Category Archives: Commercial Auto Insurance

Dangers of a Personal Auto on a Business Policy

Dangers of a Personal Auto on a Business Policy 

Young Asian Engineer working with laptop computer while sitting on car trunk at parking lotWhile It is true that using a vehicle for business while insured on a personal policy could potentially void all coverage, there are also pitfalls insuring your personally owned and titled vehicle on your business policy. Consider the following:

  • If a vehicle is NOT titled in the company name, but the insurance coverage is in the business name, coverage can be denied. This includes both physical damage AND liability protection for you or others.
  • No-fault personal injury protection may not be included.
  • Coverage may not extend to other drivers
  • Liability protection might not follow you when driving vehicles other than your own the way a personal policy does. This can apply both when you borrow and rent a vehicle.

Depending on your specific situation, there are various ways to make sure you are not left financially vulnerable. The insurance professionals at Cobb-Hall may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Endorsements to your business policy are available to close gaps between business and personal insurance policies. These include “drive other car” and “hired and non-owned”.
  • It is best for family members in your household to have a personal policy instead of adding their car to the business policy.
  • Often a personal insurance policy, with multi-policy discounts, is more cost effective.
  • Many times legal gaps can be avoided by contracts and leasebacks. A professional can provide the needed forms to sign.

Contact  Cobb-Hall to help you with determine the best solution for you.

 

 

Equipment Breakdown

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Whatever your business; from a freelance graphic designer with a computer set up worth thousands of dollars, to a manufacturer with millions of dollars worth of equipment, if your equipment breaks down your business may too.  When your computers, machines and other equipment work properly, your business runs smoothly. But when a vital piece of equipment breaks down, you’re stuck while the equipment or wiring is repaired or replaced. During that time, you may have to pay for servicing and lose revenue while your business cannot operate. The costs can be huge. Equipment Breakdown Insurance is a necessity in this technological age. You can cover your equipment repair costs and reimburse yourself for lost income. Coverage typically covers a number of equipment related issues. Some examples are:

  • Payment to fix or replace failed equipment
  • Reimbursement for labor and time costs to fix or replace failed equipment
  • Replace lost business income due to equipment failure that leads to business stoppage
  • Cover costs to minimize losses or to get equipment working and productive faster
  • Reimburse for loss of materials or goods, such as spoiled food due to equipment shut down

Equipment Breakdown Coverage includes many options. Let the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

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Drive Other Car Coverage

Drive Other Car Insurance

If you have a company vehicle and do not have a personal auto policy, you are at risk if you rent, Driving at sunset. View from the driver angle whileborrow, test drive or lease another car. A commercial policy ONLY covers you while driving the assigned company vehicle. Many business owners save money by insuring their private vehicles on company policies, not realizing they have NO COVERAGE if they drive another vehicle.

If you are an executive of a partnership or corporation, Drive Other Car coverage can be added to your existing commercial policy to protect you and your spouse. When using a vehicle other than your company vehicle, this coverage provides the same protection to vehicles you use that you have on your company vehicle.

With Drive Other Car coverage in place, if your neighbor lends you his pickup truck, you will have coverage to protect yourself, in the case of an accident, if you are injured or sued for injury to someone else. This coverage will also apply if the owner has low liability limits.

Commercial Insurance can be complicated, contact the experts at Cobb-Hall Insurance for innovative solutions designed specifically for your needs

 

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Steps for Handling A Business Loss

What to do in Case of a Business Loss

At the time of a loss, sometimes it is difficult to know what steps to take.  Your insurance contract Emergency exit signsrequires that you report all claims promptly, so be sure to contact them as soon as possible after a loss. Once the insurance company assigns an adjuster, you will be able to deal directly with the adjuster to settle your claim.Your agent is there to help you, so if you have any delay or problem settling your claim, be sure to contact your agent.

Here are some tips to assist you in case of loss.

Property Claim

  • Contact proper authorities. (Fire Department, Police, Etc.)
  • Protect property from further damage.Contact: Utilities (gas, electric),                                      Contractor (board windows, cover hole in roof)
  • If possible, take photos of damage before emergency repairs are made.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the loss. An adjuster will be assigned.
  • Discuss the next steps with your adjuster. (what contractor to call, when to schedule repairs, etc.)
  • Be sure to keep a record of costs and retain receipts.

Automobile Claim

  • Contact the police.
  • Stay safe and out of traffic. Warn oncoming traffic if needed.
  • Check if medical assistance is needed. Call an ambulance if necessary.
  • Collect information: vehicles, drivers, address & phone numbers, license & plate numbers, insurance policy numbers, police report number, witness contact information, etc.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the loss.
  • If vehicle is not drivable, have it towed to a repair shop.
  • Discuss the next steps with your adjuster. Do not authorize repairs before the adjuster gives authorization.

Liability Claim- In the event of injury or property damage you allegedly cause

  • If injury is involved, provide assistance and call an ambulance and/or the police if necessary.
  • Obtain details: name, address, contact information for those involved, witnesses, description of event, etc.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the  incident.
  • Forward all correspondence, including attorney summons and court documents to the insurance company.
  • Refer all claim questions to your adjuster, including from the other party’s attorney.

Workers’ Compensation Claim

  • If injury is involved, provide assistance and call ambulance and/or police if necessary.
  • Obtain details: name, address, contact information of those involved, witnesses, description of event, etc.
  • Complete state-mandated accident reporting form (form 100). Contact your insurance company/agent to obtain this form.
  • Contact your Workers’ Compensation Insurance company or agent to report the incident.
  • Forward all correspondence, including attorney summons & court documents to the insurance company..
  • Follow instructions from your adjuster and refer all claim questions to your insurance adjuster.

Contact the professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance to provide solutions for your business insurance needs.

Hired and Non-Owned Auto Coverage

If employees use their vehicle for business, it  may leave a huge coverage gap.

If an employee uses their own vehicle at work or runs an errandDriving in summer for their employer,  the company could be held financially responsible in case of an accident. Usually a business auto policy only protects against loss involving company-owned vehicles and an employee’s personal auto policy  excludes business use. This can present a coverage gap. Even if a business rarely uses non-owned autos, it only takes one serious accident to create a significant loss for the business

How Non-Owned Automobile Coverage eliminates coverage gap

If your company has a business auto policy, make sure it includes coverage for hired and non-owned automobiles. Non-owned autos are vehicles owned by others (such as an employee) that are used for business purposes for their employer.

If your business does not own any automobiles, it is possible to purchase coverage for only losses involving use of Hired and Non-owned vehicles. The ‘hired’ portion would cover your business for liability purposes when renting a vehicle for business use. The ‘non-owned’ portion would cover employees using their own auto in the business.

Make sure your limit for Hired and Non-owned coverage is enough to cover large court judgments.  Non-owned coverage will protect both the business and the employee for liability, but this does not cover the damage to the employee’s auto.

Contact Cobb-Hall Insurance for solutions designed specifically for your needs.

Excerpts from:  Insurance Publishing Plus, Inc., 2014