Stop The Maddens, Get off Your Phone

car-933269_1920According to leading industry experts, distracted driving accounts for 1/3rd of all commercial auto accidents and is causing business insurance rates to rise for the 5th straight year. This is an important topic that employers need to understand and respond to.

North Bay Insurance Brokers understands the value of your commercial vehicles and the employees who drive them. From trips across the country to local deliveries and promotions, your mobile business fleet takes on the open road to keep operations running smoothly – but accidents do happen.

What Are The Types of Distracted Driving

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Risk Factors

  • Drivers under the age of 23 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
  • Commercial drivers that drive long hours without breaks.

Prevention Tips

  • Create a formal, written policy stating your organization’s position on mobile device use while driving.
  • Educate drivers about the risks and potential consequences of driving while distracted.
  • Make this part of your monthly safety meetings.
  • Enforce the rules.
  • Reward safe drivers.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

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We love It When A Plan Comes Together

Concept. Young Couple Dreaming Of New House, Child, Financial WeA North Bay Personal Insurance Update

As we move into 2019, it is important to take stock of your personal insurance program.  Many different life events can affect your personal insurance.  Having the right kind of personal insurance can make a big difference if, and when, you ever have a claim.  Please call our office for an insurance review.

What Should Be Part of Your 2019 Personal Insurance Planning?

  • Should I consider a personal umbrella policy?
  • Is my home valued correctly?
  • Do I need to add or remove any drivers?
  • Have my life insurance needs changed?

Things That Can Affect Your Insurance

  • Marital status.
  • Children in college.
  • Purchase of a new vehicle, ATV, motorcycle, or boat.
  • Planned foreign travel.
  • Purchased any items of value like art, guns, or jewelry.
  • Starting a home-based business.
  • Purchasing a vacation home.
  • Using your home as rental income.

If you call us, one of our team members will help you find the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.  Our agents have access to more carriers, and that means that they have more options, including multiple policy discounts and preferred premium pricing.

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

Online Insurance Can’t Answer These Questions

4fr44bfWhether you are a new homeowner or have owned your home for a longer period, there’s no doubt you have any questions about homeowner’s insurance. You want to protect your home, your possessions, and your family. Below are five of the most frequently asked questions about home owner insurance.

  1. As a home owner, am I required to have insurance? Yes, if you have a lender. It’s also wise to look into insurance if you are in the process of constructing a home or renting your home to someone else.
  2. What types of coverage does homeowner insurance provide? Property insurance, which covers the home and contents and liability insurance, which insures your liability for bodily injury to a third party.
  3. Will the replacement cost be the same as the sale price of my home? No. The replacement cost will cover the amount needed to replace the same structure and/or contents. Replacement cost is usually calculated based on the individual home’s characteristics. We recommend you take photographs of your home and contents.
  4. Will homeowner insurance cover damage or theft outside of my home? Generally, yes but policies differ. Be sure to ask about your specific coverage.
  5. Are home-based businesses covered under homeowner insurance? No, unless you qualify for an endorsement to your current homeowner insurance policy. Generally, you need a business owners insurance policy. You can void coverage on certain structures as well if they are used in your business.

Of course, homeowners will have more questions about homeowner insurance particular to their own situations (including protection against the elements, possessions that are no longer in the home, contents of vehicles, etc.). When searching for a homeowner insurance policy, be sure to ask about coverage relevant and beneficial to your own situation.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

Hey! I Need A Ride!

White Car Cornering In Mountain Road With Speed Blur

White car cornering in mountain road with speed blur

An Auto Insurance Update

Being a rideshare driver is a great way to make extra income. With the growth of Uber and Lyft, many people are using their own vehicles assuming their personal auto insurance will provide coverage.

Unfortunately, your personal auto insurance will not cover any use for commercial purposes. There is an exclusion for any commercial use of your vehicle. There is a specific exclusion for “public or Livery conveyance” that is part of your policy.  This makes it very clear that the liability coverage for your vehicle doesn’t apply when it is being used as a public conveyance.

In addition, your personal auto insurance excludes Medical Payments, and Physical Damage Coverage for your vehicle is used for commercial purposes. With a few exceptions, your personal automobile policy doesn’t cover you or your automobile when you are using it for this purpose.

What Are Your Options?

  • Another option is to purchase a commercial automobile policy that is designed to cover the exposures that go along with operating a public conveyance.
  • Consider the coverage offered by the rideshare company you are working for

Call, our office and we, can work hard to provide you with the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.

If you use your vehicle for delivery or landscaping you might need to consider a commercial auto policy, especially if the vehicle is used 100% for business use.

We are ready to help you with all your auto, home, RV, and motorcycle needs. Call us today. We can combine your insurance under one program and save you hundreds of dollars.

