The days of horse and buggy are unfortunately, behind us, and traffic is moving faster than ever. We have ships, trains, planes, and trucks delivering goods all over the world every minute of every day. The world seems to be getting smaller and smaller, especially with our abilities to order from websites like Amazon and Ebay; who ship their products right to our door.
With all the vehicles on the road, there are many different types of businesses that are travelling daily. If you are a commercial carrier, or you are running your own business there is a good chance you will need a commercial auto policy for your protection. We recommend that everyone carry a personal auto pak for their privately owned vehicles, therefore, we recommend it for your commercial vehicles as well. In some instances, the highway traffic board makes it mandatory that you carry a minimum 1 million or 2 million liability for your commercial vehicles.
Whether you are a contractor, delivery service, salesman (hauling own goods), concrete hauler, oil field worker, taxi or limo service, food truck, tow truck, garbage truck, hot shot operation, commodities hauler (gravel, grain, livestock, etc), logging truck or snow removal service; you will be at risk of an auto claim. There are tons of operations that all require a commercial auto policy on their vehicles. This policy is required for both the trucks and the trailers. If you are unsure about whether your operation is required to carry additional liability coverage, please contact our office.
What you are hauling or what your operation is, will decide the premium rating for your vehicle. That is why it is important to give us as much detail as possible so we insure your vehicles with accurate coverage. For example if you haul “Anhydrous Ammonia” or other chemicals, your liability costs will be greater than someone hauling “blankets and pillows” or if you are hauling your “own” metal products or you are custom hauling metal products for someone else’s business – these small differences change the rating factor.
Along with insuring your vehicle for physical damage and liability, you may want to consider insuring your cargo. If you are hauling goods of others, you may be required to have a cargo policy by the highway traffic board. Please contact us to find out what is required, and if you are responsible for the load you are hauling. You don’t want to have an accident and realize you are responsible for the damages to the load you were hauling.
We will touch on more individualized operations in our upcoming blogs to give you an idea of what to look for in specific fields. In the meantime, please contact us if you need to set up commercial auto insurance on your business vehicles. We can set up a policy to give you that peace of mind you’ll need when on the road.