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Jim Ruebsam

Trucking Insurance Downtime Coverage

What is Downtime Coverage for Trucking Insurance?

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When it’s time to shop your trucking insurance, be sure & ask about downtime coverage! If a truck is in the repair shop for an extended period of time, it can cause significant issues for a motor carrier. To protect motor carriers if a truck is not drivable, a great A+ carrier will include “Downtime” coverage that could provide $450…

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Truckers Dual Facing Smart Dash Cam

Liability Insurance Requirement to Gain Your Own Trucking Authority? 

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What is the liability insurance requirement to gain your own Trucking Authority? Whether you have been an owner-operator leased under another company or just looking to start your own trucking business, one of the first steps is logging on the FMCSA website and applying for authority. The trucking authority filing is going to run you around $300 for interstate authority….

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First 24 Hours After Truck Crash

Legal Implications in the First 24 Hours After a Crash

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First 24 Hours After a Crash Can Affect Legal Implications Later Please take the time to read the excellent article, “First 24 Hours After a Crash Can Affect Legal Implications Later”, recently published in Transport Topics magazine. Drivers can often be confused and afraid after a major accident, not to mention any injuries they may have sustained. It’s critical for…

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Truckers Dual Facing Smart Dash Cam

Smart Dashcams & Truck Insurance

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Smart Dashcams for Proof Truckers are Driving Safely Do me a favor, on your way home from work today…go ahead and count how many drivers you pass that are texting on their phone! Insurance will be one of your biggest cost as you grow your trucking business. One thing insurance carrier’s love to see is you have safety systems in…

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IS THE STATED AMOUNT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IMPORTANT?

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COMMERCIAL VEHICLES – IS THE STATED AMOUNT IMPORTANT? When you’re coming up on your yearly commercial auto renewal, a good insurance broker is going to ask you to review your Power Units and determine whether the stated value for each power unit is accurate? In a total loss/wrecked truck situation, the insurance company will look at your stated amount and the actual cash value…

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Do I need trailer interchange coverage on my policy? 

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Do I need trailer interchange coverage on my policy? This entirely depends on what shipping companies you plan to work with and whether you’ll be pulling your own trailers or the shipping companies. One of my appointed carriers, Great West Casualty, has some really great coverages for trailer interchange agreements. Under a trailer interchange agreement, the shipping company’s coverage must be equal to your company’s coverage, as Physical Damage coverage will…

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Trucker Safety & Insurance - Smart Camera Technology

If It’s Not Documented, It Didn’t Happen

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If It’s Not Documented, It Didn’t Happen We meet with many fleet and safety managers who are boastful about their safety programs. However, when an insurance loss control representative asks for documentation to back up the good story, the evidence is scant. This is exactly what plaintiff’s attorneys love—a fleet with a weak driver training documentation system. Increasingly, insurance companies…

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Trucking & Economic Update Webinar - June 23, 2021

Great West to Host Trucking & Economic Update Webinar 6/23/21

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Great West to Host Trucking & Economic Update Webinar On June 23, 2021, Great West Casualty Company is proud to present its latest GPS webinar featuring Bob Costello, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations at the American Trucking Associations. As chief economist, Bob manages all of ATA’s collection, analysis, and dissemination of trucking…

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Unsafe Fleet Drivers Policy

Improving Unsafe Driving Policies – Operation Safe Driver Week

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Time To Beef Up Your Unsafe Driving Policies Operation Safe Driver Week 2021 To Focus on Speeding The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is promoting the 2021 Operation Safe Driver Week from July 11 – 17th this year. Safety-focused fleet managers should already have unsafe driving policies and procedures in place, but it’s critical that drivers understand that speeding, following…

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