Social Media After a Car Accident May Harm Your Claim
How Social Media Posts Can Harm Your Car Accident Claim
When a car wreck or accident enters the court system, there are many factors that come in to play. Testimony from witnesses, police reports, and even traffic cameras can and are used in court by either side. The constantly expanding role of the Internet in everyday life, social interactions, and new technologies are starting to be used in court. One element which is becoming increasingly intertwined with personal injury claims is the existence of social media.
After you have been in a car accident and you post pictures or write about what you did that night of your accident, you must remember that the insurance adjuster or the other driver’s attorney may be watching everything that you post. Your pictures, Facebook status updates, twitter posts, and blog posts all in the hopes that your content will contain incriminating information. DO NOT post anything to do with your accident.
We advise our clients to be very careful about using social media after a car accident. You may think that what you are posting on social media is safe and not detrimental to your case, but you never know how another person will twist what you posted to be used against you. Check your privacy settings and be sure that any unknown users are blocked and unable from looking at your page, and do not accept any friend requests that you do not know.
Personal Injury Claims: Be Careful of What You Post On-Line
Photos and videos of your accident are not the only things that should be omitted from your social media pages. If you are claiming personal injury and seeking compensation and you are posting pictures of you out and about, at the party, swimming with the family or you out and doing the things that an injured person could not do, your claim could be compromised. If you are involved in an injury case, lay low and stick around the house, try to minimize your appearance on social media, and disable friends from tagging you in their pictures or posts.
Even if you are in a tremendous amount of pain, if a picture shows you out and smiling after your injury, the opposition can use it against you. The picture doesn’t show someone in constant pain because you are an upstanding person and you are trying to deal with it as best you can, but think of this situation and how it could be used against you to claim that you really aren’t hurt as seriously as you say you are.
If you’ve been hurt, the last thing you should have to worry about is your medical bills and finances. You need to focus on making a full recovery. We are here to answer all of your questions and provide assurance in times of uncertainty. If you have a case or have questions about your legal rights, then please contact us at any time for a free consultation. Click HERE to contact IWasInAWreck.com today.