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What should be included in the hotshot owner operator contract?

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A hotshot trucking contract, acting as a legally binding agreement between a freight shipper and an independent driver, includes provisions to protect both parties. It clearly defines the roles of each party, the compensation for specific services related to delivery, the timeline for delivery and contract termination and responsibilities in the case of preventable or unforeseen accidents or delays.

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The website Rocket Lawyer features a sample template of a general trucking contract between shipping and delivery signatories. The site features an online interview process to automatically generate a customized and, once signed by each party, legally binding trucking contract.

Hotshot trucking specifically refers to the practice of hauling expedited freight on a one-time basis. It is typically performed by owner-operators of delivery vehicles ranging from pickup trucks with or without a trailer, straight trucks with a box or flatbed and tractor-trailers. The type of vehicle required depends significantly on the shipment being sent.

As an independent trucking contractor, a hotshot trucker is generally required to cover fuel, insurance and vehicle payment costs. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires a hotshot trucking business to be legally registered and employ a process agent to handle documents and summons regarding the business in each state being operated in.

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