6 Benefits of Working with a Local Truck Insurance Agency

Truck Insurance Agent CaliforniaA local insurance agent listens to your needs then finds a customized insurance policy that fits those needs. When looking for insurance, consider your local, independent insurance agents in California. We do more than just provide you with a great insurance policy. Because we live in a “need it now” society, instant quotes for auto insurance, home insurance and more seem attractive. However, these instant quotes don’t guarantee you are getting the best insurance rates and coverage for your situation. Here are some ways a local insurance agent can help you:

Professional Advice

Not sure how much coverage you need to protect your home or confused about what line of insurance you need to protect your small business? Local insurance agents not only want what’s best for you but we’ll provide our professional guidance as well. We’ll listen to your needs, strive to not only educate you on what you are and aren’t covered for, but also counsel you on what insurance company best fits you. Because we represent multiple insurance companies, you get choice.

Did you insurance increase? We can help.

If you have insurance through a direct carrier and you notice your truck insurance increases by $300 the following year, you might be thinking it’s time to change carriers. While your insurance may increase with a local insurance agent, all you have to do is reach out to your agent via email or phone. We’ll shop our many insurance carriers to find the best coverage for your needs & budget. Our agency works to save you time and money by working with pre-selected insurance companies and acting on your behalf to fit you into the right insurance program.

Guidance with how to deal with a claim.

Being involved in an insurance claim can be a hassle, but we can assist you throughout the entire process to make it easier on you. By simply calling us, you’ll quickly learn how to settle your claim and be made whole again.

Build a Relationship

Just like you have built trust with your doctor or dentist, we want the same type of relationship with helping you with your insurance. We strive to build that same trust when it comes to needing insurance guidance or saving you time & money. To us, you’re not just a customer, you’re a valued client who needs to be properly protected.

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Your lifestyle and needs change over time and we are here to assist you with all of life’s changes. Whether you’re looking to start a business, going from renting to owning a commercial truck or need additional coverage for your business, we are here to help with all your insurance needs.

We Can Do It All

Since we offer many lines of insurance, we can cover all your needs. Plus, when you bundle insurance policies, it may qualify you to save additional money. Get your truck and business insurance all under one roof to make it easy for you.

If you are looking to find a local insurance agent in Roseville, CA for your truck, auto or business insurance, call Network Truck Insurance Service. We look forward to earning your business and will strive to create a lasting relationship.

For all current clients who know a friend or family member who would benefit from working with a local insurance agency, simply refer a friend here.

Would You Know What To Do In the Event You Have a Driving Emergency?

Driving hazards present themselves daily and can occur year-round in every state. But, would you know what to do in the event a driving hazard presented itself? Driving with Wildlife on road

Wildlife: Hitting a deer in the roadway can be a traumatic experience, but it could also be deadly. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture cites as many as 2 million collisions with animals occur each year in the U.S. Prepare by following these steps:

  • Stay alert: if you are driving in rural areas, be aware that wildlife is always nearby and keep a lookout towards the sides of the road.
  • Don’t swerve: Swerving cannot only results in a worse injury and more severe accident, but your insurance company might find you at fault if you swerve to miss a deer and end up hitting a tree or guard rail. Keep your car pointed forward and hit the brakes!
  • Be more aware at night: Animals can become more active in the evenings and some travel in groups. If you see one, chances are there are more nearby. If there are two lanes, drive in the lane farthest away from the side of the road.

Blown Tires: A blown tire can be a startling experience, but knowing what to do in the event you have one can save you from an accident. Keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t slam on the brakes: Slamming on the brakes with a blown tire will only make matters worse because it will cause your vehicle to pull hard in the direction of the flat. Slowly pull to the side of the roadway, as far away from traffic as possible.
  • Work to maintain your steering: If a front tire blows, it can really cause the vehicle to pull. Do your best not to overreact to the sudden jolt and swerve the other way. This could cause your vehicle to lose control.
  • Place your blown tire and wheel under the car slightly when changing your tire: So many injuries occur when a jack is improperly used. Placing your tire under the car can save you from being crushed if a jack fails.

Bugs in the Car: We’ve all experienced the spider in the car!

  • Pull over: While a spider or bee in the vehicle can be alarming, you have to remember – it is probably more afraid of you than you are of it! Carefully pull over to the side of the road and let your unwanted passenger out.
  • Don’t let it take your eyes off the road: It can be tempting to try to swat at the insect or arachnid while driving, but don’t. It will only increase the chances of causing a more serious crash.

Black Ice: It is getting to that time of year when black ice can occur on roadways. If your vehicle begins to slide on ice, it is important to understand what to do:

  • Let off the gas: Many vehicle have stability control and will work to auto-correct the problem. Stop accelerating and let your car recover.
  • Let off the brake: Applying the brakes on ice can unfortunately make matters worse. Never slam the brakes on, but gently apply them.
  • Drive slowly: if you notice the temperature beginning to plunge, drive more slowly. Less accidents occur when drivers keep the speeds under 45 MPH during icy conditions.

