At InsureMyRig.com, we offer a variety of truck insurance policies to meet the needs of owner/operators, trucking fleets and fleets of owner/operators. We can answer any questions you may have about the different types of truck insurance we offer and what coverage each provides. The following are the answers to some frequently asked questions we encounter. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call; we are here to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Q: I am new to the trucking industry, what type of insurance coverage do I need?
A: You will probably need commercial auto liability, physical damage coverage, motor truck cargo insurance, bobtail insurance, occ/ acc insurance, and non-owned trailer coverage. Every situation is different so it is important that you work with an agent who is experienced in providing trucking insurance. Call the experts today for a comprehensive quote at 888-931-1934.
Q: Is bobtail insurance the same as non-trucking liability insurance?
A: Although they are often used interchangeably, bobtail insurance and non-trucking liability insurance are different. Leased operators generally need non-trucking insurance but many people still refer to this type of coverage as bobtail insurance.
Q: Do I need occupational accident insurance?
A: Occupational accident insurance can be truly beneficial if you have a work-related accident or illness, especially if you don’t have health care coverage. Talk to the insurance experts at InsureMyRig.com to find out what type of policy would work best for you.
Q: Should I package my truck payment with insurance? It sounds so easy.
A: You can, but it will probably be more expensive; definitely give us a call or an email for a quote before getting trucking insurance from a truck dealer. We're the trucking insurance experts, and can almost assuredly get you a better price.
Q: What’s the difference between primary liability and non-trucking liability?
A: Non-trucking liability insurance is generally used by owner/operators who are leased onto a motor carrier. When you are dispatched for the motor carrier, their primary liability trucking insurance will cover you. However, if you are your own trucking company with your own customers or if you have your own authority, you will need to get your own primary liability trucking insurance.
Q: What type of trucking insurance coverage do I need to repair damages that result from an accident?
A: Physical damage insurance protects truck drivers in the event of an accident. This type of insurance is also called collision insurance.
Q: If I have to have my vehicle towed, will the cost be covered by my insurance?
A: If you need a tow because of an accident, it will be covered by your insurance. If your truck breaks down as a result of mechanical failure, it will not be covered by insurance.
Q: If I pay off my truck, do I still need physical damage insurance?
A: Legally, you do not need this type of coverage any longer if your truck is paid off. However, we recommend you still carry it as this coverage protects your truck which is your livelihood and it is important to have that protection.
Q: Can I get insurance if I have had a DUI, other infractions or a bad driving record?
A: At InsureMyRig.com, we make every effort to insure every type of truck driver, regardless of your past driving record. Sometimes, the premium may become prohibitive so we will work with the driver to make sure we find the policy that works for you.
Q: If I change trucking companies, can I still keep the same insurance?
A: When you change trucking companies, you can almost always keep the same insurance. Your insurance rates will probably not change at all.
Q: Is there a penalty for canceling my insurance? Will it affect my credit?
A: You can cancel your policy at any time without a penalty. Your credit will not be affected by your cancellation. However, you will have to pay any premiums or payments that have accrued on your account before canceling the policy.
Q: How do I pay my trucking insurance?
A: At InsureMyRig.com, we make it as easy as possible to pay your trucking insurance. We take credit cards or we will automatically deduct the premium from your checking account each month. Let us know what is most convenient for you.
Q: If I have to file a claim, how long will it affect my insurance?
A: Most claims will affect your insurance premiums for three years.
Q: Should I get my trucking insurance from my truck dealer?
A: It may sound easy but it is often more expensive to get trucking insurance from the truck dealer. At Roemer Insurance, we are experts in providing trucking insurance and we can work with you to get the best rates available. Before you get an insurance policy from a dealer, give us a call for a quote and compare.
Q: What does unidentified trailer coverage insurance cover?
A: A driver may need this type of insurance if you have a trailer attached to your tractor that is not owned or long-term leased you.
Q: Can I purchase a policy that will protect my personal items in my truck?
A: Many insurance policies include an option that covers personal items through physical damage coverage.
Q: What is the difference between pro-rate and short-rate?
A: If your policy is pro-rated, it means you only pay for the days you are actually insured. When your insurance company charges you for the days insured plus percentage for early cancellation, this is considered short-rate.
Q: What kind of coverage do I need if I am a lienholder?
A: Lienholders require physical damage insurance which protects their interest in case there is a trucking accident.
Q: What are some of the issues with a Motor Truck Cargo policy?
A: Every Motor Truck Cargo policy is different but some of them exclude or only partially cover certain merchandise such as electronic equipment or clothing. Some of these policies may exclude coverage completely if the truck is left loaded and unattended. Before you purchase a Motor Truck Cargo policy, talk to the professionals at InsureMyRig.com about the provisions in your policy.
Q: Does InsureMyRig.com assist with getting permits and licenses required to operate?
A: The experienced professionals at InsureMyRig.com assist drivers in obtaining all of the permits and licenses they may need to operate their trucks safely and legally. For a small fee, we can help you with these permits, including hazardous and special permits.
For more information or to get a quote, you can call, email, fax or chat with us! Call us 888-931-1934, ext. 292.
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1. Non-Trucking Liability, (NTL) Insurance - Also referred to as "Bobtail" insurance though this is not a correct term, NTL provides liability coverage when the truck is being used for purposes outside the scope of the lease and not under dispatch. EXAMPLE: using the truck on weekends to run errands.
2. Primary Liability Insurance - Every trucker/trucking company who operates under their own authority is required to carry primary liability coverage on all owned units and usually also provide this owner/operator insurance for their leased vehicles.
3. Cargo Insurance - Provides coverage for loss or damage to the property a truck is transporting (the load). Generally, though not always, provided by the motor carrier for leased operators.
4. Physical Damage Insurance (Collision, Specified Perils) - Provides coverage for repair or replacement for damage resulting from a covered loss (collision, fire, theft, hail, windstorm, earthquake, flood, mischief, or vandalism) to owned vehicles.
5. Occupational Accident Insurance (Occ/Acc) - Product designed specifically for owner operators in the trucking industry. In most states, by being self- employed owner/operators can opt out of state mandated workers compensation coverage. While not the same as workers compensation, occ/acc is similar in scope and intent. Most motor carriers require their leased operators to be covered either by workers compensation or occ/acc at the leased operator's expense. For those who qualify, occ/acc is generally a lower cost alternative.
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