Also known as business auto insurance, a commercial auto policy protects company-owned and used vehicles in the event of damage. Vehicle damage and driver injuries in cars, trucks, and vans used for business purposes are covered under commercial auto policies.
In some cases, your personal auto policy will cover you because individual auto policies cover claims relating to personal use. For more info on this, check out our personal car insurance page below.learn more
If you’re driving a client, making deliveries, or hauling your inventory or equipment to an event, your personal auto insurance policy may not cover damages from an accident that happens in those circumstances. Commercial auto insurance typically has higher limits than personal auto insurance because the expected risk is higher.
Other issues you may experience may be handled by other types of insurance. If a worker gets hurt during a vehicle accident, their medical treatment would be covered by worker’s compensation insurance, not your commercial auto insurance policy.
Intentional acts are typically excluded, as well as high-risk acts. So, if your employee intentionally slashes your company’s tires, that’s not covered. If your employee uses your car in any kind of racing or as part of any kind of war or violent action like an insurrection or rebellion, your commercial auto coverage will not protect you from medical bills, losses, or legal fees associated with that damage.
Your commercial auto policy needs to adhere to the requirements set down in your state, so you should read your state or jurisdiction’s laws carefully to make sure your policy fulfills all criteria, so you don’t end up with legal fees or other expenses.
Make sure you understand the limits of your policy to fully understand what is covered.
Make sure to specify what your commercial vehicle is used for so you can add on extra protections for things like:
Vehicles that you own, hire, lease or use for business purposes can be covered under commercial auto insurance policies.
In fact, having a good commercial auto insurance policy is imperative for companies that use larger trucks.
Most states require commercial auto insurance, and even in those states, drivers are responsible for the damages they cause. Having auto insurance means your company won’t sink under the cost of medical bills.
If you've answered yes to these questions, you need commercial auto insurance. Talk to your insurance agent about what types of business auto insurance coverage make the most sense for your company.
Commercial auto insurance costs vary based on things like risk factors, geography, size of company, usage, and foreseeable hazards. You can adjust your cost by tailoring your policy to your exact driving conditions.
Maybe you regularly store your vehicles in a garage and never park them on the street. You may need less comprehensive auto insurance than if they routinely sat in a parking lot where they could be affected by the weather.
If you get into an accident, your insurance company will factor in who was at fault, the total cost of the claim, and what your history indicates your risk level to be. If it was a small fender bender and you haven’t had any accidents in the last five years, your rate may not go up at all. If it was a large claim, but you weren’t at fault, your rate also may not go up.
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