Despite the fact that having car insurance is legally required almost everywhere, there are still over a million uninsured drivers on the road in the UK.
One thing is for sure – if you’re caught driving without insurance, you’ll be facing some penalties.
In addition, being a part of a car accident without insurance is just making a situation that much worse.
In this case, not only you’ll have consequences for not having insurance, but you’ll also have to pay for all the damages (if the accident is your fault).
The penalties for driving without car insurance
Many drivers think that they can save some money if they don’t pay for car insurance. Of course, they’re not taking having an accident situation into consideration.
If you get caught only once on the road or if you ‘’only’’ have one accident, the amount you’re going to pay is bigger than the insurance costs that would keep you safe in these situations.
There’s no specific amount determined – it depends on your place of living, on damages and on the fact whose fault the accident was. In some countries, car insurance is not legally required.
In the UK, it is obligatory. You’re at least going to face a fine, or you could even go to court. Other options are getting your driver’s licence taken away, points on a licence, or even police destroying the vehicle!
The most important thing if you’re in an accident without insurance are the circumstances. The consequences will vary depending on whose fault it is and how big the damages are.
If you caused the accident, you need to pay for everything right out of your own pocket. Now, the amount can be determined after establishing how big the accident was.
If nobody was injured and there’s no significant damage, you need to cover the ‘’no-insurance’’ penalties, but that’s about it.
On the other hand, if someone was seriously injured, hurt, or even killed, the sentence will be really harsh.
In both scenarios, the other party has the right to sue you (which doesn’t mean you’re going to pay, but be prepared).
If you didn’t cause the accident (and don’t have insurance) but it was another driver’s fault, you have almost the same rights as a pedestrian.
However, in this case, the circumstances have to be undoubted. If you find yourself in this position, make sure you call the police right away, keep the witnesses and collect as many evidence as you can!
Finally, if you’re the one who has the insurance, but you were hit by an uninsured driver, you have the right to sue or to make a personal injury claim!
Whatever the case is, the person who doesn’t have car insurance will be facing some consequences.
These consequences depend on whether they are responsible for the accident or not, and on the seriousness of the damages and injuries.
Be careful, drive safely and get that car insurance!