Once you decide to become an owner-operator or start your own trucking company, it's important to get your business into fast gear. But it's just as important to make sure your company is protected from liability, claims, and expensive repairs. So before you put the pedal to the metal, make sure you have the right coverage. Turn to CommercialInsurance.Net to find tailor-made commercial insurance coverage quotes. We can help find affordable solutions for independent semi truck owner-operators and small fleet owners.
You need reliable insurance that covers every step of your drivers' routes. As most truckers know, good insurance is a must. If you're feeling overwhelmed about the rising costs or complexity of commercial trucking insurance, you're not alone! Many smaller operators are being forced to look for new ways to reduce their premiums. When insuring your semi-truck company, look for these specific types of coverage:
Semi-truck owner-operators face certain risks, such as
Whether the risk is high or low, make sure you have it covered. There are different areas of coverage that can be combined to fit your business's risks.
Take a look at these specific details about the different policies:
A business owner's policy is like a discounted policy for your business. It's actually a bundle of policies put together for your specific owner-operator or small fleet company. It includes commercial general liability insurance and policies that are specific to your industry. We'll help you find out if your business is eligible for a BOP.
As if there aren't enough risks to cover on the road, off-road risks can be a liability, too. You need to guard against the unforeseen things that can happen that are not related to your truck's actual operation. For example, a driver might get accosted at a truck stop, or you might receive a lawsuit from a former client. General liability covers legal defense fees, court costs, and settlements or judgments in the occasion that a client sues you.
General Liability Insurance also covers accidents or damage that may happen at your company's place of business.
Bobtail insurance is for those times when your trailer is detached. Most of the time, this insurance is for drivers under a lease agreement. For owner-operators under their own authority, driving bobtail is usually covered under your primary liability policy. However, we want you to make sure of that fact before you bobtail it and have an accident.
A semi-truck is a big piece of valuable equipment. Your investment needs to be covered by owner-operator physical damage insurance. The next time one of your trucks is in a collision or faces some sort of theft or vandalism, you've got the coverage to replace the damage.
You've got your truck covered for work purposes. But what about those times you might drive your truck when you're not on dispatch? Bad things can still happen even when you're driving across town to get your truck washed. Make sure your rig is covered outside of strict business operations.
Your cargo is the reason you have a trucking company. Cargo liability is an absolute necessity. It protects your load from damage, theft, and loss.
It's the nature of the business that you might be hauling someone else's trailer at some point. If another person's trailer gets damaged in your care, do you have it covered? Sometimes, it could be covered under the other owner's insurance. Make certain first! Some shippers won't do business with you unless you have trailer interchange insurance.
Fleet insurance covers your whole fleet, and it's usually a better value than insuring each unit individually. There are lots of different options available in this type of coverage. Let us help you choose the right ones.
Some owner-operators might argue that there is no such thing as too much insurance. An umbrella (or excess) liability Insurance ensures that all your gaps between policies are covered. Also, it increases your limits of liability. Lawsuits can go beyond your primary liability coverage, and an umbrella policy protects your assets against that.
You'll need workers' compensation coverage if you have employees. The laws vary depending on your state, so make sure you know what you need. An insurance specialist can help you stay compliant with your state's regulations.
We want to help you get the right coverage for your semi-truck owner-operator or small fleet business. CommercialInsurance.Net has the experience necessary to explain all the insurance details you need to know about. We will provide you with quotes from various insurance companies, allowing you to see the different options available.
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