If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you may want to keep your friends and family up-to-date on how you are doing. The easiest and fastest way to do this may be to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites.
Unfortunately, posting on social media about your crash or your injuries could seriously weaken your claim with the negligent driver's insurance company and limit your ability to obtain the full value of your claim in your settlement. Here are four ways that your posts on social media sites could hurt your case.
#1: Your Statements Could Be Misconstrued as an Admission of Fault
You should expect the insurance adjuster and their attorney to search your social media sites multiple times as part of their investigation of your claim. One of the things they are looking for is damaging statements by you that they can use to deny your claim or reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay you.
When talking about your motor vehicle collision on Facebook, Twitter, or other sites, you may make what you perceive as an innocent statement that is misconstrued by the insurance company. They could argue that statements like "I'm sorry" or "I didn't see the driver before they struck me" are an admission that you were partially at fault for your crash.
#2: The Insurance Company Could Claim That Your Posts Show You Were Not Seriously Injured
You could be off work for months or longer while you recover from your injuries. While you may be too hurt to work, you may be able to engage in other activities. If you post pictures or discuss them on social media, the insurance company could use them to argue that you are not as injured as you claim.
How do they do this? The insurance adjuster would look at your sites to see what activities you share. Even an innocent dinner at a bowling alley could be misconstrued as you going there to bowl, which they would pounce on if your injuries prevent you from doing this activity.
#3: Being Too Active on Social Media May Also Hurt Your Case
Even if you are careful not to post about your collision or your injuries, your frequent posts could be used against you by the insurance company. They may argue that you are not as seriously hurt or in as much pain as you claim, or you would not be on social media sites as much as you are.
#4: Posts by Friends and Family Could Be Harmful Too
It is not only your own posts and pictures that can hurt you. The insurance adjuster could also search your friends' and family members' sites. If they tag you in a post about an activity they were doing or post a picture with you in it, the insurance adjuster may find it and use it to try to pay you less in settlement negotiations.
What's the Best Strategy for Social Media Posts While Your Claim Is Pending?
Your best option is to stay off social media completely until your motor vehicle accident claim is settled. If you continue to post, be very careful what you say and what pictures you share. You should also be wary of friend requests because the insurance adjuster or their lawyer could try to connect with you.
In addition, ask your friends and family not to tag you or talk about you in their own posts. You should also ask your motor vehicle accident attorney for tips on what you can and cannot discuss on social media sites.
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Area Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will cost you nothing to hire us because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only pay us if we win your case. We will also front the costs and fees you could incur. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.