Dump Truck Insurance in Charlotte, NC

Dump Truck Insurance in Charlotte, NC

Dump truck insurance is a common request here in Charlotte, NC.  Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and with that comes construction.  A lot of construction.  We know a lot about insuring dump trucks.  You will need to not only focus on NC state limits but Federal requirements as well.  Aside from those requirements, you will also see contract requirements for the company you are hired to drive for.  Finally, you should be concerned with not only requirements, but having proper coverage to protect yourself.

It is important to make sure that the registered owner of the vehicle is also the policyholder. Just as in personal auto insurance policies, the correct owner should be listed as the named insured. If your vehicle is registered in your business name, then you should also insure it in the business name instead of your personal name.

Next, you should determine what coverage you need. We will discuss the most important types here.

Physical Damage

Physical damage (comprehensive and collision) is required if you are making payments on the dump truck through a bank. Even if you own the vehicle free and clear and there is no bank, you should still strongly consider insuring the vehicle for comprehensive and collision losses. Most commercial companies will ask you for a stated amount for each vehicle requesting this coverage type. Stated amount is simply the value of the vehicle today. In the event of a loss, the insurance company will pay the value of the vehicle minus the deductible you choose on the policy.

Business Auto Liability

Liability coverage is the part of your insurance policy that is required by the state or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA before you can even get your tag. Most common limits of liability chosen on a dump truck policy would be either $750,000 or $1,000,000. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) will determine what limit of liability is required. To determine the required limit of liability you will need to provide them the following:

  • Gross vehicle weight(GVW) of the vehicle. This is the total weight of the vehicle when fully loaded to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Radius that the vehicle will be driven. This is the typical one-way mileage driven to each destination.
  • The items you will be hauling. For example dirt, sand, and gravel.
  • Whether or not you will be crossing state lines.

The minimum limits for most dump trucks not crossing NC state lines is $100,000/300,000/50,000.

Dump trucks crossing NC state lines will usually require limits of $750,000 combined single limit.

Here in NC there are many state and city projects that are calling heavily on dump truck operators. Here in Charlotte alone there is the light rail project, Interstate 485 expansion, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Independence Blvd expansion just to name a few.

To be on any of these projects will require a minimum auto liability of at least $1,000,000. This is higher than NC DMV and FMCSA requirements.  In addition to this, you will also likely be required to have many other additional policy types.

Medical Payments

Medical payments covers drivers or passengers.  Choose a limit here that will cover at the very least, a deductible of a health insurance claim made for an accident that causes bodily injury.  

Un/underinsured Motorist Coverage

Un/underinsured motorist coverage covers your bodily injury and property damage to your truck caused by an uninsured driver or under-insured driver.  You should consider the likelihood of your dump truck being hit by uninsured drivers or those who may only have state minimum liability.  The coverage you choose here should be enough to cover bodily injury to yourself or driver as well as your vehicle.

Workers Compensation

Any employee working for you should have workers compensation coverage.  This will not only cover the doctors bills in the event of an accident but also any loss of time at work.  

If you don’t have any employees but still have a contract requirement to have a workers compensation policy click here for some more information on that.  

Truckers General Liability

Certain contracts will require general liability.  This would cover claims outside of you or a driver being involved in an accident.  Negligence from a loss can cover both bodily injury and property damage losses.

Commercial Umbrella

A commercial umbrella policy is a form of a blanket limit that picks up and pays where your other underlying policies leave off.  To have an umbrella policy, you will be required by the insurance company to meet certain limits on those underlying policies.  It is very important to know what the umbrella policy is over.  If you have commercial auto, general liability, and workers compensation policies for your business, you should make sure the umbrella is over all of these policies for you to be adequately covered.

Dump Truck Liability

You don’t run your business like this so don’t let just anyone handle your insurance.

Rates for dump trucks are very affordable considering how often they are on the roads and how many miles are being driven each year.  A clean driving record will also help lower those rates even further. If we can help with any of your dump truck insurance questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 704-494-9495.

 

Special Event Insurance

Special Event Insurance

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If you are hosting a special event, you will likely be considering a general liability policy. This is a policy put in place to protect yourself and any liability against yourself or your organization if you are sued during the event.

Even if you don’t desire the insurance to protect yourself, you are likely going to be obligated to have it if you are holding your event on city, county, or even privately owned property. Many entities require you to have special event insurance policies to protect them from any lawsuits that may arise.