While we can’t always be in the car with you to avoid hazards, we can help you with your auto and truck insurance questions!

Do I need special insurance to drive for Uber or Lyft?

Rideshare Insurance Roseville, CAWhether you are thinking of starting a new career or simply want to make some extra income during your down time, working for companies like Uber or Lyft can be a good move. However, you will need specific insurance to be fully covered as your personal auto insurance policy and the insurance provided by Rideshare companies provides gaps in coverage or potential excess liability.

Ridesharing is defined as: individuals who use their own vehicle to transport people from point A to point B in exchange for money.

If you are considering working for other companies such as DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats, Instacart or other delivery type companies, you would want a rideshare insurance policy as well.

A rideshare insurance policy provides coverage during:

  • Waiting for a ride request.
  • When you accept a ride request and are on the way to pick up the rider.
  • When you pick up the rider & drive to the destination.

In what situations does my personal auto insurance cover me?

  • When you are offline or not using the Uber/Lyft app.
  • The period after you’ve dropped off a passenger but are still logged in and are waiting to match with another passenger (for instance, you roll forward and hit another vehicle with no rider in your car).

Does Uber or Lyft or any other rideshare company provide insurance for you?

Uber maintains insurance on your behalf such as third party liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury and contingent comprehensive and collision coverage.

However, your current auto insurance policy may offer a rideshare endorsement that can be added to your policy. You may receive additional coverage too that goes above and beyond the limits provided by the Rideshare company. Talk to one of our agents first. We’ll explain the difference in coverage options.

What if I don’t have rideshare insurance & I’m involved in an accident?

The consequences of not having a rideshare insurance endorsement could result in a denial of coverage by your main auto insurance company. Whether you fail to tell them you are using your car for rideshare services or simply didn’t know you needed the insurance endorsement on your main auto policy, could leave you liable for the entire loss. This leaves you with paying for injuries, medical bills, car repairs, property damage etc. if you get into an accident.

If you are considering a career or part time job for any rideshare company, reach out to our agency! Rules and regulations change regularly, so be sure to research yourself what changes may have occurred since this article was written. We can go over many coverage options with you to ensure you have the right insurance protection. Getting the right policy is easy, we just need to know that you’re driving for a Rideshare company and we can get you the right policy.

I Got Hit By Someone Who Doesn’t Have Insurance – Now What?

Uninsured motorist insurance Roseville, CAAccording to a recent study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, approximately one out of every 8 drivers in the United States are uninsured. That’s a staggering figure when you think about your chances of being struck by one.  So, what can you do to protect yourself from an uninsured driver?

The good news is there is a line of insurance coverage specifically for uninsured motorists, called (you guessed it) Uninsured Motorist Property Damage & Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury coverage. This is an optional coverage that is available to most drivers. Let’s take a closer look at these coverages and see how they work.

Uninsured Motorist Property Damage

Uninsured Motorist Property Damage (commonly referred to as UMPD) pays for losses incurred to your vehicle when it is hit by an uninsured motorist. This coverage may also pay for damages associated with a hit and run driver.

Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury

Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury (commonly referred to as UMBI or UM) pays for your medical expenses when involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. UMBI may also cover your passengers who are in your vehicle during a covered loss.

Underinsured Motorist (UIM)

Underinsured Motorist Coverage pays for injuries such as medical expenses, lost wages and settlements from a driver who is at-fault and does not carry enough insurance to cover your losses.

You should also carefully deliberate the amount of insurance coverage that you need. Available options, limits and coverages vary by state. Each state has different requirements and laws when it comes to uninsured motorist insurance. Be sure to ask an agent in our office about these coverages if you’d like them. Contact us with questions!

How to Determine If You Need Comprehensive or Collision Coverage On Your Auto Policy

Commercial Auto Insurance Roseville, CAWhether you are searching for car insurance, shopping for a lower car insurance rate or just need a new plan, you’ve come to the right insurance agency.

Our agents will shop to find the best insurance rate & coverage for your specific needs. Plus, we can search for many discounts, particularly if you are bundling multiple policies like an auto & home or renters insurance together.

When it comes to shopping for car insurance, there are many options for coverage. You could get the bare minimum for car insurance or you could have full coverage for your policy. Each state varies with what is required for minimum car insurance coverage but the minimum will include bodily injury liability & property damage coverage, it is up to you to decide how much of it.

What about collision & comprehensive coverage for your auto insurance policy?

Collision insurance coverage will cover your vehicle if it is damaged when it collides with something. Examples: colliding into another vehicle, a tree or a guard rail. Your insurance coverage will pay for repairs or even replacement of your vehicle in the event of a total loss.

