What is Hazmat Truck Insurance?

Transporting hazardous materials requires specialized equipment and training, and it exposes an owner/operator or business to increased risk. A single mistake could be financially devastating. Even if a truck driver never makes a mistake, they could still be involved in a costly accident. Hazmat truck insurance gives owner/operators and businesses in New Jersey that move hazardous materials the protections they need.

Hazmat truck insurance is a type of commercial trucking insurance that’s designed for trucks that transport hazardous materials. Policies take into consideration the risks involved in moving hazmat materials, and they help businesses protect themselves from those risks.

What Coverages Does Hazmat Insurance Provide?

Hazmat insurance policies generally include many coverages that standard commercial trucking policies have, as well as ones that are specific to moving explosive, flammable, corrosive toxic, and infectious materials.

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Some of the coverages that are found in many commercial trucking policies include the following:

  • General Liability Coverage, which may cover injuries and damage that a driver is held responsible for
  • Physical Damage Coverage, which helps protect an actual truck from certain causes of damage
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage, which might provide coverage if another driver is at fault but doesn’t have proper insurance
  • Excess Liability Coverage, which can extend the limits of underlying policies
  • Downtime Coverage, which is frequently used to extend certain coverages to non-working hours 

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Other coverages that a company or owner/operator that has a hazmat truck may not be able to find in a standard commercial trucking policy are:

  • Pollution Liability Coverage, which might cover cleanup costs and fines if a truck’s cargo spills and contaminates the environment
  • Motor Truck Cargo Coverage, which typically covers cargo while it’s in transit
  • Hazmat Haulers General Liability, which usually covers non-driving related claims, like wrongful delivery claims
  • Loading and Unloading Coverage, which might be necessary to cover cargo while it’s being loaded into and out of a truck

Even if these coverages are available through a standard commercial trucking policy, standard policies frequently have exclusions that stop a policy from insuring hazardous materials. Therefore, it’s often necessary to get these coverages through a hazmat-specific policy.

What New Jersey Businesses Need Hazmat Insurance?

Any business ow owner/operator in New Jersey who transports hazardous materials should check to see whether they need hazmat insurance. Whether a business only transports a hazardous load occasionally or does so on a daily basis, they’re still exposed to the risks that come with this line of work and ought to protect themselves.

What Kinds of Incidents Does a Hazmat Policy Cover?

The exact incidents that a hazmat policy covers depend on its terms, conditions and exclusions. A policy that has robust coverages might provide protection in the following situations:

  • Cargo is spilled during a rollover
  • A driver backs into someone’s automobile
  • A truck is vandalized while it’s parked overnight
  • A driver empties the wrong tank into a client’s receptacle
  • Equipment inside truck’s cab is stolen 

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How Can Businesses in New Jersey Get Hazmat Truck Insurance?

Because hazmat truck insurance is a specialized type of commercial trucking insurance, businesses and owner/operators that need this type of insurance should talk with an independent insurance agent who is familiar with hazmat insurance. Such an agent will be able to provide insights into how a business or owner/operator can best protect themselves, and they’ll be able to find a policy that provides solid protections. 

 

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Principal, Senior Vice President, and Head of Commercial Lines, Mr. Kroeger also manages the company's hospitality book of business and is that unit's primary producer. He is a graduate of Montclair State University and was named a 2015 Young Gun Insurance Business America.

Jeff has been providing exceptional insurance for restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and more for many years. He understands the unique challenges this industry faces and delivers the right coverage at an affordable price.

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