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Bobtail and Deadhead Insurance

If you run a trucking business or are an independent trucker, then you may already be familiar with the terms “bobtailing” and “deadheading.” They are both common situations for the truck driver to be in, particularly after they have arrived at their delivery destination. An understanding of these situations is essential, as is bobtail and deadhead insurance itself.

  • Bobtailing: This is the situation in which the driver is operating the vehicle without the trailer attached. Often, after the trailer of goods has been delivered, the driver must return home – often long-distance – driving only the tractor portion of the truck.
  • Deadheading: This refers to the situation where the driver is operating the vehicle with an empty trailer.

The Importance of Bobtail and Deadhead Insurance

Many liability insurance policies will only cover trucks with goods in transit. Additionally, many truckers operate under a contract as well as independently, which means they will also require their own bobtail and deadhead insurance.

An independent trucker may have a contract to deliver goods from A to B. While the goods are in transit, the company whose goods are being delivered will provide liability coverage for the driver. After the goods have been delivered, the driver has fulfilled his contractual obligations and is driving home independently. This means the company’s liability policy no longer covers the driver, leaving him or her open to liability claims should an accident or incident occur while driving home.

Bobtail and deadhead insurance offers liability coverage for drivers after they’ve delivered their goods. It fills the gap that many commercial auto policies leave and helps ensure that the driver isn’t exposed to risk.

Large Trucks Face More Liability

As a driver of a large vehicle, you are exposed to more liability. Conditions on roads and other drivers can cause you to have an accident. And smaller vehicles will usually fare worse in an accident. Whether it’s your fault or not, this leaves you open to liability claims.

In 2015, 4,050 large trucks were involved in fatal collisions. Speeding was the most common reason followed by driver distraction. Drivers on their phones are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

XINSURANCE: Bobtail and Deadhead Insurance

Since many insurers leave a gap when it comes to bobtailing and deadheading, meaning drivers think they’re insured when they’re not, XINSURANCE steps up. We believe that everyone has the right to full liability coverage. We’ve made it our mission to provide insurance solutions, even if you’ve faced past claims or have been refused coverage.

XINSURANCE is powered by Evolution Insurance Brokers, LC (“EIB”), an excess and surplus lines insurance brokerage. For the last 30 years, we’ve perfected our all-in-one approach, which allows us to offer liability coverage solutions while other insurers avoid it.

Our bobtail and deadhead insurance provides liability coverage for:

  • Commercial auto liability
  • Commercial auto physical damage
  • New operators coverage
  • Contingent auto
  • Hired & non-owned auto liability
  • Excess auto liability
  • And more

We will provide bobtail and deadhead insurance solutions to:

  • Fleet vehicle owners
  • Vehicle contractors
  • Independent truckers
  • And more

With XINSURANCE, no one needs to drive after delivery in fear of being faced with a liability lawsuit.

How to Receive a Quote from XINSURANCE

If you find you’re without coverage for bobtailing and deadheading, get in touch with us today by calling 877-585-2853 or emailing

You can also hop over to our website, where we have more information about our unique all-in-one coverage and our extensive product line. Our website also offers the opportunity to click for a quote.

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Whether bobtailing or deadheading, don’t take to the roads while exposed to liability risk. Get in touch with XINSURANCE today and get bobtail and deadhead insurance so you can continue driving with confidence.

Rick LindseyAuthored by Rick J. Lindsey, President, Chairman, and CEO of XINSURANCE

Rick J. Lindsey hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. He began working in the mailroom of his father’s Salt Lake City insurance firm, getting his introduction to the business that became his lifelong career. Rick J. Lindsey quickly rose through the ranks while working in nearly every imaginable insurance industry job. As an entrepreneur, specialty lines underwriter, claims specialist, risk manager, and a licensed surplus lines broker, Rick J. Lindsey is highly skilled in all levels of leadership and execution. As he progressed on his career path, Rick J. Lindsey discovered an urgent need for insurers willing to write policies for high-risk individuals and businesses. He was frequently frustrated that he could not provide the liability protection these entities desperately needed to safeguard their assets. He also formed the belief that insurance companies acted too quickly to settle frivolous claims. Rick J. Lindsey decided to try a different approach. He started an insurance company and became the newly formed entity’s CEO. This opportunity has enabled Rick J. Lindsey to fill a void in the market and provide a valuable service to businesses, individuals, and insurance agents who write high-risk business. XINSURANCE also specializes in helping individuals and businesses who live a lifestyle or participate in activities that make them difficult for traditional carriers to insure. If you’ve been denied, non-renewed, or canceled coverage, don’t give up quite yet. Chances are XINSURANCE can help.