Honey What Are Those Red Lights?

car-1531273_640Getting pulled over by a police officer can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience, especially if you have never been pulled over before. The primary reason for being pulled over is for your safety and the safety of others. Do not panic, the police are here to help and protect us.

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It will be important to have your auto insurance ID card and vehicle registration handy. Not having auto insurance can be a serious issue.

There are a few things you can do to help the process go smoothly for you, the officer, and your passengers:

  1. If you see police vehicle lights in your mirror, slow down and pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible. Make sure you are far enough off the road for the officer to safely walk next to your car.
  2. Stay calm. Turn off your engine and radio. Keep your seat belt fastened and have your driver’s license and insurance information out and ready. Stay off your cell phone!
  3. At night, turn on your inside light to allow the officer to view the inside of your vehicle; doing this allows the officer to be assured that there is no danger to him or her.
  4. Do not argue with the officer.
  5. Do not get out of the car, unless requested to do so by the officer.
  6. If you have any passengers in your vehicle, request that they remain silent at all times with their hands in plain sight.
  7. Don’t make any admissions; if the officer asks if you know why you were pulled over say no. Another question they may use to trap you is by asking, “Do you know how fast you were going?” A simple reply is best such as; “I am always a safe driver and believe that I was going with the flow of traffic.”
  8. What if the officer wants to search your vehicle? The United States Constitution protects all individuals from unreasonable search and seizure. The exceptions to this are if you agree to a search, or if the officer believes there is illegal activity going on.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers we combine premium auto Insurance with personalized service to give you the best coverage possible. Our insurance specialists will work with you one-on-one to find a policy that keeps you and your drivers protected at all costs – for peace-of-mind driving assurance.

 

 

 

 

Sharing Is Good… But At What Cost?

Handful of Paper Money

Handful of Paper Money

Sharing May Increase Your Personal Liability Risk

We live in a digital world that now allows us to share everything from our car, bike, boat, apartment and even our home with total strangers. Smart phones, and the applications that can be added, offer many useful tools, but some of these things create new and increased liability for you. Before you decide to jump into the sharing economy consider the following:

  • Do these sharing sites have the ability to protect your confidential information? Many times you are giving your credit card information to companies that may not have the ability to protect it.
  • If you use Airbnb to sublease your apartment, you might check your lease. Many lease agreements have “no sublease” clauses that do not allow for this kind of activity. Also, some big cities are now actually considering outlawing the Airbnb services as it reduces hotel/motel taxes.
  • Taxi services where individuals can offer rides to those who subscribe. Are you confident that these individuals have had proper background checks? Are they experienced drivers? Do they have the correct insurance? Remember, even in states that have mandatory auto insurance laws, over 25% of drivers don’t have insurance.
  • Personal auto insurance issues should be considered if using your car for hire. There is a big difference in the auto insurance world between a car pool for work and being paid to deliver people.
  • If you rent your primary home to others, it may limit your personal insurance coverage. Call out office for a review.

The use of the new sharing economy will most likely continue and may be a good way to make money. However, if you have an uninsured claim, the cost may be much greater.  Be aware that using these services may increase your risk of loss.

North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

I Drive My Car For Company Business… Now What?

White Car Cornering In Mountain Road With Speed Blur

White car cornering in mountain road with speed blur

There are many situations and reasons why employees drive his or her personal auto to perform business related tasks including: travel between work sites, client visits, and transportation of colleagues.  It is important to consider the risk you assume when you drive your car on company business.

There are two different kinds of risks and we will address each. The first risk is what we might call incidental use. The second risk is when a person drives his/her own car every day as part of their job, like a salesperson. This person’s job description actually includes using their own car as part of the day to day job functions.

Situation One – Incidental Use

Generally, in these situations, you would be covered under your personal auto policy. If you find you are driving more than 30-40% of the time on company business, it would be best to contact our office for a review of your coverage. Examples of incidental use would be:

  • Going to a company event
  • Taking the mail to the post office
  • Picking up supplies at the store
  • Going to see a client – occasionally

Situation Two – Drive as Part of the Job

Many personal auto policies have drive-for-business exclusions, requiring individuals to inform their agents that they drive for work and to acquire an endorsement. Without the endorsement, insurers may refuse to cover a claim. Here are some examples of work related situations where you might need to make adjustments to your auto insurance:

  • Outside sales professionals
  • Real-estate agents
  • Driving more than 50% of the time for the company
  • You receive an auto allowance
  • You take a tax deduction for work related driving

If you use your vehicle for delivery or landscaping you might need to consider a commercial auto policy, especially if the vehicle is used 100% for business use.

We are ready to help you with all your auto, home, RV, and motorcycle needs. Call us today. We can combine your insurance under one program and save you hundreds of dollars.