§872. Security and proof of financial responsibility required unless evidence of insurance; when security determined; suspension; exception
A. If, twenty days after the receipt of a report of a motor vehicle accident within this state which has resulted in bodily injury or death, or damage to property of any one person the secretary does not have on file evidence satisfactory to him that the person who would otherwise be required to file security and give proof of financial responsibility under Subsection B of this Section has been released from liability, or has been finally adjudicated not to be liable, or has executed a duly acknowledged written agreement providing for the payment of an agreed amount in installments with respect to all claims for injuries or damages resulting from the accident, the secretary shall determine the amount of security which shall be sufficient in his judgment to satisfy any judgment or judgments for damages resulting from such accidents as may be recovered against each operator or owner.
B. The commissioner shall suspend the license and all registrations of each operator and owner of a motor vehicle in any manner involved in such accident, and if such operator is a nonresident, the privilege of operating a motor vehicle within this state, and, if such owner is a nonresident, the privilege of the use within this state of any motor vehicle owned by him, unless such operator or owner, or both, shall deposit security in the sum determined by the commissioner. Notice of such a suspension shall be sent by the commissioner to such operator and owner not less than ten days prior to the effective date of such suspension and shall state the amount required as security. The notice shall also advise such owner or operator that he or she may obtain a special identification card from the drivers license division of the Department of Public Safety pursuant to R.S. 40:1321. Where erroneous information is given the commissioner with respect to the matter set forth in Paragraphs (1), (2), or (3) of Subsection C of this Section, he shall take appropriate action as hereinbefore provided within sixty days after receipt by him of correct information with respect to said matters.
C. This Section shall not apply under the conditions stated in R.S. 32:873, nor:
(1) To such operator or owner if such owner had in effect at the time of such accident an automobile liability policy with respect to the motor vehicle involved in such accident.
(2) To such operator, if not the owner of such motor vehicle, if there was in effect at the time of such accident an automobile liability policy with respect to his operation of motor vehicles not owned by him.
(3) To such operator or owner if the liability of such operator or owner for damages resulting from such accident is, in the judgment of the commissioner, covered by any other form of liability insurance policy.
(4) To any person qualifying as a self-insurer under R.S. 32:1042 or to any person operating a motor vehicle for such self-insurer.
(5) To any operator of a "lease-bound mobile rig hauler" as provided for in R.S. 32:861(D).
D.(1) No such policy shall be effective under this Section unless issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in the state of Louisiana, except that if such motor vehicle was not registered in this state or was a motor vehicle which was registered elsewhere than in this state at the effective date of the policy, or the most recent renewal thereof, such policy shall not be effective under this Section unless the insurance company, if not authorized to do business in this state, shall execute a power of attorney authorizing the commissioner to accept service on its behalf of notice of process in any action upon such policy arising out of such accident.
(2) However, every such policy is subject, if the accident has resulted in bodily injury or death, to a limit, exclusive of interest and costs, of not less than ten thousand dollars because of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one accident and, subject to the limit for one person, to a limit of not less than twenty thousand dollars because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident and, if the accident has resulted in injury to or destruction of property, to a limit of not less than ten thousand dollars because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.
Acts 1952, No. 52, §5. Amended by Acts 1962, No. 495, §1; Acts 1967, No. 24, §1; Acts 1967, No. 106, §1; Acts 1970, No. 623, §1; Acts 1968, No. 600, §1; Acts 1978, No. 308, §1; Acts 1981, No. 237, §1; Acts 1984, No. 237, §1; Acts 1986, No. 516, §1; Acts 1992, No. 830, §1, eff. July 8, 1992; Acts 2001, No. 456, §1; Acts 2012, No. 221, §1.