Know Your Drivers: Employees or Owner Operators?

High-visibility suits in recent weeks against FedEx Ground and Amazon underscore the importance of properly classifying drivers as owner operators or employees. With more than 30 states now toughening their laws, the costs and risks of misclassification are mounting. Whether your firm does it intentionally or accidentally makes little difference; you’re likely to face a […]

Owner Operators Or Employees Do You Know The Difference?

Do you staff your trucking company with owner operators or employees? If you think that you use owner operators, you may be incorrect. Companies across the US are misclassifying their employees and that mistake can cost them. Owner Operator vs Employee Independent contractor misclassification is common across all types of businesses, including the trucking industry. […]

Trucking Industry Improvements Need to Consider Industry Divisions and Variances

The trucking industry is the central nervous system of America’s economy; without a highly functioning national freight system U.S. commerce would come to a standstill. Over 85% of domestic cargo is shipped by the commercial truck drivers; even other means of transportation (i.e. air, railroad and seaport) all depend on trucks to provide access to […]

Public Views on Minimum Insurance Requirements for Truck Drivers Wanted

Should the U.S. raise the minimum mandatory commercial truck insurance coverage levels? There are proponents on both side of this issue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched a public poll on the minimum financial responsibility for motor carriers in December 2014. FMCSA is seeking public comments on these topics. The public investigation is […]

Important Trucking Insurance Terminology – Start with the A’s

There are a lot of important and complex terms used in the insurance industry. As owners and managers in the transportation industry become more familiar with this terminology, they become less likely to experience fatal coverage gaps or overpay for unnecessary coverages. Here are a few important terms to take down: Adverse Selection – The tendency […]

Trucking Workers’ Compensation: Controlling Your Ex Mod

Workers’ compensation costs play a role in any trucking business. These costs can prove substantial, and often seem uncontrollable. But this is actually not the case. Workers’ compensation costs are assessed based in large part upon a company’s experience modification factor. This is the multiplier applied to the standard policy rate for your business size, […]

Welcome to the Trucking News & Insurance Blog

The transportation industry comprises the backbone of the American economy, and is fundamental to our way of life. This makes the ongoing success of such businesses in the best interest of everyone. Yet most trucking operations lack appropriate coverage to protect their business in the event of a collision, accident, burglary, liability claim, force of […]