Commercial Auto Insurance

Daycare Centers

Daycares, preschools, and private schools use buses and vans to transport children. These vehicles might be used on a daily basis or only occasionally. Children are extremely precious cargo, so your commercial auto insurance must be comprehensive enough to protect your academic facility, the children, your employees who are driving the vehicles, and others on the road. Your policy should be designed to handle medical bills, property damage, and liability issues that arise.

Trucking Company

If your trucks haul goods around town or around the nation, you need to protect your drivers, vehicles, and others on the road. Since your trucks and vans travel multiple miles every day, you need fairly extensive commercial auto insurance. These policies must cover much more than an average private auto policy. The exact coverage will depend on a variety of factors and would be best discussed with your trusted agent. He or she will have the experience to put together the right policy for you, your fleet, and your truckers.

Catering Companies

If you own a catering business, you need specialized equipment in your vans in order to safely transport foods and beverages. Not only are you transporting edible goods, but you also you have serving dishes, refrigerators, chafing dishes, utensils, and the food itself. Your policy must cover your culinary equipment, your drivers, your chef, and the vehicles. All of these items are necessary for you to run your operation. You must insure everything adequately in order to protect your catering operation.

How to Find an Agent

It’s extremely helpful to establish a comfortable connection with a commercial auto insurance agent. If you don’t have a trusted agent already, ask others in your industry for a recommendation. When you get a few names, you can interview them to decide who’s right for you. Reviews of agents and companies are posted online, as well, so that you can read what other customers’ experiences have been like.

Some Types of Car Insurance Coverage

One of the most common types of car insurance is auto liability coverage. This type of coverage will pay for any damages if you are legally responsible for injuring someone in an accident, or if you cause any damage to another person’s vehicle or property during the accident. It will also pay for your legal defense and any court costs if the other party files a lawsuit. Generally, state laws dictate the minimum amount of auto liability coverage that each driver must have, but higher amounts are available.

Collision coverage is another type of car insurance that is available to drivers. This type of policy will cover damage costs incurred during collisions with other cars, collisions with stationary objects, and vehicle rollovers. To obtain this policy requires a deductible, meaning that the insured party must pay some costs out-of-pocket before the insurer will cover any costs. Deductibles are used to deter insured parties from filing frivolous claims.

Comprehensive car insurance is used to cover reimbursement for damage with causes other than collisions or rollovers. This includes damage caused by fire, wind, storms, vandalism, theft, hail, flooding, or hitting an animal. In many cases, obtaining this will also require a deductible.

Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is used to protect drivers from damage caused by a collision with a driver who either does not have any type of liability coverage or does not have sufficient coverage to provide compensation for the entire amount of damages. This type may also pay for property damages, depending on the individual coverage plans offered by providers. The amount and specific type of damage it covers generally depends on state laws and the plans offered by individual providers.