Umbrella insurance defined: What is it?

Umbrella insurance is extra liability insurance. This type of insurance policy is designed to help protect you from major claims and lawsuits and as a result it helps protect your assets and your future. It does this in two ways:

  1. Provides additional liability coverage above the limits of your current General and Auto Liability policies. This protection is designed to kick in when the liability on these other policies has been exhausted.
  2. Provides coverage for claims that may be excluded by other liability policies including: false arrest, libel, slander, and liability coverage on rental units you own.

What does umbrella insurance cover?

What does Umbrella insurance cover?

If you are a trucking company, you may have gaps (uncovered exposures) between your policies or you primary liability insurance limits are too low.

Umbrella insurance is an inexpensive way to cover these holes and increase your limits of liability. Make sure you read the policy details carefully to see what it covers. Some policies may exclude key risks in your operation.

Do you need Umbrella/Excess Liability Insurance?

Just do a quick google search for “truck accident” and see how many truck lawyers there are that are ready to litigate. You need this coverage to defend against lawsuits that can easily outstrip your current policy maximums.

According to the statistics nearly 10% of firms have had a multi-million judgment awarded against them.

Semi trucks are heavy and can cause an extraordinary amount of damage. Umbrella insurance kicks in and pays out when you exceed the limits of your existing policies. When lawsuits can easily exceed your policy limits, this coverage is a must.

Protect your assets with an umbrella policy, because they will be liquidated to pay damages if a jury award is above your insurance policy limits and you can’t pay the difference out of pocket.

Trucking Umbrella Limits and Rates

Umbrella coverage is sold in $1,000,000 increments.

Some companies write umbrella policies up to $50,000,000. You should talk to a competent truck insurance agent that can help your evaluate and cover your various exposures.

Because increased jury awards, the rates for Trucker’s Umbrella insurance has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. A trucking umbrella insurance policy starts around $2,500/year.

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