Truckers shouldn’t have to know everything about truck insurance. That’s where the experts at East Insurance Group come in. Their goal is to take the insurance aspect of your business off your mind, leaving you, the hard-working trucker, to concentrate on keeping that big rig rolling. So instead of doing hours of research online and making dozens of phone calls, you simply make one call to 443-304-9927 and let East Insurance Group do the work for you.

Click the Play button below to listen to my interview with Dave Meltzer, a Principal of East Insurance Group. We talk about all sorts of interesting (yes, really) insurance-related topics.


East Insurance Group is based in Baltimore, Maryland, but they can serve any trucking company that is based in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, or Washington DC.

Why should you use East Insurance Group?

  • They are an independent insurance agency

An independent agency is the only way to go. If you go directly to one of the big brand name insurance companies, they have limited options. And if they ever decide to drop you, you’re screwed because they only have one insurance supplier – themselves! But if you get your insurance through an independent insurance agency, they can shop it around to multiple companies.

This not only saves you money, but it also gets you the right kind of coverage with a customized plan tailored to your needs. They even review your current insurance situation 60 days before it expires to see if they can save you even more money, find you better coverage, or see if your insurance needs have changed.

  • They can guide you through the confusing world of insurance

Your personal vehicle isn’t too complicated, but after the conversation I had with Dave from East Insurance Group (listen to the audio interview above), I realized how truly complicated it all is. There are all sorts of hoops to jump through, but first you have to find the hoops before you can jump! Why bother?

Both Dave Meltzer and Mike Seidel (the main truck insurance dudes) have worked for one of the mega-insurance companies and I’m pretty sure they have a special hoop-finding device. My bet is it has cool, blue LED light on it somewhere.

  • They are your insurance advocate

We all know that if an insurance provider can get away without paying a claim, they will. The folks at East Insurance Group know that too. Since they are independent of the insurance provider, they can fight for you if your claim is being denied. I assume you’ve got better things to do, right?

But they also have the ability to know when to file a claim and when not to. As Dave pointed out in the interview, if you call a large insurance carrier to ask if you should file a claim, it’s already too late. The second you called them, the claim got started. They now know you have an issue.

But if East Insurance Group is your advocate, they would evaluate the situation and help you decide if it’s even worth filing a claim. It would be silly to file a claim for $2000 if it’s going to raise your premiums the next time you renew. You and I don’t have the insurance savvy to figure that out, but Dave and Mike do.

  • They are fast!

As Dave says in the interview, the insurance industry is filled with older people. He points out that it’s very similar to the trucking industry in that way. What does this have to do with being fast? Technology.

While you might hate technology, you want to work with companies who embrace it. If you call your agent and need to show proof of insurance to a DOT officer who is impatiently tapping his foot and shaking his head at you, you want to get it as fast as possible!

East Insurance Group has a paperless office. That means everything is digital (and of course backed up every which way to Sunday) and that means whether you need a new policy, need to change an existing policy, or you just need proof of insurance – pronto, they can get them too you super-fast! At some insurance agencies it can take up to a week to get this information! Uncool.

  • They give you direct access to your agent

Both Dave and Mike really want to be available to you when you need them most. Sure, every insurance company says that, but are they willing to give you their personal cell phone numbers? I didn’t think so. But I’m going to do it right here and now.   David Meltzer 443-255-0697     Mike Seidel 443-629-4111

So what do you have to lose?

Even if you are happy with your current truck insurance setup, why not get a second opinion? It’s completely free to get a quote and it will be a great way to see how responsive East Insurance Group is. You might even discover that you can get better coverage for a better price. And who doesn’t like better, right? Call them today!

About the Author
I'm a 22-year truck driver with an interest in tech stuff. I do the Trucker Dump podcast and blog, which is all about life as a trucker. I have also written two trucking books, "Trucking Life" and "How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job."

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