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Commercial Auto Insurance in Today’s Market 2023

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Commercial Auto Insurance in Today’s Dynamic Market

As a ten-year veteran in the insurance industry with Hotaling Insurance Services, I’ve witnessed firsthand the evolving landscape of commercial auto insurance. This insurance is not just a policy; it’s a vital safeguard for businesses in motion, covering vehicles from cars and SUVs to vans and trucks. With the rising costs and complexities of vehicle ownership, understanding the nuances of automobile insurance policies, from liability to collision and comprehensive coverage, is crucial for any business.


Case Study: A Local Landscaping Company’s Insurance Journey

Let’s consider a local landscaping company in our community. They relied on a fleet of vans and trucks, essential for transporting tools, materials, and staff. After a minor accident resulted in costly repairs and legal expenses, they realized the importance of comprehensive  insurance. Their policy covered not only the physical damage but also the medical bills of the injured party, showcasing the critical role of adequate coverage in mitigating financial risks.


What’s New in Commercial Auto Insurance?

  1. Increased Claim Payments: In 2022, commercial auto liability saw an average statutory closed claim payment increase by 18%​​.
  2. Trend Towards Usage-Based Insurance: Around 78% of insurers are preparing for usage-based insurance (UBI) products, reflecting a shift in the market​​.
  3. Rate Increases: Due to various cost-driving trends, policyholders can expect rate increases throughout 2023, especially for larger fleets or those with a poor loss history​​.
  4. Impact of Social Inflation: Between 2012 and 2021, social inflation led to a $30 billion increase in commercial auto liability claims​​.


Top 11 Must-Know Facts About Commercial Auto Insurance

  1. Comprehensive Coverage: Protects against non-collision incidents like theft, vandalism, and hail damage.
  2. Collision Coverage: Covers damages from accidents involving another vehicle or object.
  3. Liability Insurance: Essential for covering bodily injuries and property damage caused by your vehicles.
  4. Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Crucial for accidents involving drivers with insufficient insurance.
  5. Medical Payments Coverage: Handles medical expenses for you and your passengers regardless of fault.
  6. Rental Car Coverage: Useful for businesses needing temporary replacements for their insured vehicles.
  7. Hired and Non-Owned Auto Insurance: A must for businesses using rented or employee-owned vehicles.
  8. Deductibles and Limits: Understanding these terms helps in selecting the right balance between coverage and costs.
  9. Discounts and Competitive Rates: Shopping around and leveraging discounts can significantly lower premiums.
  10. Online Policy Access: Modern insurers offer digital access to policies for ease of management.
  11. Claims Service: Efficient claims service can make a big difference in managing post-accident processes.



Looking ahead, the landscape is likely to continue evolving with technological advancements and changing market dynamics. Businesses must stay informed and adapt to these changes to ensure adequate protection. Partnering with a knowledgeable insurance provider can help navigate these complexities, ensuring peace of mind and financial security.




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