Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hired & Non-Owned Auto Liability

Even if your business doesn’t have any vehicles titled in the business name, there is still an auto coverage that you should always have. That coverage is called Hired & Non-Owned Auto Liability. To help best explain this coverage here is an example claim. Say that you had an employee who during the lunch hour ran the daily deposit to the bank. They used their own vehicle for this errand. Let’s say that unfortunately during her trip to the bank she caused an auto accident. Now, the first auto insurance policy that would react to this claim is going to be your employee’s personal auto policy, however, if they don’t have any insurance or if their insurance is not enough to take care of the damages, there is a good chance that your business could be drug into a law suit. That is where Hired & Non-Owned Auto Liability steps in and helps protect your business.

Hired & Non-Owned Auto Liability can be written to provide protection for your business when you either hire or rent vehicles for business use and/or your employees use their vehicles on business for you. The premium for Hired Auto Liability protection is based on rental costs. You can also add protection for physical damage to the rented vehicle as an alternative to buying Collision Damage Waiver from the rental car company. The premium for Non-owned Auto Liability is based on the number of employees you have.

So even if your business doesn’t own any vehicles that does not mean that you don’t have an auto liability risk.