Do I need to file a police report in order to file a claim with my auto insurance company?

Picture this, you are rear ended by another driver and they are at fault. You get out of your vehicles, the at fault driver is very apologetic, gives you his or her information and you go on your way with the intent of following up with the person and/or their insurance company. It’s not an uncommon scenario, especially if the damage is minimal.

Although the accident may not be substantial, we still recommend contacting the police. At the very least, contacting the police allows for you and the other driver’s details of the accident to be documented by a third party, authority figure.

Although it is not necessary to have a documented police report in order to file an auto insurance claim, it is helpful to have a documented account of the accident, in the event that the at fault driver tries to change their story.


Get to know Austin Williams

Get to know McGriff-Williams Personal Insurance Advisor, Austin Williams

Favorite book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne

Favorite quote: “This is the sort of person a truly wise man has to be. He will never do anything he might regret – or anything he does not want to do. Every action he performs will always be dignified, consistent, serious, upright. He will not succumb to the belief that this or that future event …is predestined to happen; and no event, therefore, will cause him surprise, or strike him as unexpected or strange. WHATEVER COMES UP, HE WILL CONTINUE TO APPLY HIS OWN STANDARDS; AND WHEN HE HAS MADE A DECISION, HE WILL ABIDE BY IT. A happier condition than that I am unable to conceive”- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Comfort Food: It’s a toss up between BBQ and pizza.

If you were stranded on an island and could bring only one (non-electronic) item  what would it be: Without a doubt, my fishing pole.

What is an item on your “bucket list?” I would love to visit New Zealand – No particular reason other than it looks beautiful and relaxing!

Complete the following sentence: “Ten years from now I hope to be happy and healthy”

What is your favorite holiday and why. Christmas for sure – It’s always such a joyful and fun time to spend with close family and friends.

Most used app on your phone: Flipboard

If you could have one super power what would it be?: The ability to fly would be the ultimate super power.


Seeking Full-Time Receptionist

McGriff-Williams Insurance is seeking a full time receptionist at our office located at 3501-A West University Avenue in Gainesville. We are an independent insurance agency specializing in the sale of auto, homeowners, business and health insurance. Office hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.  Full benefits are provided including health insurance, a retirement plan, disability and life insurance, and a generous time off plan.

Primary responsibilities include answering and dispersing calls using a multi-line telephone system, greeting clients, prospective clients and office visitors, processing of incoming and outgoing mail, document scanning, accepting and remitting client payments and light word processing. Other responsibilities could include coordination and purchase of office supplies and other administrative responsibilities as time permits.

Personal characteristics should include being a motivated self starter, energetic, positive, personable and hard working.

Skills should include customer service, telephone, computer/technology, organizational, interpersonal and the ability to multi-task.

To apply, send resume to:

Email: [email protected]

Fax: (352)505-2083 (attn. Mack WIlliams)

Mail: McGriff-Williams Insurance

3501-A West Univeristy Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32607

Get to know Alayna DeSalvo

Get to know McGriff-Williams Business Operations Coordinator, Alayna DeSalvo

What book are you reading now?: “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg

Favorite quote: “Work hard, play harder!”

What is your go-to comfort food?:  A good Italian always finds comfort in pasta.

What is an item on your “bucket list?”: Learn to speak a foreign language.

Complete the following sentence: “Ten years from now I hope to be celebrating my 17th anniversary at McGriff-Williams Insurance.”

A song, album or musical artist  that brings you back to a certain time in your life: Nelly’s Country Grammar album brings me back to a ton of great high school memories.

Favorite holiday and why: Fourth of July – it’s when I met the love of my life.

Favorite app on your phone, or app you use most frequently: Pinterest, Retail Me Not, Yelp

If you could be a super hero or have one super power, what would it be: A never-ending supply of energy!


Get to know Lee McGriff

Get to know McGriff-Williams founder and co-owner, Lee McGriff

What is your favorite book(s)?: “Unbroken” and/or “Twelve Mighty Orphans”

Favorite quote: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need” Rolling Stones

What is your go-to comfort food?: Good bread or Breyer’s ice cream

If you were stranded on an island and could bring only one (non-electronic) item, what would it be?: Fire…an eternal flame!

What is an item on your “bucket list:” Be at peace.

Complete the following sentence: “Ten years from now I hope to be much wiser and capable of doing everything I can do now, but better.”

What song brings you back to a special time in your life: There were many significant ones throughout my life but the most significant one is “The Impossible Dream” from The Man from La Mancha…It’s mattered since 9th grade.

What is your favorite holiday and why?  Thanksgiving –  It’s about spending time with the people you love, recognizing your blessing and feeling grateful…and good food.

What’s your favorite app on your phone, or the app you use most frequently: The weather app.

If you could be a super hero or have one super power, what would it be: I would be Superman so that I could fly.