Will a Seatbelt Ticket Raise Insurance in NC?

By Joel Hancock
Founder

Receiving a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt is not only a matter of legal compliance but also a potential concern for your insurance rates. If you’ve been issued a seatbelt ticket in North Carolina, you might wonder whether it will affect your insurance premiums. There are implications of receiving a seatbelt ticket in North Carolina. Here’s how it may impact your auto insurance rates.

 North Carolina Seatbelt Laws

 Firstly, it’s essential to understand North Carolina’s seatbelt laws. In North Carolina, all drivers and passengers are required to wear seatbelts while the vehicle is in motion, regardless of age or seating position. Failure to wear a seatbelt can result in a traffic citation and fines.

 Impact on Insurance Rates

 Unlike some other traffic violations, such as speeding or reckless driving, receiving a seatbelt ticket typically does not result in points being added to your driving record in North Carolina. Since insurance companies use driving record points as one of the factors in determining insurance premiums, the absence of points for a seatbelt ticket means it may have less impact on your insurance rates compared to other violations.

 Considerations for Insurance Companies

 While a seatbelt ticket itself may not directly result in an increase in your insurance rates, insurance companies may still consider it as part of your overall driving record and risk profile. Insurance companies assess various factors when determining premiums, including your driving history, claims history, age, and location. While a single seatbelt ticket may not lead to a significant rate increase on its own, it can still be viewed unfavorably by insurance companies as it indicates a disregard for safety regulations.

Mitigating Factors

 If you’ve received a seatbelt ticket, there are steps you can take to potentially mitigate its impact on your insurance rates:

 Contest the Ticket: If you believe the ticket was issued in error or have evidence to support your case, you may contest the ticket in court. Successfully fighting the ticket and having it dismissed can prevent it from appearing on your driving record.

 Complete a Defensive Driving Course: Some insurance companies offer discounts for completing defensive driving courses. Taking such a course voluntarily can demonstrate your commitment to safe driving and may offset any potential rate increases resulting from the ticket.

 Shop Around for Insurance: If you do experience a rate increase due to a seatbelt ticket, consider shopping around for insurance quotes from different providers. Each insurance company uses its own criteria to determine rates, so you may find more competitive rates elsewhere.

 While receiving a seatbelt ticket in North Carolina may not directly result in a significant increase in your insurance rates, it’s still important to address it promptly and consider the potential implications for your driving record and insurance premiums. Practicing safe driving habits, including wearing your seatbelt at all times, not only helps you avoid citations and fines but also keeps you and your passengers safe on the road.

 The Attorneys at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Help Those in North Carolina Who Have Received a Seatbelt Ticket

 If you have received a seatbelt ticket, it’s important to seek legal guidance from an experienced attorney familiar with North Carolina’s traffic laws. A skilled attorney can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal process.

 At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He devotes 100% of his practice to defending those accused of traffic infractions, DWI, misdemeanors, and felonies in Carteret County, NC.