What Type of Trucking Insurance Do I Need?
Commercial Truck Insurance for Motor Carriers and Owner Operators
Making the decision to be your own boss and start a trucking company is the best way to advance your career. But it’s not as easy as jumping in your rig and heading down the road. Before you can go into business, you have to take care of some critical things and insurance is at the top of the list.
Let’s take a look at the kinds of insurance policies Truckers will need to protect themselves and the cargo you haul for customers.
Liability coverage is the core of a Motor Carrier or Owner Operators insurance program. This coverage protects you should one of your employees damage another person’s property or injure a third party. Companies that operate loading docks and freight yards will also require that your trucks have liability insurance.
Very similar to general liability, auto liability insurance covers your company in case one of your trucks damages someone else’s property or injures people in an accident. All of your trucks must carry liability coverage to legally operate on the nation’s highways.
Collision & Comprehensive
Trucks are not only expensive to buy, but also fix after an accident. Collision and Comprehensive insurance covers you for the following losses involving your trucks and trailers.
- Hitting an Animal
- Weather Related Events
Non-Truckers Liability/Bobtail Coverage
Sometimes called non-trucking liability coverage, bobtail insurance protects for third party bodily injury and property damage when the vehicle is not being used for business purposes (under dispatch with a Motor Carrier). Bobtail is only intended to protect you when the truck is off duty.
Motor Truck Cargo
Just as it’s critical to protect your truck with insurance, customers’ cargo also needs to be covered when in your possession. A motor truck cargo policy extends coverage to your customers’ property should it get damaged, stolen or lost.
Designed to specifically cover trailers, this type of policy provides protection against physical damage for trailers that you do not own. Trailer interchange insurance covers damage caused by fire, theft, and vandalism.
Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist
Some people are irresponsible and operate vehicles without insurance. Similarly, there are individuals who have insurance, but it is not adequate enough to cover damages to other people’s property or compensate them for injuries sustained in an accident. This type of policy will offset any payment shortages from a person driving without insurance or one with insufficient coverage.
If you run a rig that hauls refrigerated cargo, reefer insurance is very important. This policy will protect you against losses caused by refrigeration breakdown, stolen cargo, or damage in a collision.
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