The following is an insurance summary of basic truck insurance coverages for the truck and transportation industry.
Insurance is one of the largest fixed expenses that a trucker or trucking company faces today. It is one area that all individuals and companies need to revisit at least annually to make sure their needs are being met.
There are various factors that impact insurance costs, such driving records, age of the driver, age of equipment, commodities hauled, radius, vehicle location, loss history, years in business and the list goes on.
There are several types of trucking-related insurance coverages:
Insurance is coverage for your truck and trailer. Your premium is based on the value of your equipment. Usually a percentage of the value.
Liability insurance is required by federal regulations. Every carrier must carry liability insurance on every rig even on leased units.
Insurance protects the business for any property damage or bodily injury that might occur which does not involve a truck. Typical
Insurance pays for an accident when the driver/truck is not under dispatch. The coverage is sometimes referred to as deadhead coverage
Non-Owned Trailer Liability
Coverage protects the trailer you are pulling for someone else.
Non-Owned Trailer Physical Damage
Coverage insures the trailer you are pulling for someone else in the event of loss. $20,000 is somewhat standard for trailers.
Coverage protects a trailer you are pulling when there is a interchange agreement in force. For example with a steamship line.
Covers damage/loss to freight in transit. This coverage can have many exclusions such as unattended vehicle, maximum theft limitations
Protects freight located at specified terminals in the event of loss. Usually there are time limitations related to this coverage. For
Coverage protects goods stored at specified locations in the event of loss. For example as relates to theft, fire, sprinkler damage.
Once you have determined what insurance coverages you desire or need then you can rate shop. It is essential to work with an insurance brokerage, like M & A Insurance, who understands the trucking industry so that you purchase the right insurance with the best company at the lowest price.
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