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Lawsuits are not reserved for the rich and famous, unfortunately, no one is immune.  Disastrous circumstances can leave you in debt if you are not protected.

An umbrella insurance policy goes beyond the limitations of traditional insurance.

GreatFlorida Insurance provides extra liability insurance from lawsuits, property damage, injuries, slander and libel, worldwide incidents and false arrest and imprisonment as well as shock and mental anguish for residents of West Palm Beach.

Our umbrella insurance is designed to protect you and your family from major claims and lawsuits. It is security without the huge costs.

An umbrella policy will cover medical bills and claims of an incident that occurs on your property such as a dog bite, pool injury or death, or boating incident. Property damage liability covers damage you are responsible for such as a serious auto accident.

It can also safeguard rental property you own. Without an umbrella policy your assets, college fund, salary and retirement savings are vulnerable.

GreatFlorida Insurance is here to support you and your family when a crisis occurs. Prevent your family from financial ruin by signing up for an umbrella policy to shelter your family’s future.

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It's the part of insurance that we all dread, policy coverage limitations. You pay for insurance expecting complete protections.

Unfortunately, we all know that while it's essential to arm yourself with insurance policies that protect your assets, there are occasions where those policies just aren't enough.

You can hope that you have great luck and will never need more than your policies cover, or you can invest in umbrella insurance.

Contact a GreatFlorida Umbrella Insurance Agent in West Palm Beach for your free quote today by calling 561-640-9890 or by taking a few moments to complete our online quote request form.

What is Umbrella Insurance?

Umbrella Insurance is like the super hero of insurance policies. It saves you by breaking the chains on the limitations of auto, boat and home insurance.

Basic policy exclusions are no match for umbrella insurance. Get added protection from such liabilities and incidents like:

  • Lawsuits
  • Property damage
  • Injuries
  • Slander and libel
  • Worldwide incidents
  • False arrest and imprisonment

How do I know if I need an umbrella insurance policy?

Do you want to know you're protected against the limits of your policies? Do you want coverage on items that are excluded from your policies?

If you answered "yes," an umbrella insurance policy is your answer.

Simply call 561-640-9890 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Umbrella Insurance Agent in West Palm Beach will help you find the best deal for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/12/2019

Lightning is wreaking havoc in Florida. In the past week, lightning struck and killed two giraffes at the Lion County Safari in Loxahatchee. As if that was not unusual enough, a motorcyclist was struck and killed on his bike, while driving on I-95, in Volusia County.

“Lightning is such a common occurrence in Florida we often dismiss its dangers” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent motorcycle insurance agency.

Motorcyclist are especially vulnerable to lightning strikes because they lack the protection of a car’s metal shell, reports The National Lightning Safety Council, John Jensenius. It is a common misconception that the rubber on the tires of the bike will keep you safe.

Jensenius was also quick to debunk another myth, that a motorcyclist can outrun lightning, if you are traveling fast enough you cannot be struck. However, lightning travels too quickly to be outrun by humans.

The Weather Channel reports the motorcyclist who died in Florida is the 12th person killed in a motorcycle-related lighting death in the U.S. since 2006.

Lightning kills and injures more people in Florida than any other state. The Red Cross reports, more people are killed every year by lightning strikes, than tornadoes and hurricanes. Thunderstorms produce lightning along with damaging winds and heavy rain that can cause flooding.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates, 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes in the U. S. every year. Lightning can strike more than 10 miles from where it is raining. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose a threat.

All thunderstorms produce lightning. Lightning strikes cause horrific injuries. Being struck can cause burns, serious lifelong pain and permanent neurological disabilities, as well as cardiac arrest and death.

“Every year claims for lightning losses total in the hundreds of millions, reports Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent motorcycle insurance agency.

Some safety tips to heed during a thunderstorm are listed below.

When thunder roars, go indoors. There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. If you are in the water, get out immediately. Avoid open structures such as gazebos, porches and baseball dugouts.

Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in the area and you do not want that to be you. If you are caught in an open area, such as a golf course or ball field, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you crouch down into a ball position, with your feet and knees together with your head tucked and your hands over your ears. The idea is to get low without touching the ground. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly from over 100 feet away.

If you are in a group spread out from one another to reduce the number of injuries if lighting strikes the ground.

Wait to go outside for 30 minutes after you hear the last thunderclap.

Someone who is struck does not carry and electrical charge and requires medical attention immediately.

Don’t let a storm rob you. GreatFlorida Insurance provides top notch motorcycle insurance to fit your budget. Give us a call today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/4/2019

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has received another extension until the end of September. This gives lawmakers more time to work on a bi-partisan deal on how to reform the program which is billions of dollars in debt. The NFIP provides flood insurance to more than 5 million policy holders across the country.

