The United States economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly $671 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods in the U.S. alone. It’s estimated that 15.5 million trucks operate in the U.S. Two million of those are tractor trailers.
Whether they are common carriers or private carriers, these vehicles need to be adequately protected with trucking insurance known as private carrier insurance. And there are several different types of insurance coverage that are required.
Here is a look at the coverage a typical private carrier would need to purchase.
What is a private carrier?
If the company owns the vehicles that are used to transport its goods, it is a private carrier. Unlike a common carrier, a private carrier does not transport goods as its primary business, and it doesn’t have to carry the goods of other companies. A private carrier is not a for-hire carrier and does not tranport the products of other companies as its primary business.
What kind of trucking insurance does a private carrier need?
Liability Insurance: If you’re at fault for an accident, liability insurance covers injuries or damage to other people or property. It also will pay for your legal defense expenses if you are sued as a result of your involvement in an accident.
There are two parts to the coverage:
- Bodily Injury Coverage protects you if you cause an accident that injures or kills another person. It pays for any related expenses such as hospital and medical bills, long-term nursing care, lost earnings, and rehabilitation. It will pay funeral expenses in a fatal accident.
- Property Damage protects you if you are at fault for an accident that damages another person's property. It will cover the costs to replace or repair the damaged items that could include vehicles, fences, and houses.
Physical Damage Coverage: Physical Damage refers to two basic coverages that protect your truck. This insurance requires you to choose a deductible, which is the out-of-pocket amount that you agree to pay whenever you have a claim. These are the coverages:
- Collision Insurance: Collision insurance provides protection for your vehicle if it is damaged in an accident. Collision insurance pays to repair or replace your vehicle if it collides with something or overturns.
- Comprehensive Coverage: If your truck is damaged by something other than a collision with another vehicle or object, or if your truck is stolen, comprehensive insurance will cover it.
Medical Payments Insurance: This insurance is not available in all states. If you can get medical payments insurance, it will pay medical bills for you and any passengers in your truck in case they are hurt in an accident or auto-related injury.
Private truck insurance filings
If you are traveling across state lines, you may need federal or state insurance filings. Known as Financial Proof of Responsibilities, they are a guarantee to the government that you are carrying sufficient truck insurance protection.
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