Commercial auto insurance insures your vehicles for physical damage and liability coverages for amounts, situations, and usage not covered by a personal auto policy. This type of business insurance covers a variety of vehicles and is also referred to as commercial car insurance, truck insurance, or fleet insurance. Our agents at American Tri-Star Insurance Services Inc. will help you find the best coverage for your business.
Why do you need California commercial auto insurance?
In general, if a vehicle is used in tasks related to the operator’s occupation, profession, or business, other than commuting, a commercial policy is necessary. However, there are some other circumstances that require commercial auto insurance as well:
- If you are using your auto to transport goods or people for a fee or if you use your auto to conduct a service, you may need a commercial auto insurance policy.
- A commercial auto policy may be appropriate if you need higher limits of liability because of the nature of your work.
- Hauling a considerable weight in tools or equipment or towing a trailer used to conduct your business may require a commercial auto insurance policy.
- A commercial insurance policy may be needed if employees operate the auto or if ownership is in the name of a corporation or partnership.
What is the difference between commercial auto insurance and Personal?
Commercial auto insurance, like your personal auto policy, provides similar coverages such as liability, collision, comprehensive, medical payments (or personal injury protection), and uninsured motorists coverage to California businesses. In contrast, your commercial auto insurance and personal auto insurance policies may differ in their eligibility, definitions, coverages, exclusions, and limits. More specifically, unlike some personal policies, most commercial auto policies are “named driver only” policies, meaning only those drivers listed on the policy can operate the vehicle.
What does commercial auto insurance cover?
- Bodily injury liability coverage – pays for bodily injury or death resulting from an accident for which you are at fault; also provides legal defense.
- Property damage liability coverage – provides you with protection if your car accidentally damages another person’s property; also provides legal defense.
- Combined single limit (CSL) – Liability policies typically offer separate limits that apply to bodily injury claims for property damage. A combined single limits policy has the same dollar amount of coverage per covered occurrence whether bodily injury or property damage; one person or several.
- Medical payments, no-fault or Personal Injury Coverage – usually pays for the medical expenses of the driver and passengers in your car incurred as a result of a covered accident, regardless of fault.
- Uninsured motorist coverage – pays for your injuries and, in some circumstances, certain property damage caused by an uninsured or a hit-and-run driver. In some cases, underinsured motorist coverage is also included. This is for cases in which the at-fault driver has insufficient insurance.
- Comprehensive physical damage coverage – pays for damage to or replacement of your car from theft, vandalism, flood, fire, and other covered perils.
- Collision coverage – pays for damage to your car if it hits or is hit by another object.
Providing Commercial Auto Insurance in California
With many different options available out there, commercial car insurance can be confusing. We can help you with your commercial vehicle insurance needs in San Diego and other regions in California including Long Beach, Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Contact one of our agents to handle your California commercial auto insurance needs.