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Cargo Insurance & Freight Insurance in Half Moon Bay, CA and San Mateo County

The ability to move products from one place to another is the backbone of our entire economy. Whether you're moving products from a port to a store for sale, helping people move between homes, or transporting raw materials for manufacturing, you know how important it is to get the job done safely and on time. However, without cargo insurance and freight insurance, your business could be at risk if any of your trucks is involved in a serious collision.

You already know how important it is to complete a job correctly. From ensuring loads are packed securely to recruiting safe drivers, you're constantly invested in making your business the best it can be. Weller/O'Brien Insurance Services can help make sure your efforts are protected, and that if something does go wrong, you'll be able to continue operating.

Cargo Insurance Coverage—What's Covered and What's Excluded

Most cargo that is shipped under a proper bill of lading will be covered by your cargo insurance. Major exclusions include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, some medicines, and any illegal drugs
  • Currency and Valuables (especially art, jewelry, coins, and cash)
  • Items considered dangerous (acids, explosives, or radioactive items, including some fireworks and other celebratory products)
  • Living creatures
  • Anything owned by your company

If you plan to ship anything excluded from cargo insurance, it may be covered by another policy (especially if you own the items in question). Otherwise, you can talk to one of our agents about alternatives for cargo insurance and freight insurance that can actually cover the transportation of high-risk items.

Freight Insurance Coverage—Large and Small Freight Shipping Coverage

Your shipping volume is a major factor in finding just how much insurance you need. In 2014, there were over 400,000 collisions involving large trucks, which comes out to over 1100 collisions every single day. The majority of these incidents are not the fault of the commercial truck driver, but the simple truth of the matter is that they do occur on a regular basis.

It's also important to note that collisions are not the only forms of loss—theft is a major problem in some areas, and average losses approach a quarter‑million dollars per incident.

Larger trucking companies require more insurance in case there are problems with multiple vehicles, such as thefts from multiple trucks parked in one place. Even smaller companies are at risk, though, making cargo insurance and freight insurance one of the most important defenses of any hauling company.

 

1. "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2014." Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Accessed April 20, 2016. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2014.

2. "Truck Stats." Trucking Statistics. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.truckinfo.net/trucking/stats.htm.

3. "Average Truck Cargo Theft worth $232,924 in 2014." Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20150310/NEWS06/150319974.

Our Location

Weller/O'Brien Insurance Services

720 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Main office: 650-726-6328

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Testimonials

I live in Santa Cruz and work in Half Moon Bay. I decided to go with Weller O'Brien in HMB because it's a smaller town, and I figured they would give me more attention and better service than if I went to someone in Santa Cruz. I wasn't let down. They are always quick to return my calls. I am more then just a policy to them. I've never had an insurance salesman go over a policy like that before. It made me confident that I was with the right group.

Brian S.
Kevin and all of his staff have been great in handling all of my insurance needs for my personal and business operations. Not only is it helpful having them local so I can pop in any time but they also help me understand the different insurance options available to me. Thanks Kevin

Bryan B.
Weller O'Brien Insurance Services in Half Moon Bay, California is wonderful! On my Homeowners Insurance Policy they were able to give me better coverage and save me money. Kevin, Barbara and Adam are always courteous and friendly. If you are in their office or speaking with them on the phone they always make you feel special. I do not hesitate to refer my friends to them..

Teresa A.
Kevin is the best! We have our business insurance with him and we are very happy. His staff is top notch and very helpful. They have a cool new office in downtown HMB, perfect for people that want a face to face in this day in age where so many things are online and impersonal. Thanks for everything Kevin and crew.....we love you.

Mike A.
When looking for homeowners insurance, I checked out several companies. Weller O'Brien by far had the best customer service. Their insurance coverage was comparable to other companies, only much less expensive. Every time I've called I've spoken with Betty, Adam or Kevin directly and all my questions have been answered. They even looked over my auto insurance to make sure that I was fully covered. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing new insurance or wanting to have their current insurance evaluated.

Angela B.