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Freight Insurance: A Vital Component For Business For Commercial Trucking Companies

Wednesday , 30, December 2020 Comments Off on Freight Insurance: A Vital Component For Business For Commercial Trucking Companies

It's an unhappy fact of transportation companies that accidents happen. This is especially applicable to those who run commercial trucking companies.

Commercial trucks are on the road for long stretches at a time, traveling long distances, moving along freeways and surface streets alike, passing and being passed by thousands of other vehicles each trip. You can get the services of best dry van trucking companies online through various service providers.

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Accidents also happen while a truck is not moving. Drivers need to rest and other trucks or vehicles can hit a commercial vehicle parked in a lot. Theft or vandalism can occur.

And this can be especially problematic if a truck's cargo (also known as freight) is damaged or stolen. If you own a commercial trucking company, you should seriously look into purchasing cargo insurance, even though you may not be "required" to do so by law.

Freight insurance protects you from liability when the cargo you are carrying is lost or damaged while it's under your care. If you're carrying the freight under "common carrier authority" you are required to have evidence on file that you have bodily injury and property damage, as well as cargo insurance.

If you have "contract authority" only with the company for which you're shipping cargo, you'll need only bodily injury and property damage insurance. (Be sure you have proof of that insurance on file).

Yet here's a bit of a mystery: The company for which you're shipping freight ultimately is responsible for the cargo, and should carry insurance itself in the case of theft, loss, or damage. But your client may not know that.