The first rules that should be followed by shippers is to verify cargo insurance and trucking authority in the states that your shipment will be traveling through. Visit the Safety Stats website for safety reports on commercial carriers. Some of the many carriers on the road have a terrible safety record or have no current authority, and in many cases they don’t even have valid cargo insurance. This article is written to open shippers eyes to this situation that is more common than not. Getting a lower rate to haul your shipment by a carrier sounds great on the surface but is it all that big of a savings or are you just a risk taker? It’s your decision after all.