rates by Companies
Do you have to commute to work? If so, take a look at the rates by commute.
|Liberty Mutual||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$4,429.74|
|Liberty Mutual||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$4,429.74|
|Progressive||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$3,436.96|
|Progressive||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$3,436.96|
|Farmers||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$3,423.01|
|Farmers||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$3,423.01|
|Nationwide||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$3,300.89|
|Nationwide||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$3,300.89|
|Allstate||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$3,197.22|
|Allstate||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$3,197.22|
|Travelers||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$3,135.16|
|Travelers||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$3,135.16|
|State Farm||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$2,569.94|
|State Farm||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$2,445.81|
|Geico||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$1,899.95|
|Geico||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$1,834.42|
|USAA||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$1,534.83|
|American Family||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||$1,533.50|
|American Family||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$1,496.84|
|USAA||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||$1,422.09|
Most companies do not rate or heavily rate for commuting miles.
Coverage Level Rates by Companies
More coverage means more premium, right? Not necessarily.
|Group||Coverage Type||Annual Average|
A company like Nationwide actually gives you a lower premium for more coverage. It is always good to compare rates and even if you think your premium might be too high, get quotes for more coverage.
Credit History Rates by Companies
Your credit history is a major factor when obtaining rates for insurance. Most consumers think credit history follows you for larger purchases, like a home or car.
|Group||Credit History||Annual Average|
The average Ohio resident has a credit score of 678, which is considered a prime credit score.
As you can tell from the table above, poor credit history can cost you thousands in insurance premium.
Driving Record Rates by Companies
Driving record is probably the most obvious factors that affect your insurance rate. Driving safe and cautiously is your best precaution against moving violations on your record. Unfortunately, accidents happen or you are in a rush and go over the speed limit.
Take a look below to see just how much that speeding ticket costs you.
|Group||Driving Record||Annual Average|
|Liberty Mutual||With 1 DUI||$4,880.34|
|Liberty Mutual||With 1 accident||$4,775.12|
|Travelers||With 1 DUI||$4,539.26|
|Liberty Mutual||With 1 speeding violation||$4,341.01|
|Nationwide||With 1 DUI||$4,269.79|
|Progressive||With 1 accident||$4,028.09|
|Allstate||With 1 DUI||$3,808.65|
|Liberty Mutual||Clean record||$3,722.47|
|Farmers||With 1 speeding violation||$3,688.92|
|Farmers||With 1 accident||$3,634.83|
|Progressive||With 1 speeding violation||$3,599.93|
|Farmers||With 1 DUI||$3,544.94|
|Nationwide||With 1 accident||$3,364.88|
|Allstate||With 1 accident||$3,250.76|
|Progressive||With 1 DUI||$3,156.21|
|Allstate||With 1 speeding violation||$3,040.34|
|Travelers||With 1 accident||$3,009.00|
|Nationwide||With 1 speeding violation||$2,924.39|
|State Farm||With 1 accident||$2,730.70|
|Travelers||With 1 speeding violation||$2,683.62|
|Geico||With 1 DUI||$2,645.09|
|State Farm||With 1 DUI||$2,507.87|
|State Farm||With 1 speeding violation||$2,507.87|
|State Farm||Clean record||$2,285.04|
|USAA||With 1 DUI||$1,999.49|
|Geico||With 1 accident||$1,828.67|
|Geico||With 1 speeding violation||$1,725.85|
|American Family||With 1 DUI||$1,536.30|
|American Family||With 1 accident||$1,536.30|
|American Family||With 1 speeding violation||$1,536.30|
|USAA||With 1 accident||$1,521.70|
|American Family||Clean record||$1,451.77|
|USAA||With 1 speeding violation||$1,257.56|
A DUI conviction will definitely cost you, not only in your insurance premium but with fines and penalties that we will cover as you continue to read.
Largest Car Insurance Companies in Ohio
|Company||Direct Premiums||Market Share|
|State Farm Group||$1,316,297||19.69%|
|Allstate Insurance Group||$687,527||10.29%|
|American Family Insurance Group||$176,153||2.64%|
|Erie Insurance Group||$222,863||3.33%|
|Grange Mutual Casualty Group||$344,399||5.15%|
|Liberty Mutual Group||$315,308||4.72%|
|Nationwide Corp Group||$536,768||8.03%|
Number of Insurers in Ohio
Ohio has a lot of insurers you can choose. Insurers are separated into two categories, domestic and foreign. Domestic means the insurer was formed under Ohio state law, while foreign means the insurer was formed in another state.
