Commercial Auto Coverage
Commercial Auto Coverage Insurance is a policy of physical damage and liability coverages for amounts, situations, and usage not covered by a personal auto policy. Knowing the difference between a personal auto insurance policy and a commercial auto policy (and when you need which) is important business—for your business. This type of business insurance covers a variety of vehicles—from automobiles used for business, including company cars, to a wide variety of commercial trucks. Box trucks, food trucks, work vans and service utility trucks are just a few examples of larger commercial vehicles which also require coverage, including coverage for employees operating the vehicle and possibly the equipment inside. You may have heard of this coverage referred to as commercial auto insurance, commercial car insurance, truck insurance, or fleet insurance.
Why do you need Commercial Auto Coverage?
That’s a good question. Certain business usage and vehicle types may be excluded from personal policies. Why? Since personal auto policies were not meant for businesses, they are written and rated differently. More important to you—a business owner or manager—businesses often need the particular coverage found in a commercial auto insurance policy.
Determining whether your situation requires commercial auto coverage can still be confusing. Here’s a little more information and examples of when you need commercial insurance.
What does Commercial Auto Coverage cover?
Commercial vehicle insurance, like your personal auto policy, provides similar coverage such as liability, collision, comprehensive, medical payments (or personal injury protection) and uninsured motorist coverage. However, there are also differences between a commercial auto insurance policy and your personal auto policy that may include eligibility, definitions, coverages, exclusions, and limits.
What are the coverages in a Commercial Auto Coverage policy?
- Bodily injury liability coverage – pays for bodily injury or death resulting from an accident for which you are at fault and in most cases provides you with a legal defense.
- Property damage liability coverage – provides you with protection if your vehicle accidently damages another person’s property and in most cases provides you with a legal defense.
- Combined single limit (CSL) – Liability policies typically offer separate limits that apply to bodily injury claims for property damage. A combined single limits policy has the same dollar amount of coverage per covered occurrence whether bodily injury or property damage, one person or several.
- Medical payments, no-fault or personal injury coverage – usually pays for the medical expenses of the driver and passengers in your vehicle incurred as a result of a covered accident regardless of fault.