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Pickup Truck Insurance in Texas

Driving a pickup truck in Texas is so common it’s expected at tailgates, rodeos, and at work. Without a pickup truck, how can you even call your party a “tailgate”? There’s just something about being higher up, hauling and towing trailers, and going off-road.

When it comes to an insurance policy for your truck, most agents will tell you a light-duty truck policy is no different from auto insurance. While the policy is the same, how you use your truck and what is covered is very different from standard auto insurance.

State Minimum Doesn’t Cut It for Trucks
In 2017, over half a million road accidents were recorded by state authorities. On top of that, several thousand people are killed on the roads in Texas every year.

That statistic should be enough to make you pause and consider the quality of your current insurance policy. Texas state law minimums for vehicle insurance include only $30,000 for bodily Injury per individual, up to $60,000 per accident and $25,000 for property damage to the other vehicle.

But what happens if you cause the accident and your truck has a heavy load in the bed or trailer attached?

There is a high probability, your truck will be the heaviest vehicle in any accident. Light-duty trucks can easily total small cars and SUVs. Trucks are also more likely to cause severe injury or death to other drivers, especially when hauling or towing. Before agreeing to a state minimum insurance policy, consider the cost of a collision. It may be cheaper upfront, but if your truck is involved in an accident, consider the damage to other vehicles and people.

For this reason, Gross Vehicle Weights (GVW) could limit the number of carriers and policies that accept your truck. Larger vehicles and vehicles used for business require business auto insurance. Those carriers have the ability to price insurance appropriately for full-size and medium-duty trucks like the Ford F-350 that create more expensive claims.

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Consider Collision Coverage for Trucks

From 2008 to 2018, there was a 48-percent increase in price for full-size, light-duty pickups – the highest price increase for that time period out of all vehicle categories.

New pickup trucks are now more expensive than some luxury car models, causing insurance companies to raise rates. While you can expect to pay more overall for insurance compared to a car, don’t skimp on collision coverage.

If your truck is damaged in an accident, hits a tree or has a rollover, can you afford to pay for the repairs or damage? With a new truck at half the price of some homes in Texas, collision coverage helps protect your second biggest asset.

If you frequently use a trailer with your truck, consider the worst-case scenario of a trailer detaching on the road, damaging the trailer and other vehicles in an accident. You might be towing a camper, tiny home or farm equipment.

Some policies don’t cover trailers towed by light-duty trucks or only cover specific types (utility trailer, horse trailer, gooseneck or medium duty trailer). A separate policy maybe needed for your trailer depending on how often you tow and the replacement value of the trailer and contents.

Be careful: some insurance companies may have cheap policies for a reason, and the old mantra of “you get what you pay for” is true. In fact, here are 5 reasons why you should avoid cheaper insurance for your truck.

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If you’re a contractor, landscaper or other type of business that uses light-duty trucks for commercial purposes, you may find that a standard policy doesn’t provide coverage. Even if your truck is used for both personal and commercial driving, many policies exclude coverage for business activities, especially those involving the transportation of persons or property for a fee.

You might be required by contract to provide an additional insured endorsement and a business auto policy is the only type of policy that can fulfill such a requirement. The same problem exists with a contract that requires a waiver of subrogation against another party.

Did you know that Texas is rated first in the United States for the number, and variety, of natural disasters? This means the threat of everything from floods to hail and wildfires puts your property and assets at risk. You may keep your truck protected in a garage, but what about when you need to leave with family and belongings? Your truck is likely the first choice of evacuating safely. What if you take it out for work and get caught in a flash flood and high water ruins the engine? These scenarios may seem unlikely, but are becoming more common in Texas.

Comprehensive insurance is recommended for these scenarios and most cover natural disasters and other “acts of God”. “Other than collision” insurance also covers theft, a run-in with a wild boar or mule deer at 70 mph, falling rocks/trees and windshield/glass damage.

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