In today’s world, many people post the details of their daily lives on their social media accounts. While this can be an enjoyable activity that fosters relationships and keeps your loved ones in touch with your daily life, it can also create potential harm. After a car accident, it is best to exercise caution when sharing on social media accounts.
Tips for Using Social Media Safely After a Car Accident
How can social media harm your accident case? If you put up a social media post declaring that you’ve been in an accident but you are ok, the insurance company or opposing attorney could try to argue that you are lying about the extent of your injuries or suffering after a crash. Similarly, if you post pictures from a fun trip or event, even if they occurred in the past, an insurance adjuster could see them and infer that you are lying about the extent of your injuries. The adjuster may not take the time to assess the actual date of when you participated in the event. If the adjuster then denies your claim, you will be forced to appeal it and prove that the images date back prior to the accident.
What can you do to minimize the risk that your social media presence could harm your accident claim? Start by taking the following steps:
- Consider refraining from posting on your social media accounts around the time of your accident.
- If you want to continue using social media, minimize or avoid reference to the accident. Any posts relating to the crash should be brief and factual, free from emotion.
- Review your social media account security settings. Ensure that the maximum privacy protections are in place.
- Avoid accepting any new “friend” requests from anyone who you do not know. Some insurance agents or attorneys may try to access your account for more information by sending you such a “friend” request.
- Do not accept a “friend” request from your own insurance adjuster either. Your relationship with this person is professional and should not involve your social media accounts.
- Avoid making any posts that contain information about a settlement, progress during a case, or other details relating to the accident or your injuries.
Social media clearly has many benefits. One such benefit is the ability to share valuable information with friends and family. We encourage you to share a link to this article on your Facebook or Twitter account today to help inform your loved ones about the importance of good social media habits after a crash.
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