“While the solution is temporary, we are glad to see the NFIP extension in place with hurricane season upon us,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

The extension is part of a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, with $1.5 billion going toward the rebuilding of Tyndall Air Force Base, after hurricane Michael. Plus, millions will go to Florida farmers for agriculture recovery in the state. The package also includes $900 million to Puerto Rico for hurricane recovery efforts.

Since its formation in 1968, the NFIP had covered its losses. However, damages from hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma have overwhelmed the fund, forcing Congress to cover billions in payments to those with insured properties.

Frustration is growing from lawmakers and outside groups, at the lack of progress toward a more viable solution. “After eleven short-term extensions, communities and residents at risk deserve certainty and stability,” says SmarterSafer.org, a national group that favors risk-priced flood insurance.

Solutions for reform include, increasing flood insurance rates, more resilient home construction along the coast, improved residential building codes, better flood maps and more coverage from the private insurance market.

“We would really like to see lawmakers come up with a sustainable long-term extension or reform for the program,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance.

Lawmakers have until September 30 of this year to come up with an agreement or they will have to pass another short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.

GreatFlorida Insurance provides flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Policy. Visit us online today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
5/22/2019

Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 27. It’s time to fire up the grill and hang your American flag. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May. It honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

“Take a moment to give thanks and remember those who died in service to our country,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent auto insurance agency.

At 3 p.m., people are encouraged to stop for a moment of silence on Memorial Day.

What is opened and what is closed?

Most government offices and some private businesses are closed for Memorial Day. Banks, the U.S. Postal Service, the stock market and schools are closed or not in service. Most UPS and FedEx services are also unavailable that day. Trash pick-up varies, check your local provider. The DMV is closed, and courts are not in session.

Most stores are open on Memorial Day, however, Costco is closed. Good Housekeeping has complied a comprehensive list of retail and grocery stores, along with restaurants and fast food chains that are open.

Travel

Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer and summer travel. AAA predicts this holiday weekend will see the most road-trippers on record with over 37.6 million hitting the road.

“Patience will be required with all the additional drivers on the road,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent auto insurance agency.

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. According to AAA, Orlando and Tampa are among the top 10 destinations for travelers to visit this Memorial Day weekend.

Whether your plans are to travel or stay home, GreatFlorida Insurance wishes you and your family an enjoyable holiday weekend! For all your car insurance needs contact us.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
5/15/2019

You found your dream home. Now, it is time to conduct your due diligence by getting a home inspection.

A home inspection should not be skipped, it can save a home buyer from potential issues with their new home in the future,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance agency.

Results from a home inspection could affect the purchase of a home. Florida homeowners are required by law to disclose all known problems that could negatively impact the value of a home to a potential buyer. Requesting an updated Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement is a good start. However, the seller can only disclose problems they are aware of regarding the property. A home inspection can reveal problems the current homeowner might not know about.

Home inspection services should be performed by a licensed home inspector. They are required to provide written reports of the home inspection. The report will contain detailed information on the property and be delivered no longer than a week after the inspection. Florida law requires the inspector to check the following:

Structural components including framing and the foundation of the home

Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses

HVAC system equipment and venting

Roof covering including shingles, flashing and skylights

Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps

Interior components including walls, ceilings, floor, windows, doors, stairs and railings

Exterior components including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.

As well as site conditions that affect the structure

Keep in mind, home inspections are defined by Florida law as, “a limited visual examination.” While home inspectors cover a lot they do not cover the following unless specified.

Pest control and termites

Swimming pools and hot tubs

Appliances

Alarm systems

Fire and smoke detection and suppression systems

Environmental hazards-asbestos, radon gas, lead paint, toxic mold

Detached structures- docks, garages, sheds

Code compliance

Well systems

Several of these listed are real issues in Florida homes. To check for those, a specialized inspector is required.

“Make sure you hire a state certified home inspector,” recommends Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

Your real estate agent, friends and family are great resources to find a dependable home inspector in your area.  Other resources include: American Society of Home Inspectors and Porch.

Make sure you get the adequate homeowners insurance you need with GreatFlorida Insurance. Contact us today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
5/8/2019

This year’s legislative session has come to an end. According to the Tampa Bay Times, lawmakers passed 195 bills of the 1,861 bills filed. Some bills were successful and for most of the others- there is always next year. Below are some highlights.

Winners:

Property Insurance Reform-Property insurance reform, commonly known as assignment of benefits (AOB). It will primarily limit attorney’s fees in disputes over assignment of benefits between insurance companies and contractors and authorizes policies that aren’t subject to assignment of benefits.

“After a long battle against insurance abuse, there is a victory,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent auto insurance agency.

The following are the bills provisions according to Insurance Journal.

