There comes a time when a business owner can avoid finger-pointing and a “who is ultimately responsible” type of situation if they are familiar with motor carrier safety rules, laws and even guidelines that can all be addressed with Freight Broker Insurance. Business owners in this industry have a lot on their plates as they focus on operating their business. Often they may not be fully aware of everything that can help protect them and the best interests of their operation.
Let’s check out the “for instance” situation that was recently cited in the Transport Topics Issue of Trucking and Freight Transportation News – “Carriers that re-broker freight — again without separate broker authority and bond — usually are held to retain full liability as the carrier for the cargo (even though they did not transport it), but they will likely have no insurance protection for the actions of the brokered truck.” In cases like this often the business owners are not aware of what is necessary to protect them and their business in complicated and even ordinary situations.
This is why it is important to work with knowledgeable people who specialize in this type of industry. First, you should consult with your insurance agent and possibly even check with your attorney. Together with your property and general liability package there are some other coverage options that you should consider.
It is recommended that brokers obtain vicarious auto liability insurance. That will enable your insurer to defend you if you are named in a lawsuit. Be aware that this type of coverage widely varies, so get an expert to help you review the terms and conditions to make sure it is right for you. Another option is contingent cargo coverage. This will help cover some of the gaps that might be contained in the policy that the carrier has in place. You can’t be sure what exactly their policy covers, so it is a good idea to play it safe. This is also another type of insurance coverage that is not always the same in policies. You can easily find out more details if you simply contact us to learn more and get answer to your questions.