What coverage options are available under flatbed truck insurance?
Flatbed truck policies generally surpass the state’s minimum coverage requirements. There are a variety of protections that these policies might offer, including both property coverages and liability coverages.
Property coverages generally protect the business’s assets, including the truck and other assets, against loss or damage. Some common property coverages for flatbeds are:
- Comprehensive Coverage: Normally insures against non-collision damages like theft, fire, wind damage, falling trees or animals.
- Collision Coverage: Normally insures against damages collision damages, which are typically defined as involving another moving vehicle.
- Towing & Storage Coverage: Normally insures against expenses related to towing and storage following a covered event that results in damage.
- Ramp, Binder, Tarp & Chain Coverage: Normally insures equipment utilized on trucks, including ramps, binders, tarps and chains.
- Earned Freight Coverage: Normally insures against losses related to accounts receivable that are unpaid because of a covered event.
- Loading & Unloading Coverage: Normally insures cargo during the processes of loading and unloading goods.
Liability coverages generally protect in situations where the business could be responsible for injury or property damage that another party suffers. Some oft-purchased liability protections are:
- General Liability Coverage: May apply if there are non-auto accidents on the business’s premises or around its truck. Usually only covers accidents involving non-employees, such as slips and falls where passersby are injured.
- Bodily Injury Liability: May apply if there are auto accidents resulting in injuries to individuals who are not employees.
- Property Damage Liability: May apply if there are auto accidents resulting in damage to another vehicle, or to any other business’s or non-employee’s property.
- Commercial Umbrella: May apply if there are exceptionally large lawsuits or claims that surpass the limits of other liability coverages.
For a detailed explanation of these and additional coverage options, businesses should consult with a specialized insurance agent. An agent who specifically knows flatbed policies will be familiar with the coverage adjustments that these policies frequently have.
Can flatbed tow trucks be insured under flatbed truck policies?
While flatbed tow trucks might potentially find adequate coverage within a flatbed truck policy, these policies are primarily intended for other flatbed trucks. They might be used for a truck that transports multiple vehicles from auctions, but are even more often purchased for larger trucks. Their protections don’t necessarily meet the needs of tow truck operators.
Instead, a tow truck policy is likely a better choice for tow truck operators.
How can Massachusetts businesses get flatbed insurance for their trucks?
If you need insurance for a flatbed truck that’s registered in Massachusetts, contact the independent insurance agents at Paul T. Murphy Insurance. We’ll make sure you find flatbed insurance that’ll protect your trucks well.