Small businesses in Virginia most often buy these types of insurance.
A general liability policy covers common third-party risks, and it's required by most commercial leases. This type of business liability insurance is important for all Virginia businesses.
Workers’ comp insurance is required for Virginia businesses that have more than two employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.
Commercial auto insurance pays for medical care and other damages in accidents involving business-owned vehicles. It also covers vehicle theft, vandalism, and other types of damage.
A BOP bundles commercial property insurance and general liability coverage in one plan. It's often the most cost-effective type of commercial insurance for a Virginia business.
This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), protects Virginia businesses that provide professional services or advice. It covers legal costs related to work performance.
E&O, sometimes called professional liability insurance, is common with professional services in Virginia. It can cover the cost of lawsuits related to your work performance.
This policy covers financial losses from data breaches and cyberattacks. It's recommended for Virginia businesses that handle credit card numbers and other sensitive data.
Umbrella insurance boosts coverage on your general liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, and employer's liability insurance when the underlying policy reaches its limit.
This policy covers the value of a business's physical structure and its contents, such as inventory, equipment, and furniture. Bundle it with general liability coverage in a BOP for savings.
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State laws affect which business insurance coverage you need. These policies are required everywhere in Virginia, from Richmond to Virginia Beach.
This policy covers medical bills for work-related injuries and illnesses, and provides disability benefits to injured Virginia workers. Most policies include employer's liability insurance, which covers legal bills if an employee claims their injury was caused by the employer's negligence.
Commercial auto insurance covers the cost of accidents involving work vehicles.
Business vehicles in Virginia aren't required to carry this coverage. However, you must be able to prove you can meet the state's financial responsibility requirements in the event of an at-fault accident.
If you purchase insurance, the state imposes coverage minimums. Virginia's minimum requirements for auto liability insurance are:
Trucking companies may need additional coverage to comply with regulations.
Though it's not required, personal vehicles driven for work purposes should be covered by hired and non-owned auto insurance (HNOA), as personal auto policies usually exclude business use. It can be added to commercial general liability insurance or a business owner's policy (BOP).
Virginia's data breach laws require businesses to report security breaches to affected residents, and the costs can escalate quickly. Cyber liability insurance lessens the financial impact by paying for notification costs, legal fees, and fines.
Yes, your state may have special requirements for business insurance and bonds for your industry. You may also need a license depending on the work you do.
Attorneys, while not required to carry legal malpractice insurance (also called professional liability insurance), must report their coverage status to the state every year.
Note that cities and counties may have their own laws, in addition to state laws.
As with any purchase, shopping around is one of the best ways to find an affordable option. With Insureon, you can compare quotes from top-rated providers by filling out a free online application.
Other ways to save include bundling policies for a discount, and choosing less expensive policy options, such as lower limits or a higher deductible. Learn more about how to find cheap business insurance.