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The Truck Parking Shortage and Insurance Claims – Five Tips to Avoid Costly Lawsuits

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According to a 2015 Federal Highway Administration Study, there are truck parking shortages in 36 states. It’s unknown how the ELD mandate and new personal conveyance rules will affect this shortage, but it’s not expected to improve without greatly increased parking capacity. An unfortunate side effect of this lack of capacity is illegal or questionable truck parking, which can have tragic results….

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Daniel & Henry Company Clients Receive National Safety Awards

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Great West Casualty Insurance Company recently awarded Schilli Corporation and Steven’s Distributors with National Safety Awards. Both of these clients share a commitment to safety for the motoring public and for their drivers. Jan Markinson, Large Fleet Safety Director for Great West Casualty, presented two awards to the Schilli Corporation—Workplace Safety and National Safety—to Ken Humphries, Safety Director, and Dennis…

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New Personal Conveyance Guidance – Insurance and Risk Management Considerations

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With the ELD mandate firmly in place, the FMCSA finally provided guidance on the personal use (“personal conveyance”) of commercial motor vehicles. This has been a murky area for truck drivers for many years. Fleet Owner magazine published an excellent article, “10 Things To Know About Personal Conveyance”, which provides an overview of the FMCSA’s new guidance. However, neither the Fleet…

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Can The International Road Check Lower My Insurance Costs?

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Starting June 5th, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance begins the three-day annual International Road Check. As you’re probably aware, this year the CVSA’s focus will be on hours of service and proper use of electronic logging devices (ELDs). As discussed in two prior blog posts, CSA scores have a significant effect on your insurance pricing. Savvy drivers and fleet owners can use…

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Read Your Shipper and Broker Contracts To Avoid Unnecessary Claims!

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Real Life Claim Examples After the Food Safety Modernization Act And How To Address Issues in Contracts As reported this month in Overdrive Magazine, trucking companies that ship food are facing burdensome contracts and unintended consequences from the Food Modernization and Safety Act (FMSA). While it’s important that your drivers understand FDA regulations if transporting food items, its’ also critical that you review…

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CSA Scores: Part 2 – Which Violations Increase Rates the Most?

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In our previous post, we reviewed the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) system and how your scores can affect your insurance rates. Many transportation companies have designed incentive programs to keep their CSA scores low, and often giving drivers some type of reward for clean level one inspections while being penalized for certain violations. However, in designing an incentive program, it’s important…

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Market Update 2018 Q1 : Workers Compensation Insurance and Occupational Accident Programs

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By now, everyone has heard about the struggles with the commercial auto insurance market. However, the good news is that in 2017, workers compensation and occupational accident pricing decreased overall, especially for safe companies. The competition remains strong in 2018 as well, and it may be time to take advantage of a relatively soft market. Below is a market update…

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Incentivize drivers to lower your CSA scores…and insurance rates

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When the FMCSA started hiding CSA scores from public view in December 2015, many in the transportation industry cheered the news. The flawed Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) system has been used by insurance companies for rating purposes almost since the system’s inception. Many believed that with CSA scores hidden from public view, the associated issues with insurance underwriting would…

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The Not-So-Hidden Costs of Driver Turnover Are Increasing

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Retaining Drivers Leads to Decreased Insurance Costs According to the American Trucking Association, in 2017, the driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers surged to one of the highest levels in years. In the fourth quarter, driver turnover hit 95%. Smaller fleets fared slightly better, with an estimated 84% turnover rate. In 2018, with the economy growing and the demand for…

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