In today’s world, many people post their daily thoughts and activities online for the entire world to see. Social media has connected society in ways the world has never before seen. Unfortunately, this can sometimes have a negative impact on a car accident case. In order to maximize your chance of receiving adequate compensation for your injuries after a crash, use caution whenever posting anything on social media.
Be Careful About What You Post, Share or Tweet
How can something as seemingly harmless as a social media post impact your car accident case? Here’s how:
- Posting details about the accident can be used against you by the other driver. In many cases, social media posts are made without much forethought. You may feel highly emotional, confused, and in shock. If you put up a social media post after the accident, may leave out important details or get some of the information wrong. This can later be used against you. The other driver may also be able to claim that you do not really remember what happened since your story appears to have changed over time.
- Certain statements made on social media can inadvertently imply that you had some level of responsibility for the accident. Words can easily be twisted in court. It is important to remember that the other driver, his insurance company, or attorney may try to place on you some or all of the blame for the accident. If you make statements on social media about the crash, you open up the opportunity for these words to be used to imply guilt.
- Making an emotional statement on social media about the accident can harm your potential to receive damages. For example, if you state something like, “I don’t want money, I just want to be healthy again,” the other driver can use this against you when it comes time to negotiate a settlement.
- Posting angry or hurtful statements about the other driver on social media are looked upon poorly by a jury. In some cases, it may even win sympathy for the other driver.
- Even social media statements unrelated to the specifics of the accident could potentially be used against you. For example, if you post about drug use, alcohol consumption, or your mental state, this information can be can be used by the other driver’s insurance company or defense attorney.
To learn more about avoiding mistakes after a car accident, check out our free guide, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim! 10 Rules of the Road to Win Your Accident Case in Missouri & Kansas.