  • Define “assignment agreement” and establishing requirements for the execution, validity, and effect of such an agreement
  • Prohibit certain fees and altering policy provisions related to managed repairs in an assignment agreement
  • Transfer certain pre-lawsuit duties under the insurance contract to the assignee and shift the burden to the assignee to prove that any failure to carry out such duties has not limited the insurer’s ability to perform under the contract
  • Require each insurer to report specified data on claims paid in the prior year under assignment agreements by January 30, 2022, and each year thereafter
  • Allow an insurer to make available a policy prohibiting assignment, in whole or in part, under certain conditions
  • Revise the state’s one-way attorney fee statute to incorporate an attorney fee structure in determining the fee amount awarded in suits by an assignee against an insurer
  • Require service providers to give an insurer and the consumer prior written notice of at least 10 business days before filing suit on a claim.

Texting- Texting while driving will now be considered a primary offense, meaning law enforcement can stop a motorist for just that offense. It is also illegal to use or hold your cell phone while driving through a school zone or construction zone.

Ride Share-Ride share services such as Uber and Lyft can provide non-emergency trips to the hospital for Medicaid patients.

Losers:

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)- A repeal to eliminate Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system, where drivers are required to carry personal injury protection coverage to help pay medical bills after accidents. “Each year an attempt is made to eradicate the old no-fault system and move to a bodily-injury coverage requirement, but it cannot get enough support from lawmakers, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent auto insurance agency.

Genetic Testing – Restricts insurance companies from using genetic testing information in selling policies or setting rates.

Sunscreen- Prohibits local governments from banning the sale of certain sunscreens.

Call GreatFlorida Insurance for all your auto insurance needs. We can craft a policy to suit your needs. Contact us today.

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
5/1/2019

Would you let your kid ride with a stranger? USA Today recently featured an article asking, “Parents, would you let your kid ride an Uber or Lyft by themselves?” Kids getting rides through ridesharing companies is a growing trend.

“Parents have an emergency arise or they cannot get away from work, so they turn to rideshare companies such as Uber or Lyft to help them transport their kids,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent rideshare insurance agency.

While some parents feel this is a helpful transportation alternative, other parents feel it is too big of a safety risk for their children. The trend also goes against company policies. Uber and Lyft require riders to be 18 or older to ride unless accompanied by an adult.

“While not as popular or widely available, rideshare services are available to transport kids in certain areas of Florida,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent rideshare insurance agency.

Below is a list of rideshare services specifically designed to transport children.

Care.com– they offer transportation services at an average rate of $12 per hour. Safety and screening are left up to the person hiring. They are available throughout the state.

Moms Helping Moms– this service is currently only available in Parkland and Coral Springs. They offer door to door service and provide transportation for ages 4-17. Drivers are required to complete a variety of courses and certifications to ensure child safety.

Bubbl– is expanding in to the Emerald Coast area with service between Pensacola to Panama City. They hire active or retired military, police officers, firefighters, nurses and first responders. Their vetting process includes in-person interviews, criminal background checks, drug tests and a motor vehicle review. The minimum rider age is 8. Rides can be booked by phone or app.

Whether you drive full-time for a rideshare company such as Uber or Lyft, or it is the source of additional income, make sure you are covered. If you are looking for rideshare insurance, contact GreatFlorida Insurance today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
4/24/2019

AccuWeather predicts a fairly normal 2019 Hurricane season. They expect to see 12 – 14 storms to develop in the Atlantic. “Of those storms, five to seven are forecast to become hurricanes and two to four are forecast to become major hurricanes.”

“Despite the predictions for a normal hurricane season, it only takes one storm to do incredible damage,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance company.

Hurricane damage is what retirees are concerned about, and it is driving many out of the state. About 52,630 people ages 65 and over left Florida in 2017, compared to 48,174 in 2016 and 43,356 in 2012, according to Jon Rork, professor of Economics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, who studies retirement migration.

Rork told Money, “Many of these people have left Florida for states like Georgia and North Carolina. There’s a hypothesis that those who have left Florida for Georgia and North Carolina have done so to avoid hurricanes and big insurance premium jumps.”

 

One cause for concern is changes being made to flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to implement risk-based pricing in 2020. This would change from the current system used by the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP), which depends on flood maps that are often outdated.

The reason for the transition? To offer a “more accurate assessment of risk,” according to FEMA. The NFIP is currently billions of dollars in debt. It unsustainably pays out more than it takes in each year. Many are concerned this means higher rates for those living in coastal areas.

“Before we sound an alarm, it is best to wait and see what Congress does, while being aware of the potential increases,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance company.

Current funding for NFIP expires on May 31, 2019. Legislators have until then to reach an agreement and find a permanent solution for the program or else pass another temporary funding extension.

GreatFlorida Insurance provides homeowners insurance and well as flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Policy. Visit us online today.

 

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