One common question that many small business owners with commercial vehicles have is whether their insurance policies would be the same in any state, or whether they would be different from state to state. This is important for several reasons, and here, we’ll discuss a few specifics about what to expect.
The basics of commercial auto insurance will be the same anywhere you go. This includes the types of policies which are available to you, the forms of protection and the coverage they offer. However, from there things definitely change in different locales.
This is due to different legal requirements and specific regulations in various states across the country. One state may set a higher or lower minimum coverage level for a particular type of commercial auto insurance, whereas another may mandate that you add on a specific form of coverage that a different state doesn’t require you to get at all.
Therefore, it’s very important to be familiar with the laws in your state, and how they affect your specific industry. If you’re a licensed professional in a regulated field, in order to maintain that licensure you may also need to meet further insurance requirements.
As a small business owner operating any type of commercial vehicle, this is important if you’re considering moving your business from one state to the next. It’s also worth considering if you’re expanding into new states and regions beyond your current base of operations.
But also, with commercial vehicles, it’s essential to consider how this affects you and your business when you’re involved with interstate commerce. If you’re a commercial truck offering moving services across the country or general freight services, what are your insurance requirements then?
In most cases, the laws and regulations of where your business is headquartered apply, but things may get tricky depending on what type of business you’re in, the vehicle you’re using, the task you’re performing or service you’re providing, and so forth. That’s why it’s always so important to work with an insurance professional who can guide you through the process of obtaining the right coverage.
You don’t want to get stuck being unprotected when you need it the most, but you don’t want to end up paying for excessive policies that you don’t even need either. Be sure to consider where you live, the type of vehicle you have, what you do, and other specific industry requirements, and work with an experienced insurance agent who will find the right policy for you.
John Rothschild is the owner of ACI Insurance Services, a leading provider of Florida commercial insurance for more than 10 years. ACI is known for their customer service, their extensive experience and knowledge of the industry, and their affordable rates, and they’ll do everything they can to meet the needs of their clients.