Starting A Trucking Company
The transportation industry is what keeps countries moving, which is why it is important to be knowledgeable before jumping into it. If you are looking to start a trucking company, look no further, Marquee is here to help simplify trucking. Start your journey off right by following these 8 steps.
Understanding Trucking Insurance
In order to get your trucking company on the road, the FMCSA mandates that you must have trucking insurance coverage. The required policies are Commercial Auto Liability and Motor Truck Cargo. Other policies, although not required, are just as important, and can help save you in the long run in case of a claim. Put yourself ahead of the competition by understanding these policies and what they mean for you and your company.
Commercial Auto Liability
Primary Auto Liability covers injuries to other drivers and vehicles. It also covers accidents that cause damage to public property. State and federal agencies require a minimum of $750,000 combined single limit. Most brokers require you to carry at least $1,000,000 in coverage, so we recommend higher limits. In addition, Hazmat or specialized operations may require higher limits.
Motor Truck Cargo
Motor Truck Cargo protects the transporter from their responsibility in the event of damaged or lost freight. We tailor this coverage to meet the specific needs of your operation or typically hauled commodities. Furthermore, most brokers require that you carry at least $100,000 in coverage. It is important to note that higher limits can be required for specialized operations.
Physical Damage covers your truck and trailer. This coverage breaks down into both Comprehensive and Collision insurance. Comprehensive coverage protects against non-collision damage to a vehicle or object. Also, it includes if your vehicle is stolen. Collision coverage protects if the vehicle is damaged in an accident.
General Liability insurance policies typically cover you and your company for claims involving bodily injuries and property damage resulting from your products, services, or operations. This policy includes Bodily Injury & Property Damage Liability, Personal Injury & Advertising Injury Liability, Medical Payments, and more.