Ohio has 138 domestic and 851 foreign insurers.
Ohio State Laws
Insurance can keep you covered on the road, but state laws can protect and keep you safe. Police cars were first used in Akron, so Ohioans are not messing around when it comes to safety and laws.
We are going to hit some major laws like driving under the influence and speeding to licensing requirements.
It is difficult keeping up with all the different laws, so keep reading and we break them down for you.
Car Insurance Laws
You must have car insurance to legally drive in the state of Ohio. State laws can influence auto insurance, whether that be with minimum limits or how rates are determined.
According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Ohio must file rate changes before they use them for giving quotes to consumers.
When you are driving down Interstate 80 and you hear the crack of the windshield from a rock being thrown. There it is, a huge crack stretching over your windshield.
Is it covered? Some insurance companies will cover the loss under comprehensive coverage, but you will want to check with your company.
Ohio has no specific laws on windshields. You can use aftermarket parts and you can also choose whichever shop you take your car.
SR-22 is filing that may be requested by the courts if you are considered a high-risk driver.
Your insurance company will have to file the SR-22, usually electronically, with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This is costly and usually gives you higher rates.
You are considered a high-risk driver for driving under the influence, driving with no insurance, or too many points on your license. Those are just a few violations that can get the unwanted title of a high-risk driver.
Since you are required to have insurance, Ohio has the Ohio Automobile Insurance Plan. This method of insurance is used for drivers that can not get insurance through a voluntary market.
Insurance from the OAIP is usually very expensive and the following requirements are listed on their website:
To be eligible for bodily injury, property damage, medical payments, and physical damage coverages, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
As a prerequisite to consideration for assignment under the Plan, the applicant must certify, in the prescribed application form, that he has attempted, within 60 days prior to the date of application, to obtain automobile insurance in the state, and that he has been unable to obtain such insurance rates equal or less than the Plan.
An applicant so certifying shall be considered for assignment provided that he reports in the prescribed application form all information of a material nature and does not willfully make incorrect or misleading statements in the prescribed application form, or does not come within any of the prohibitions or exclusions shown in Section 2.C.
For bodily injury, property damage, and medical payments coverage, the Plan shall be available to residents and non-residents of the state only with respect to automobiles that are registered or will be registered in the state within 15 days, except that non-residents who are members of the United States military forces, shall be eligible with respect to automobiles registered in other states provided such military non-residents are stationed in this state at the time application is made and are otherwise eligible for insurance under the Plan.
For physical damage coverage, the Plan shall be available to residents and non-residents of the state only with respect to motor vehicles that are registered or will be registered in the state within 15 days and garaged in Ohio, except that non-residents who are members of the United States military forces shall be eligible with respect to motor vehicles registered in other states provided such military non-residents are stationed in this state at the time application is made and are otherwise eligible for insurance under the Plan.
Currently, there are no low-cost insurance options available to Ohio residents. The best way to get the lowest insurance rate is to shop for your insurance.
Luckily you can enter your zipcode below and see if you are getting the best rates.
Automobile Insurance Fraud in Ohio
Insurance fraud is a growing and costly problem. The Insurance Information Institute states workers comp, healthcare, and auto insurance are the most susceptible to fraud.
Fraud can be separated into two different categories, soft and hard. Soft fraud is usually considered a misrepresentation of facts or adding extra costs to an existing claim. While hard fraud is a purposefully makes up a claim with no validity.
Fraud is a serious crime and should be reported to the Ohio Insurance Department.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the time limit you have to file a claim. Once a loss has occurred, in Ohio, you have two years to file a claim for personal property damage or bodily injury.
It is always important to file a claim as soon as possible to provide accurate information and get your claim settled quickly.
Vehicle Licensing Laws
Just like insurance, you need a license to drive. In this next section, we are going to go over licensing requirements and the penalties for driving without insurance.
