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unladen liability

Unladen liability is used in motor carrier/trucking terminology to refer to liability coverage while a truck is operated with an attached empty trailer that is not hauling cargo (i.e., deadheading) or without any trailer (i.e., bobtailing), regardless of whether the truck is dispatched or not.

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This term is often used interchangeably with "bobtail" or "non-trucking liability," but unladen liability has a broader scope since it includes both liability for deadheading or bobtailing regardless of dispatch status.

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Bobtail liability is the term coined to apply to auto liability coverage for an owner/operator...

Deadheading is operating a truck/tractor with its trailer empty.

A truck/tractor operating without a trailer or semitrailer.