The most common limits that are required are $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate. Aggregate means the maximum limit the policy will pay out for that term. Lesser limits are available if that is all that is required.

These policies generally have shorter terms which would cover only that event for it’s duration. There are longer terms available, up to 1 full year, if you plan on having multiple events throughout the year. In many cases each event does not need to be specifically scheduled. You should definitely check with your agent to ensure that you will be covered though.

Additional Insureds

You will likely be required to list the city, county, or individual company that owns the venue or property where the event is being held as additional insured. By listing these entities as additional insureds, they receive additional rights on the policy and they are typically notified in writing if your policy is ever to cancel.

Common Additional Insured Types

Below is a list of common entities that may require you to have general liability insurance for your hosted event.

  • Venue owners (convention centers, concert halls, playhouses,etc.)
  • City of Charlotte (or other city, county, state)
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department or other county police force
  • Neighborhood condo or home association
  • Apartment complex owner
  • Church
  • School district

What exactly are we talking about when we discuss special event liability insurance? Below is a list of some common events that may require liability insurance.

Common Types of Events Requiring Insurance

  1. Concerts
  2. Sports tournaments
  3. Beauty shows
  4. Auto shows
  5. Conventions
  6. Dog shows
  7. Fairs
  8. Flea markets
  9. Food tastings
  10. Hay rides
  11. Parades
  12. Poker runs
  13. Walkathons
  14. Races
  15. Music festivals
  16. Wedding receptions
  17. Religious meetings
  18. Craft fairs
  19. Festivals
  20. Dances
  21. Sports camps or clinics
  22. Christmas tree farms

When you call to request a quote for insurance on your event you will need to have certain information available. This type of policy can be quoted and issued very easy. In fact, it is much easier than most commercial general liability policies. You will need to provide some basic information though. In order to quote and issue your event insurance policy the company would need to know the following:

Items needed for quoting

  • The event type
  • Date and times of event
  • Location of event
  • Number of attendees
  • How long the event will last
  • Number of set-up and take-down days
  • If there will be any beer, wine, or liquor served
  • If there is private security at the event
  • If there are amusement rides
  • If there will be fireworks
  • If there have been any prior losses or claims

Two common occurrences that are not covered under your special event liability insurance policy are liquor liability and workers compensation. We will discuss both briefly below. If you have a need for either you should discuss this with your insurance agent.

Liquor Liability

Liquor liability coverage is required when you sell, serve, or furnish alcoholic beverages to customers. Any liability that arises from over-serving patrons or selling to minors would be covered under a liquor liability policy. Your special event liability policy would limit or exclude such losses so make sure you have a liquor liability policy in place if you plan to sell alcohol at your event.

Workers Compensation

Workers compensation, also referred to as employers liability insurance, is an insurance policy that will cover your employees or subcontractors for any lost wages or medical payments from losses while they are hurt on the job. NC law requires that any business with 3 or more employees have a workers compensation policy in force. This includes independent contractors if they don’t have current coverage themselves. If you want to protect yourself for any employees injured while working at your event, you should purchase a workers comp policy to protect yourself since these losses will also be excluded from your special event liability policy.

I hope that this article has answered many of your questions regarding special event insurance.  Please call us at 704-494-9495 to discuss any other questions you may have or to clarify anything that we have not discussed. We specialize in special event policies of all kinds throughout Charlotte and all areas of North Carolina.

We also have a limited market offering online quotes.  If it doesn’t fit the target market of the companies on this rater, feel free to give us a call so we can shop our other markets. 

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Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance

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What is professional liability insurance and why do you need it?

One question people ask me a lot is: what is professional liability and what does it cover? Professional liability is like a general liability policy for industries that provide service and/or advice.  It is also commonly referred to as errors and omissions insurance.

This is not to say that a general liability policy should not be chosen in addition to a professional liability policy for these service industries. In some cases, especially when there is an office where customers visit, a general liability policy should also be considered.

Professional liability policies not only pay out for any awarded damages to another party but they can pay your cost of defense in these situations as well. So even if a suit is unwarranted, the cost to defend yourself can cripple your business if you don’t have a policy in place to protect you for this.

 

What types of industries need professional liability or errors and omissions policies?

Professional Liability in NC

What is a retroactive or retro date?