In 2005, Congress enacted the Real Id Act. This act sets strict standards for the issuance of a driver’s license.
If a state is compliant, you can use your real ID driver’s license to board commercial flights and enter government buildings.
Ohio is a compliant state of the Real ID Act.
Penalties for Driving Without Insurance
If you are required to have insurance, there are going to be penalties for not having it.
|1st Offense||2nd Offense|
|License/plates/registration suspension until requirements are met and $100 reinstatement fee is paid; maintain special high-risk coverage on file with the BMV for three to five years; If involved in accident without insurance: all above penalties and a security suspension for two plus years and an indefinite judgment suspension (until all damages are satisfied)||License/plates/registration suspension for one year; $300 reinstatement fee; maintain special high-risk coverage on file with the BMV for three or five years; if involved in accident without insurance: all above penalties and a security suspension for two plus years and an indefinite judgment suspension (until all damages are satisfied)|
You are required to show proof of insurance any time requested at a traffic stop or other time asked for by a police officer. You can show proof with a valid insurance id card, copy of the current policy, or electronic copy on your smart device.
Teen Driver Laws
|Young Driver Licensing Laws||Minimum Age||Passenger Restrictions||Time Restrictions|
|Learner's Permit||15 years, six months||first 12 months—no more than one passenger (family members excepted)||50 hours of driving, ten of which must be at night|
|Provisional License||16 years old||first 12 months—no more than one passenger (family members excepted)||midnight-6 a.m. (first 12 months), 1 a.m.-5 a.m. (second 12 months); secondary enforcement|
|Full License||16 years old||restrictions lifted in 12 months (min. age: 17)||restrictions lifted in 24 months (min. age: 18)|
Teen drivers have different restrictions they have to follow while driving.
|Restricted License Laws in Ohio||Details|
|Nighttime restrictions||midnight-6 a.m. (first 12 months), 1 a.m.-5 a.m. (second 12 months) secondary enforcement|
|Passenger restrictions (family members excepted unless noted otherwise)||first 12 months—no more than 1 passenger|
|Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:|
|Nighttime restrictions||24 months (min. age: 18)|
|Passenger restrictions||12 months (min. age: 17)|
Older Driver License Renewal Procedures
Older drivers are not treated any differently than other drivers at renewal time. See below for all renewal information for any age.
New Residents of Ohio
If you are new, welcome to Ohio! You have 30 days to change your license to an Ohio state license. You will also need to title your vehicle and get Ohio state tags.
License renewal procedures
License renewal for all drivers is every four years. You can not renew online or by mail, so you must go to a local licensing office in person for your renewal. A vision exam is also required at every renewal.
Ohio considers any driver that operates a vehicle under such disregard for the lives as other, knowing they are driving carelessly, as reckless driving.
Penalties for driving recklessly can be found here or below:
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But generally, the possible penalties are:
- No prior traffic convictions. When a motorist has had no prior motor vehicle or traffic convictions within the past year, reckless operation is a minor misdemeanor. The maximum punishment for a minor misdemeanor is a $100 fine—jail time isn’t a possibility.
- One prior traffic conviction. Reckless driving is a fourth-degree misdemeanor if the driver has been convicted of one motor vehicle or traffic offense within the past year. A fourth-degree misdemeanor carries up to 30 days in jail and/or a maximum $250 in fines.
- Two prior traffic convictions. If a driver has been convicted of two or more motor vehicle or traffic offenses within the past year, reckless driving is a third-degree misdemeanor. Convicted motorists face up to 60 days in jail and/or a maximum $500 in fines.
For any reckless operation conviction, a judge can—but isn’t required to—suspend the driver’s license for six months to three years.
That is right, any reckless operation conviction can mean no driving for up to three years.
Rules of the Road
The rules of the road are enforced to keep you and other drivers or passengers safe when on Ohio roadways. Keep reading to find out important information about speed limits, seat belts, and more.
Fault vs. No-Fault
Ohio is an at-fault state for car accidents. This means whoever is at fault for the accident must payout from their insurance policy.
