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Why Trucking Insurance Costs Are Skyrocketing: The Impact of Nuclear Verdicts

The skyrocketing costs of commercial vehicle insurance in the trucking industry is a pressing issue that is causing economic harm. Commercial insurance premiums rose a staggering 9.8% in Q1 2024, driven by three main factors: the proliferation of nuclear verdicts over $10 million, a shortage of experienced drivers, and inflated vehicle repair costs.

Nuclear verdicts, with an average of $33.8 million, have made insurance unaffordable for many smaller fleets, forcing them into bankruptcy. The current macroeconomic environment, with high inflation, rising insurance premiums, and increasing regulatory costs, is creating a “perfect storm” that could accelerate the adoption of autonomous trucks.

Lee White, Founder & President of LM White Consulting joined The Road to Autonomy Founder Grayson Brulte to discuss the impact insurance rates and nuclear verdicts are having on the trucking industry and why autonomous trucking could be the solution.

Episode Chapters

  • 0:00 Skyrocketing Commercial Insurance Costs
  • 3:31 Nuclear Verdicts
  • 8:54 High Insurance are Helping to Usher in Autonomous Trucking
  • 12:23 Future of The Trucking Industry

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