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Automobile liability Insurance is provided by the State of Florida as required in accordance with Florida Statute 284.  This insurance provides protection for Florida State University against third party bodily injury and property damage losses arising from the use of State vehicles operated in the course and scope of employment.  The University, through the State of Florida, has sovereign immunity to the extent specified in Florida Statute 768.28. FSU has automobile liability coverage in the amount of $200,000 per person up to a total of $300,000 aggregate.  In addition, there is personal injury coverage in the amount of $10,000 per person and $10,000 per occurrence. As Florida State University is considered a State of Florida entity, all claims are administered by the Department of Financial Services.  Regardless of the severity of the accident, all claims must be reported to a Police Official and an official Police report must be completed.  We do not accept claims that are reported by each party via computer.  All accidents involving vehicles must be reported to Environmental Health and Safety within 48 hours regardless of damages. The Driver's Information Exchange Report should be provided to Environmental Health and Safety within 48 hours of the accident.  

No coverage exists for physical damage to a state owned automobile.  If an employee is involved in an accident while operating the vehicle is considered to be at fault or not working in the course and scope of employment, the Department assigned to that vehicle is responsible for the cost of repairs for any damages incurred.   If the other party involved in the accident is at fault, damages can be subrogated against the other party.  This determination is made by the Insurance and Claims Manager within the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.  Subrogation Claims are filed by the Insurance and Claims Manager for subrogation purposes.   Should an accident occur involving two Florida State University owned vehicles, the repairs of the vehicles are handled between the departments assigned the vehicles.  If the accident involves another state of Florida entity, that claim will be administered by the Florida Department of Financial Services and filed by the Florida State University Claims Manager.

It is encouraged that passengers not employed with Florida State University complete a Voluntary Consent and Waiver Form prior to traveling in a State Vehicle. You may click on this link to see the generic version of the template for a Voluntary Consent Form and Waiver.  This form is able to be modified to meet the department needs but it is strongly encouraged that the departments have the form reviewed by the an Attorney within the General Counsel Office at Florida State University. 

The current insurance provided does not allow for coverage of comprehensive or collision. In addition, there is no coverage for loss of a vehicle resulting from fire, theft, or vandalism. Physical damage coverage, including comprehensive (fire, theft, vandalism) may be purchased for automobiles under a private policy administered through the Florida Department of Management Services.  Please contact the Department of Environmental Health & Safety for additional information.

 


Forms

  • Automobile Accident Report [PDF]
  • Automobile Claimant Checklist [DOC] [PDF]
  • Lien Disclosure Statement [DOC]
  • Request for Taxpayer Identification Number & Certification (IRS W-9) [PDF]

References  

  • Florida Statute 284
  • Florida Statute 728.68

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