Comprehensive insurance coverage covers most other damages besides collision that could happen to your vehicle. Example: your car catches on fire, something falls on your car like a tree, collisions with an animal, your car gets vandalized or you experience car theft. There are a few exclusions, so be sure to discuss with your agent what those might be.

When it comes to deciding if this coverage is worth it, a few things to ask yourself:

  • If I didn’t have this coverage, do I have the finances to pay out of pocket for the repairs or replacement of my vehicle?
  • Do I have a loan? If so, comprehensive and collision coverage will be required by your finance company.
  • How valuable is my car? Would it be possible to replace your car if you didn’t have the insurance to pay for it?
  • Do I live in an area where car theft is common?

It is important to understand that all coverage and policy questions are specific to the policy that you purchase.  This article has been provided to help you understand how insurance works and does not imply every policy is the same or that coverage will exist. If you have more questions about your auto insurance policy talk to one of the licensed agents at Network Truck Insurance Services. We understand that insurance can be confusing, so we always want to make sure you fully understand what you are or are not covered for.

5 Driving Habits to Master Every Time You Get Behind The Wheel

Best Truck Insurance Rates in CaliforniaAccording the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 391,000 individuals were injured & 3,477 were killed from distracted driving in 2015. Insurance premiums have skyrocketed because of distracted driving and increases in traffic accidents.  Distracted driving isn’t just talking on the phone or texting but can include reading articles or email, eating, brushing your hair, or any other way you’re trying to multi-task while driving.

Consider practicing good driving behavior by mastering these 5 habits every time you get inside your vehicle.

  • Put your phone OUT of reach when entering your vehicle.

The back seat or placed in your bag or purse inside your trunk, along with other belongings can be a good start. If you can’t fathom doing this, continue to ask yourself, “Can it wait?” every time you want to reach for your device. Most likely it can. It may help to put your phone on mute to avoid the desire to reach for it when it alerts you of an incoming call or new text message/email. If you feel you always have to be readily available to take a phone call, pull your car over & park it before answering the call.

  • Program your GPS or identify where you need to go before driving your vehicle.

Be sure to activate voice commands so your eyes can stay on the road 100% of the time.

  • Groom Before or After, Not While Driving or Sitting at a Stop Light

If you find yourself running late often & grooming last minute, transition yourself out of the habit of grooming while driving. Practice doing this once you’ve arrived at your location or before you even start your vehicle.

  • Eat While Parked

Don’t risk eating and driving. Instead, simple park your car and eat your meal before getting back on the road.

  • Be a Role Model for Your Friends and Family

Not only demonstrate to your kids how you do not drive distracted, but also explain the dangers of doing it. If you find yourself riding along with a friend or family member, speak up if the driver is using an electronic device while driving. Offer to deliver their text message for them, act as the co-pilot or make the phone call.

If we all practice safe driving habits, we will all be better off.

For questions about trucking insurance, contact our office. We specialize in helping truck drivers and can shop to find the best coverage for your needs.

Six Things to Do If You Get Into a Car Accident

Being in an accident can be a very frightening event. Being prepared to know how to handle the situation when it occurs will help you deal with the shock of it, and obtaining proper documentation helps support a claim. While accidents will happen to almost every driver, whether their car is parked and unattended, or while they’re driving, knowing these important steps will help you deal with the unfortunate situation.

Safely park your vehicle: If you happen to be driving when the accident occurs, safely pull the vehicle over to the side of the road. If possible, carefully write down the license plate and description of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident. If you are reporting a hit and run, this information will aid police in locating the driver. In the event of a hit and run it most likely happens when your vehicle is unattended. If you return to your vehicle to find damage, look for clues to help you prove your case, i.e. Security cameras.

Assess any Injuries: If someone is injured, take care of their immediate needs and quickly call 911. It is typical to be jittery after such an event so catch your breath too.

Call police: Once you’re safely parked, you should call the police to file a report, especially if another party is involved. It’s important to always have documentation of how the accident happened. Some people want to settle the claim without going through insurance, but this comes with risks. The other driver may not live up to their word and without contacting the police, it turns into a he said, she said scenario.

Exchange Information: Exchanging insurance ID cards is always recommended. Be sure to have their name and phone number too. It’s simple to take a picture with your phone. Be sure to include the car’s license plate number, year, make and model too.

Take pictures/Gather any witness information: If you have a witness who wants to share their side of the story, jot down their phone number and name. Your insurance company will want to talk with any witness to the accident. Taking pictures also gives your insurance company more details on the damage of your vehicle.

Call your insurance company: Sometimes even though vehicles collide, the damages may be limited, so you’ll want to take a close look and determine if you want to pursue a claim or get an estimate first before calling your insurance company. If someone was injured or if you have major damage, it’s always best to call your insurance company immediately. Your insurance company can assist you with your claim so if you have taken pictures and provided all the information above, your claim can be settled quicker.