Seat Belt and Car Seat Laws
Most states have seat belt requirements, Ohio has the below seat belt laws.
|Seat Belt Laws in Ohio||Details|
|Effective Since||May 6, 1986|
|Age/Seats Applicable||8 through 14 in all seats; 15+ years in front seat|
|1st Offense Max Fine||$30 driver/$20 passenger|
The following table will help you have children in the car needing a child restraint or booster seat.
|Type of Car Seat Required||Age|
|Rear-Facing Child Restraint||3 years and younger or less than 40 pounds|
|Child Booster Seat||4 through 7 years who weigh 40 pounds or more and who are shorter than 57 inches in a child restraint or booster seat|
|Adult Belt Permissible||8 through 14 years|
Ohio has restrictions for riding int he cargo area of a truck. The below are the exceptions to these restrictions:
- passengers 16 and older
- passengers 15 and younger if driven less than 25 mph or seated and belted
Keep Right and Move Over Laws
In order to drive in the left lane in Ohio, you must be going at least the speed limit. Driving under the speed limit needs to be in the right lane only.
Move over laws include not only police and emergency vehicles, but also waste collection vehicles and road maintenance. When traveling the same direction, drivers must slow and vacate the closet lane to emergency or designated vehicle.
Speed limits are vital laws that keep drivers and passengers safe.
|Type of Roadway||Speed Limit|
|Rural Interstates||70 mph|
|Urban Interstates||65 mph|
|Other Limited Access Roads||70 mph|
|Other Roads||55 mph|
Please remember, roads are subject to change speed limits especially during construction.
Ridesharing has become a widely popular form of transportation and a valuable way to make some extra money. If you chose to drive for a ridesharing company, such as Uber or Lyft, you will need to make sure you are covered by your insurance carrier.
The following companies in Ohio provide ridesharing insurance:
- State Farm
You must inform your insurance of your ridesharing to verify you have coverage.
Automation on the Road
Cars driving by themselves are no longer a thing of the future. Ohio currently is testing automation on their roadways. You must have liability insurance and the operator must be licensed.
Next up are the major safety laws. Driving under the influence and distracted driving are two major hazards of any roadway.
|DUI LAW IN Ohio||Details|
|Name for Offense||Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI)|
|High BAC Limit||0.17|
|Criminal Status||1st-2nd first degree misdemeanors, 3rd misdemeanor, 4th in 6 years fourth degree felony, + in any time period third degree felony|
|Look Back Period||10 years|
Driving while intoxicated can lead to much higher insurance premiums as we saw earlier, but that is not the only thing. If convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence, you can face high fines and fees, jail time, and license suspensions.
|DUI LAW IN Ohio||Details|
|Name for Offense||Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI)|
|High BAC Limit||0.17|
|Criminal Status||1st-2nd first degree misdemeanors, 3rd misdemeanor, 4th in 6 years fourth degree felony, + in any time period third degree felony|
|Look Back Period||10 years|
Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws
It is also illegal to be operating a vehicle while impaired by illegal drugs. If two nanograms of THC is found in your system, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of marijuana.
Distracted Driving Laws
Cell phones continue to be a huge distraction for any driver. Ohio has some specific laws against the use of cellular devices to help keep roads safe.
There is currently no hand-held band on devices while driving, but if you are found guilty of a moving violation and your use of a device impeded your driving ability you could face a $100 fine on top of any other fines incurred.
Drivers 18 and under are to have no device usage. There is a texting ban on all drivers.
Driving in Ohio
Even if you follow all of the above laws in Ohio, there are still dangers from driving on any road. This last section we are going to cover the bad of driving. We will look at auto theft, fatalities, and transportation for Ohio residents.
Vehicle Theft in Ohio
Have you ever walked to your car just to find that it wasn’t there? Dodge Caravans seem to be the hot choice of car thefts in Ohio.
|Make/Model||Most Popular Vehicle Year||Thefts|
|Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1999||579|
|Dodge Pickup (Full Size)||2005||297|
|Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2004||540|
|Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee||2000||467|
We also took a look at each city in Ohio and how many car thefts occur.
