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The City of the Violet Crown and capital of Texas has 1.1 million registered drivers in the Travis and Williamson County areas. Austin has grown by leaps and bounds in the past two decades, adding 300,000 new residents in the past twenty years. With a higher number of new drivers and an influx of immigrants, Austin can be a dangerous place to operate an automobile. Here is a brief look at some auto-related statistics for Austin Texas:

  • 12,232 auto accidents in 2008
  • 3498 vehicle thefts in 2009
  • Average commute time of 25.4 minutes
  • 15% of drivers are uninsured

With a high number of uninsured drivers on the road, comprehensive Austin auto insurance is a necessity. In order to properly register your automobile in Texas, minimum standard auto insurance must be purchased from a Texas Department of Insurance licensed insurer. The state of Texas has established the minimum requirements in order to register an automobile and receive license plates, which includes the following:

  • Liability Insurance

Texas law requires Texas drivers to pay for accidents that they cause. This can be accomplished by purchasing basic automobile liability insurance to cover both bodily injury and property damage, which is required by state insurance law. This liability coverage protects you from claims made by a third party(ies) alleging negligence or fault on your part. Bodily injury liability insurance, at a minimum, also provides legal defense against such third party claims.

You must also be able to provide proof of insurance, which must be shown, among other instances, when asked for by a law enforcement officer or have an accident. Failure to do so may result in a first conviction fine between $175 and $300, followed by subsequent penalties of greater fines, revocation of your license, and impoundment of your vehicle.

Because of the high prices of vehicles and medical care, minimum insurance coverage may not be enough if you are found liable for causing an accident. Consider purchasing other insurance products if you are an Austin driver, such as medical payment coverage, personal injury protection, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

It is important to remember to shop for low prices as well as quality service. For for information on the insurance companies with the highest number of complaints in Texas, see the TDI Complaint Information System. SmartAutoInsurance.com is dedicated to finding reliable and quality Austin automobile insurance quotes. Most vehicle and title registration services are provided by county tax offices or Departments of Public Safety in Texas. Fewer DMV locations are available, since it only came into existence a few years ago.

Principal Department of Motor Vehicles Locations are listed here:

  • 4719 S. Congress Ave., Austin (512) 444-5241
  • 6121 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin (512) 424-2076
  • 200 E. Riverside Dr., Austin (512) 416-4800
  • 1001 E. Parmer Ln., Austin (512) 837-4416