FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TOP SOUTH FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER ERIC G. CANTER IS INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE 2014 HURRICANE SEASON AND THE MOST OVERLOOKED ASPECTS OF PREPARATION.
The Atlantic hurricane season technically began June 1, 2014 and lasts until November 30, 2014. While I am sure some of you did take advantage of shopping tax free for some supplies like flashlights, batteries and weather radios Sales Tax Holiday from May 31 through June 8, 2014, there is one aspect of hurricane preparedness that you should not forget, the legal one. This article not only provides an overview of things often forgotten, but a handful of tips for resolving issues on the road and/or with other evacuees when emotions are running high and resources are running low. For starters, you’ll want to take a look at the Sun Sentinel Hurricane Survival Guide to review the basics..
South Florida Attorney Eric Canter explains, “have a good understanding of your insurance policies before a storm hits rather than worrying about your coverage after-the-fact. Knowing what your home-owner’s or renter’s insurance policy, as well as your automobile insurance policy covers and doesn’t cover will help you be prepared if you have to file a claim. In the event of a storm, when emotions and stress run high, your advanced preparation will make it much easier to get through”
With Insurance, especially auto – Canter asks, “Do you really know what’s on your policy? Are you really covered the way you think you are? Do you understand what “full coverage” is and what coverages Florida deems mandatory?” Over the last 17 years Eric Canter has been recognized as not only an outstanding community leader, but one of the top Personal Injury Lawyers in the South Florida and warns… “Over the years, I’ve rarely seen someone have a policy that actually protects them as much as they think it does. Reviewing your policy now can save you much heartache later.”
When asked about what can be done to protect both family and property while evacuating or making the decision to do so, here are a couple of notes provided by the firm.
2014 Hurricane Season in South Florida Tips to Remember:
- Important legal paperwork, deeds, titles, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, social security cards and and power of attorney documents should be in water tight containers / bags and accessible should an evacuation be ordered.
- While homeowner’s policies are typically impossible to modify once a hurricane is present, auto insurance isn’t. Make sure you have car insurance.
- In Florida, mandatory coverage for autos may not actually protect you in the ways once might think. We will gladly spend some time on the phone with anyone who has questions about their policy.
- If an accident occurs on the road, emergency services may have trouble reaching you. Remember to document everything about the scene and the other driver including damage, license plates, driver’s license, and mile markers.
- If there is an injury, do not risk moving out of frustration. Call 911 and wait for help to arrive. No storm or traffic jam is worth further injury.
- Most importantly – keep calm. During hurricane season emotions are already high and stress for everyone on the road is through the roof. Keeping a clear head and remembering these tips will help keep everyone involved safe.
Mr. Canter’s Law Office has also offered readers his contact information should the public have any questions regarding their existing policies and or any of the tips provided in this interview. “Nothing is more comforting in the time of an emergency than knowing all of your bases are covered. If you are involved in an accident, please do not hesitate to call our office toll free at (866) 529-0022. We are available 24/7 and are happy to help“.
If you live in a mandatory evacuation zone, here are some tips from the Florida Department of Transportation for learning about road and bridge closures, suspended tolls and escape routes.
FDOT’s 511 Traveler Information System can be followed on Twitter — @FL511_Southeast for our region — or get the app on Google Play or iTunes, or visit online at fl511.com.