|Bath Township, Summit County||2|
|Brunswick Hills Township||4|
|German Township, Clark County||0|
|German Township, Montgomery County||0|
|Goshen Township, Mahoning County||7|
|Hamilton Township, Warren County||5|
|Jackson Township, Montgomery County||2|
|Jackson Township, Stark County||23|
|Miami Township, Clermont County||17|
|Miami Township, Montgomery County||26|
|North College Hill||23|
|Perry Township, Columbiana County||0|
|Perry Township, Franklin County||0|
|Perry Township, Montgomery County||5|
|Springfield Township, Hamilton County||57|
|Springfield Township, Mahoning County||3|
|Springfield Township, Summit County||8|
|St. Clair Township||0|
|Village of Leesburg||2|
|Washington Court House||5|
|West Chester Township||29|
Road Fatalities in Ohio
Next, we are going to cover fatalities on the roads of Ohio. We give you this information to help educate drivers to help prevent other fatalities from happening.
Most Fatal Highway in Ohio
Interstate 71 is the most fatal highway in Ohio. This road has an average of 18 fatal crashes in one year.
Fatal Crashes by Weather Condition and Light Condition
Drivers often think accidents happen in bad weather or late at night. While those times do make driving more difficult and safety is definitely an issue, more accidents happen in normal weather conditions and daylight hours.
|Weather Condition||Daylight||Dark, but Lighted||Dark||Dawn or Dusk||Other / Unknown||Total|
Fatalities by Ohio County
Below is a list of Ohio counties and fatalities in each county.
Fatalities by Person Type
|Passenger Vehicle Occupant||744||764||793||773||851|
|Bicyclist and Other Cyclist||19||11||25||18||19|
Fatalities by Crash Type
|Involving a Single Vehicle||560||540||593||593||641|
|Involving a Large Truck||131||130||167||123||164|
|Involving a Rollover||232||253||231||241||254|
|Involving a Roadway Departure||590||625||658||670||670|
|Involving an Intersection (or Intersection Related)||217||256||295||320||327|
Five-Year Trend For The Top 10 Counties
Fatalities Involving Speeding by County
Speeding is a big factor in many accidents. Take a look below to find your county and see how many speeding fatalities occur.
Fatalities in Crashes Involving an Alcohol-Impaired Driver by County
We saw earlier the penalties for driving under the influence. You can lose your license, get jail time, and have fines. Sadly, you can also lose your life or take the life of someone else.
Below we have tables showing the number of fatalities in alcohol-related accidents by Ohio county.
|Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving High BAC||Ohio||National|
Teen Drinking and Driving
Ohio is ranked 43rd in the nation for underage drinking arrests.
Ohio is cracking down on laws regarding the “social host liability”. This means the following which can be found on the FindLaw website:
Under these laws, a “social host” (an individual or business who serves alcohol in a social setting) is not only prohibited from providing alcohol to people under the age of 21, but he or she may also be responsible if these minors kill or injure someone while intoxicated from alcohol served by the social host. Note that a host is only liable to a third party when the injury is caused by a guest under 21 years old.
So if you are hosting a party with alcohol, please be aware of underage party guests that could be consuming alcohol.
EMS Response Time
The first ambulance service was created in Ohio. If you are in an accident you are totally dependent on the emergency medical response teams.
Below is a graph showing response times for rural and urban areas.
|Time of Crash to EMS Notification||EMS Notification to EMS Arrival||EMS Arrival at Scene||Time of Crash to Hospital Arrival|
The last section to be covered will be transportation. The following sections will have graphs showing car ownership, commute times, and commuter transportation. These graphs will show Ohio in orange and the US average in gray.
Like most Americans, Ohio families are usually two-car families.
The average Ohioan driver has a slightly shorter commute time at a little over 22 minutes versus a little over 25 minutes for most US workers.
The vast majority of workers across the nation prefer to drive alone to work.
Traffic Congestion in Ohio
We took a look at four of the most congested cities in Ohio. How many hours do you spend in traffic?
|URBAN AREA||2018 World Rank||HOURS LOST IN CONGESTION||COST OF CONGESTION (PER DRIVER)||INNER CITY TRAVEL TIME (MINUTES)|
Do you feel ready to get your quote? You know how much insurance you need, which companies are in your state with the best rates, and also Ohio state laws.
We hope you feel confident and ready to fully cover you and your vehicle. You can even enter your zip code here and be well on your way to getting the best rates.
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