The average price for car insurance in Nebraska in 2011 is $1,197, which is significantly below the national average of $1,440. The exact rate that a particular driver is charged for coverage depends on a number of factors. Since each company determines which drivers it will agree to cover and how much it will charge to provide insurance independently, even consumers who are paying at or below the state average can benefit from getting quotes from a number of providers before buying a new policy or renewing their existing coverage.
Before a driver can determine how much coverage to buy, he or she must look at insurance needs. The specific type of coverage will change over time. Since Nebraska is a tort state, at-fault drivers are responsible for paying damages to those injured in a car accident, as well as the cost of repairs to the other driver’s vehicle and public property damaged as a result of the incident. A driver can choose to limit his or her coverage to the minimum level of protection required under state law, but if the policy limit is not high enough to pay for the damages caused in an accident, the at-fault driver is responsible for paying the difference personally.
Ideally, a driver should review his or her current coverage at least once a year. The best time to do so is a couple of months before the existing policy is up for renewal. This time frame will give him or her enough time to review quotes and decide whether to switch providers.