Here’s another reason to drive safely in Massachusetts: An accident claim can increase your annual auto insurance premium by two-thirds, the largest jump anywhere in the country, according to a new study.
Fender-benders, mailbox swipes, and serious collisions all come with a hefty price tag in Massachusetts.
A Massachusetts driver who causes an accident and makes an insurance claim of more than $2,000 can expect an average 67 percent increase in insurance premiums, a study by the online insurance shopping firm InsuranceQuotes.com shows. That single claim would raise the average premium to $1,492 from $891.
When insurance companies in Massachusetts see that the driver is responsible for the accident, said Laura Adams, a senior insurance analyst with InsuranceQuotes, “they’re really penalizing the driver.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.