At Beehive Insurance Agency we have been specializing in and focusing on truck insurance for over 30 years. During this time we have seen many insurance companies and agencies come and go. We have also seen trucking companies come and go. Some of these trucking companies might still be around today if they had made a better or more informed decision regarding their insurance coverage. It is our belief that your choice of agent and insurance company is critical to the long term success of your trucking company. While price is important, it is not the only factor that should be considered when choosing your truck insurance provider. Insurance may seem like a lot of money for something you hope you never use. However, it is an investment in the protection of your assets and your livelihood. As you sit across from your insurance agent, here are some key questions to ask: 1 ) Does the company/insurance agent specialize in truck insurance?
- If not, how many truck insureds do they have?
- What percentage of their business is truck insurance?
- What is the insurance company’s A.M. Best rating?
- Are they financially strong enough to pay a “limit of coverage” loss on a frequent basis?
- Why did they place the coverage with that company?
- Is cost their only consideration?
2 ) Is the coverage offered suited for Trucking?
- Off temperature cargo coverage
- Freight charges
- Cargo coverage in absence of damage
- Delay resulting in direct loss
- Cargo co-insurance provision
3 ) Who will be handling your claims?
- What office handles claims and do they have 24-hour claims service with adjusters on call at all times? (If so, test this – call them this weekend at 2:00 a.m.)
- Will you be talking to the same individuals on each claim?
- How long does it take the company to get you back on the road?
- Do they use adjusters who are exclusively familiar with truck claims?
- How does the claims department minimize your loss?
- Does the insurance company have a working relationship with area shops?
4 ) Does the insurance company pursue your claim, even though they are not involved?
- Do they have staff (or an entire department) to assist you in the collection of your deductibles or downtime when the other party is at fault?
- How much did they collect for their insureds last year?
5 ) Are all coverages with one company? (Liability, physical damage, cargo, general liability, bailee, etc.)
- Has your agent sacrificed your security and convenience for a low price?
6 ) Do they provide safety and loss control services?7 ) Are they flexible in their underwriting procedures?
- Do you get to talk to the underwriter if a problem arises?
8 ) Does the agent or insurance company get involved in your state or local trucking events and associations? How?1 Running a trucking company has its own set of challenges. We want to make sure your insurance coverage isn’t one of them.  “Insurance is an Investment: Choose Wisely,” Inside Coverage, Great West Casualty Company, Winter 2011