Professional liability policies are on a claims made basis. What this means is that your policy would cover any losses that arose during that policy period only. A retroactive date can be used on these policies that will go back to the original date you began your business.

So if your policy was in effect from 04/01/2018-04/01/2019, your expiring policy would no longer be on the hook for any claims made after that expiration date of that policy. If you moved to another insurance company that began on 04/01/2019 then they would pay out on any claims made after 04/01/2019 regardless on when the said error occurred.

If you started your business in June of 2003 than that would be your retroactive date on your policy so any losses during that policy term would pay out for any errors that occurred since your business began. This is why your rates for errors and omissions policies increase the longer you are in business.

What is tail coverage or extended reporting period?

Tail coverage, also known as extended reporting coverage, cover claims arising after the policy period is over.  This is common on a business owner that retires or sells his business.  You pay a premium based on how long this tail coverage extends for.

What does retention mean in professional liability?

Retention, when referring to professional liability insurance, refers quite simply to your deductible.  Typically deductibles chosen are much higher for these policy types.  Most common retention ranges from $0 to $10,000 with the most common around $2,500.  This means that if you have a loss you will be responsible for your deductible before your insurance company begins paying on the claim.  Keep that in mind if you choose a higher retention option.

What are some common claims covered on professional liability?

  • Errors
  • Omissions
  • Breach of contract
  • Misrepresentation
  • Inaccurate advice

Let’s give a few more examples of real life claim situations.

  • A computer consulting and security company provides you with advice on how to keep your computer server and customer data safe.  The advice they provide is less than adequate to prevent a data breach.   This results in client information being stolen.  You then file a professional liability claim against the consulting company’s policy.

 

  • You hire a property manager to manage a rental property for you.  A guest of the tenant falls due to a broken step.  You file a claim against the property manager’s professional liability policy for failure to maintain safe conditions of the property.

 

  • You buy a property from a real estate agent to use as business office.  Your agent wrongfully tells you that this will be fine.  Due to zoning laws, you are forbidden from using that property for your business office.  You file a claim against the real estate agent’s professional liability policy.

 

You should be aware that a professional liability policy is likely not enough for you to be covered in every situation.  These policies will not cover you if you cause bodily injury or property damage to someone outside the scope of a professional liability policy.  This is why we would recommend you having a general liability or BOP policy to supplement this policy to avoid any uncovered items arising.

If you have any further questions as to what policy is best for your business, please give us a call at 704-494-9495 and we would be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

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Garage Insurance

Garage Insurance

Garage repair facilities have special insurance requirements that can be a bit different from other types of businesses.  You have a liability exposure not only your business location, but also for your customer’s vehicles.  This makes garage insurance in a class by itself.  There are several different insurance policy types you will want to make sure you are covered for.  

Your policy or policies should likely cover all or most of these exposures. Insurance for these businesses can be quite confusing.  In fact, even some insurance agents get confused on proper policy coverage required.  Like for instance, what is the difference between garage liability and garage keepers legal liability insurance?  That is why you should be dealing with an expert.  We will discuss some of the specifics now.   

 

Types of Repair Shops 

There are many types of shops where the described coverage come into play. 

Below is a list of the more common types of garage shops in Charlotte, NC. 

  • Auto Body Shop 
  • Auto Repair Shop 
  • Brake Shop 
  • Tire Shop 
  • Truck Repair Shop 
  • Car Wash 
  • Fix It Yourself Garage 

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Some of the common insurance policy types are shown below.

Business Owners Policy (BOP) 

A business owner’s insurance policy covers liability for your premises along with many other coverage options.  There are a lot of bells and whistles on these policy types but make sure the requested endorsements have been added because some may have to be selected as an add-on individually. 

Some common BOP coverage types include: 

  • General Liability 
  • Signage 
  • Business Interruption Insurance 
  • Property Coverage 
  • Crime Insurance 
  • Cyber Liability 
  • Personal Advertising Injury 
  • Equipment Breakdown 
  • Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) 

Garage Liability 

Garage liability covers any damage incurred while driving a covered vehicle.  This could be a vehicle owned by the business and scheduled on the policy, a customer’s vehicle, or an employee’s vehicle used in the business.  The vehicle itself is not covered under this coverage type, only what is hit by that vehicle.  We will discuss this under garage keepers legal liability (GKLL).  Garage liability will also extend to premises liability as well.  This means that there would be coverage for a slip and fall of a client whi