While we hope you never have to experience a car accident, being prepared will help you tackle the unfortunate situation.

Preventing Commercial Auto & Truck Theft

Trucking Insurance Roseville, CaliforniaWhen it comes to preventing theft with your commercial truck or auto, the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Each year in the U.S., there are millions of dollars in theft of commercial vehicles as well as commercial vehicle cargo.

So, what can you do to prevent theft of your cargo or commercial vehicle?

Leaving the vehicle unattended in a parking lot waiting for delivery can be an easy target for thieves. Crimes of opportunity occur when the vehicle is parked even for short periods of time and someone quickly gets away with some cargo, or in rare instances, the entire vehicle.

Educating your employees about common crimes, theft and schemes that exist is important and your first line of action. There are instances when thieves will try to collude with the driver in order to partner with them and split the profits from stealing the cargo. If your drivers are aware of the schemes and the consequences they may be less likely to commit the crimes.

Preventative measures such as not leaving the trailer detached from the tractor in remote or unsecured areas as well as using security devices like Air Cuff Locks can help. There are also high-security container lock systems as well as GPS technology to help locate a stolen container and trailer.

While more complex scams exist, securing your vehicle is always the first step of prevention.

What Coverage Do You Need For Theft on Commercial Vehicles?

If you’re the victim of commercial truck theft or cargo theft, be sure that you have the right insurance policy to protect your vehicle and the valuable cargo.

Cargo insurance provides a cost effective way to cover your customer as well as yourself from physical loss or damaged goods in transit. It is important for you to discuss with your agent what company can insure your goods from theft as well as damage in transit.

Comprehensive Insurance can provide you with coverage for your vehicle and trailer in the event that they are stolen.

Understanding your commercial truck insurance as well as cargo insurance is critically important to your success and business. Talk to a licensed agent in our office about these coverages and others that are available.

How Commercial Trucks & Vehicles Insurance Premiums Are Calculated

Best Commercial Truck Insurance Rates in CaliforniaWhen it comes to insuring large commercial trucks and vehicles, dealing with an experienced insurance agent will provide you with an understanding of your commercial truck coverage options and getting a better price on your commercial truck insurance.

Insuring a tractor trailer or semi-truck is very different than getting insurance on a pickup or SUV. In fact, many factors and discounts that come into play can include:

  • Weight of truck
  • USDOT authority
  • Coverage requirements
  • Cargo being hauled
  • Vehicle Type
  • Driving & CDL experience
  • Years in business
  • Credit history
  • Ticket & accident history
  • Distance typically driven
  • How you choose to pay
  • Prior insurance history

If you’re looking to get lower insurance premiums, there are some things that you can do.

  1. Clean up your driving history: Clean drivers have lower premiums. Period.
  2. Pay In Full: Paying your insurance premium in full (when possible) can provide massive discounts.
  3. Raise deductibles: Increasing your deductibles essentially shifts some of the risk to you. This can lower your premiums.
  4. Work with an agent who specializes in truck insurance: Insurance agents are discount detectives and want to help you get the most coverage for the best price. You won’t pay more for working with an agent either.

Questions to ask your agent:

Our licensed commercial truck agents will tailor a policy to meet your insurance needs as well as the contractual needs that you have. Be sure to have an open conversation with your agent including your driving history as this will always come up when a clue or motor vehicle report is run.

Let us help you find the best rate on your commercial truck insurance. We’ll dig for discounts, search our network of commercial truck insurance carriers and help find you the right coverage at that right price.

What Insurance Do Owner Operators Need?

Owner Operator Truck Insurance Roseville, CAIf you run a business as an owner operator truck driver, chances are you’re pretty busy. The nationwide shortage of truck drivers continues to get worse leaving your schedule full. With your busy schedule you probably don’t have time to worry about whether your insurance coverage is sufficient and up to snuff for your growing enterprise.

Fortunately, Network Truck Insurance Services, Inc. offers a full array of truck insurance coverages to keep you protected on the road.

For Owner Operators who are working under their own authority, we offer great mandatory as well as options insurance coverages. Some of these insurance coverages:

  • Liability Insurance
  • Physical Damage coverage
  • Motor Truck Cargo Insurance
  • Motor Truck General Liability Insurance
  • Uninsured Motorist Insurance

It is possible your motor carrier will provide you with these coverages too, but be sure to get a copy of what is provided and talk to your Network Truck Insurance Services, Inc. agent about owner operator insurance coverages you may need.

  • Non-Trucking Liability insurance
  • Physical Damage Coverage
  • Motor Truck Cargo Insurance

Network Truck Insurance Services, Inc. works with the top truck insurance companies in the nation. We offer comprehensive solutions for trucking and business insurance.