How to protect your business commercial auto risks in three easy steps

Your business is only as safe as the tools you use. One of the best tools your business can use to protect your assets is a commercial auto insurance policy.

Understanding insurance can be tricky. That is why you should consult an independent insurance agent since one of the first steps toward making informed decisions is to understand your coverage and service options. Here are some easy steps to help you figure out your commercial auto insurance risks and needs:

1. Make sure you choose an insurer with the right combination of price and service options to suite your needs. Insurance isn’t just about price. It’s about the service, too. How are claims handled? How fast are they settled? How long will it take to get your vehicle back on the road? Do you have access to someone to assist you outside of business hours or online, and do they know the answers to your questions?

2. Research all of your policy options. Having the correct coverage is important. Most standard commercial auto policy generally includes coverage for the following:

•Injuries or damage that you create or cause.
•Your driver’s injuries.
•Injuries and damages caused by uninsured or underinsured drivers.
•Damage to, or theft of, your vehicle(s).

When it comes to the damage that you may cause, you may be required by your carrier to purchase certain limits based on who you work for. For instance, if you work for a certain company, you may be required to carry $2 million in liability limits. You will need to consider how much you are willing to pay out of pocket if your liability in an accident is more than your policy limits.

3. Know how your policy is underwritten and priced. You most certainly can control your insurance costs. To get the best rates, run MVRs (motor vehicle reports) on your potential drivers. If you let your insurance lapse (expire), you’ll probably pay more for your next policy. Ask about discounts, including paid-in-full and renewal discounts.

Just like your customers rely on your professional skills, call an independent insurance agent who will be your trusted advisor who will research your options and recommend the best options for your business!

“Our blogs are for general education and information only and may not represent your unique needs. Coverages will vary. Please contact your insurance agent to verify your specific policy terms and conditions.”

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