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Freight Brokerage: The stakes have been raised…are you covered?

New regulations and an increasingly litigious environment have raised the stakes for operating a freight brokerage. In October 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) took effect, increasing requirements and penalties as they relate to operating as a freight broker. Changes in effect from MAP-21 include: •    Brokers must register with FMCSA, and by definition may only arrange, ...

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Truckers Rally to Fight Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, a term for modern-day slavery, is a $32-billion worldwide industry with more than 20.9 million people enslaved. It has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands. An organization, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), wants to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry ...

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Insurance is an Investment: Choose Wisely

Insurance may seem like a lot of money for something you hope you never use. However, it is an investment in the protection of your assets and your livelihood. As you sit across from your insurance agent, here are some key questions to ask: 1) Does the company/insurance agent specialize in truck insurance? •    If not, how many truck insureds do they have? •    What percentage of their business is truck ins ...

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Big Rig Giveaway

Each year, the Great American Insurance Trucking Division provides a special opportunity for a lucky trucker to win a customized truck via our Big Rig Giveaway Contest. Since 2007, we have given away a truck each year as our way of saying thank you to the Owner Operators who keep America moving.  Over the years, thousands of drivers have registered to win a rig through the promotion. Previous Big Rig Giveaw ...

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Achieve long term low cost insurance through a risk management program

Insurance is a cost of doing business. But like many costs, it can be managed and reduced. A risk management program minimizes adverse effects of accidental losses. As a result, the cost of loss is driven down and insurance costs are driven down as well. We’ve helped more than 500 trucking fleets save money and reduce accidents through our program. For example, over the course of 4 years, ABC Trucking’s acc ...

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CSA scores: Love them or hate them, you still have to live with them

The Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA) uses its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program as its safety monitoring and measurement program for the trucking industry. CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) scores are frequently used by third parties to make safety-based business decisions about carriers. For example, an American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) study found that 96.8% of sh ...

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NRMS and National Interstate

Partners in Risk Management since 2002 National Interstate is pleased to recognize National Risk Management Services (NRMS) as one of their top-producing insurance agencies in the Midwest. For almost a decade, NRMS and National Interstate have partnered together to provide innovative and creative insurance solutions for a variety of trucking operations. NRMS places almost $5 million in gross written premium ...

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