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As a business owner, you need the same kinds of insurance coverages for the car you use in your business as you do for a car used for personal travel -- liability, collision and comprehensive, medical payments (known as personal injury protection in some states) and coverage for uninsured motorists. In fact, many business people use the same vehicle for both business and pleasure. If the vehicle is owned by the business, make sure the name of the business appears on the policy as the "principal insured" rather than your name. This will avoid possible confusion in the event that you need to file a claim or a claim is filed against you.
Whether you need to buy a business auto insurance policy will depend on the kind of driving you do. A good insurance agent will ask you many details about how you use vehicles in your business, who will be driving them and whether employees, if you have them, are likely to be driving their own cars for your business.
Because commercial insurance rates can vary greatly from one company to the next, Insurance Plus compares prices and coverages of multiple providers to save you hundreds of dollars in premium. Click here for an Instant Online Insurance Quote.
While the major coverages are the same, a business auto policy differs from a personal auto policy in many technical respects. Ask your insurance agent to explain all the differences and options.
|What does a Progressive commercial car or truck insurance policy offer you?
- Rates for a wide range of vehicle uses and driver types.
- Coverage limits of up to $1 million.
- Flexible payment options.
|In addition, Progressive provides commercial truck and car insurance policyholders with our superior claims service.
We Match Your Needs with Experts
|Progressive understands that when your business vehicle is in an accident, you’re not just inconvenienced – your livelihood is impacted. That’s why our commercial auto claims service approach is to match your specific needs with the appropriate experts.
Light Commercial Vehicles - Where it's available, you can choose Progressive’s concierge level of claims service, in which we take care of all of the details of the claim and repair. In other locations, you can choose to have your vehicle repaired using a facility in Progressive's network of repair shops. In either case, the work is guaranteed for as long as you own or lease the vehicle. Or, you can use a repair shop of your own choosing.
Examples of light commercial vehicles include private passenger vehicles used for business purposes, such as pickup trucks, vans, automobiles and SUVs.
Large Trucks – Most large truck or more complex physical damage repairs are handled by Progressive's in-house commercial auto field specialists, located throughout the country. Our field specialists offer in-depth knowledge and expertise in truck repairs, averaging 15 years in truck repair management.
Examples of large trucks include tractors, dump trucks, flat bed trucks and tow trucks.
Our ongoing training helps ensure a superior claims experience for you
Progressive Claims Service offers its representatives ongoing training in commercial auto claims at our industry-leading, commercial auto-specific training facility in Tempe, Arizona. This training helps ensure we provide the superior claims service you’ve come to expect from Progressive.
Just call us at 1-800-925-2886 or report your claim online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll help get you back in business fast.
If you have a personal umbrella liability policy, there's generally an exclusion for business-related liability. Make sure you have sufficient auto liability coverage.
Unfortunately for every business owner, the chances of getting sued have dramatically increased in the last decade. General Liability insurance can prevent a legal suit from turning into a financial disaster by providing financial protection in case your business is ever sued or held legally responsible for some injury or damage.
General Liability pays losses arising from real or alleged bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury on your business premises or arising from your operations. The Hartford's liability programs extend far beyond the provisions of typical policies, with broadened coverage and increased limits in over 30 areas.
Broad Range of General Liability Protection
- Bodily Injury, including the cost of care, the loss of services, and the restitution for any death that results from injury
- Property Damage coverage for the physical damage to property of others or the loss of use of that property
- Products-Completed Operations provides liability protection (damages and legal expenses up to your policyâ€™s limit) if an injury ever resulted from something your company made or service your company provided
- Products Liability is a more specialized product liability insurance that protects your company against lawsuits from product-related injury or accidents
- Contractual Liability extends to any liability you may assume by entering into a variety of contracts
- Other coverage includes: Reasonable Use of Force; Borrowed Equipment; Liquor Liability; Non-Owned Vehicles (such as aircraft and watercraft); Fire, Lightning or Explosion Damage; Water Damage Liability Protection; Legal Defense Costs; Medical Payments; Personal Injury; Advertising Injury; and specialized liability protection for specific business types
Workers compensation laws were created to ensure that employees who are injured on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards. This eliminates the need for litigation and creates an easier process for the employee. It also helps control the financial risks for employers since many states limit the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer.
Workers Compensation Insurance is designed to help companies pay these benefits. As a protection for employees, most states require that employers carry some form of Workers Compensation Insurance. Workers Compensation Insurance is not health insurance. Workers Compensation is designed specifically for injuries sustained on the job.
In most states, if you have employees, you are required to carry Workers Compensation coverage. Even in non-mandatory states, it can be a very good idea, particularly if you have many employees, or if they are engaged in hazardous activities.
Do I need workers compensation insurance?
Employers have a legal responsibility to their employees to make the workplace safe. However, accidents happen even when every reasonable safety measure has been taken.
To protect employers from lawsuits resulting from workplace accidents and to provide medical care and compensation for lost income to employees hurt in workplace accidents, in almost every state, businesses are required to buy workers compensation insurance. Workers compensation insurance covers workers injured on the job, whether they're hurt on the workplace premises or elsewhere, or in auto accidents while on business. It also covers work-related illnesses.
Workers compensation provides payments to injured workers, without regard to who was at fault in the accident, for time lost from work and for medical and rehabilitiation services. It also provides death benefits to surviving spouses and dependents.
Each state has different laws governing the amount and duration of lost income benefits, the provision of medical and rehabilitation services and how the system is administered. For example, in most states there are regulations that cover whether the worker or employer can choose the doctor who treats the injuries and how disputes about benefits are resolved.
Workers compensation insurance must be bought as a separate policy. Although in-home business and business owners policies (BOPs) are sold as package policies, they don't include coverage for workers' injuries.
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