CFO Sink Urges Floridians to Be Prepared for Summer Road Travels
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2009
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Nina Banister (850) 413-2842
CFO SINK URGES FLORIDIANS TO BE PREPARED FOR SUMMER ROAD TRAVELS
TALLAHASSEE- Florida CFO Alex Sink is reminding Floridians that before you take a summer road trip, it is important to plan ahead and review your auto insurance. Knowing the details of your policy is important in case you are involved in an accident. It’s also important to know what happens when you file a claim.
“In the excitement of planning for a trip, it can be easy to forget how important it is to make sure you have the insurance coverage you need,” said CFO Sink. “Reviewing your auto insurance policy should be part of your travel preparation checklist, just like changing your oil and checking your tires.”
CFO Sink offers these tips for Floridians planning summer travel:
Before Leaving on Vacation:
Make sure you have your insurance identification card in the car.
Double-check that the phone numbers for your insurance company or agent are listed on the identification card.
If not, make note of these numbers to keep with your insurance identification card.
If You Are in an Automobile Accident:
Help anyone who is injured, but don’t move the injured. Call for an ambulance if needed.
Contact the proper law enforcement authorities and inform them of any injuries. Ask the investigating officer how to obtain a copy of the accident report.
Obtain the full names and addresses of those involved and witnesses. Write down license numbers and makes of vehicles involved. Make a note of the direction you were traveling, where you are located and the road and weather conditions.
Exchange your name and insurance information with the other party.
Do not discuss whose fault the accident was.
If possible, take pictures of the vehicles involved and the accident scene with your cell phone or camera.
Report the accident to your insurance agent or company as soon as possible.
Find additional tips and resources by viewing CFO Sink’s Auto Fact Sheet and the Automobile Insurance Guide for Consumers.
For questions about auto insurance coverage requirements in Florida, or to verify the license of the agent and the insurance company before you sign the application for a policy, call the Department of Consumer Services Consumer Help Line at 1-877-MyFLCFO (1-877-693-5236) or visit MyFloridaCFO.com.
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