Even while each vehicle accident is different, there is one guideline that applies to all of them: do not discuss the accident on social media. Many individuals these days are accustomed to broadcasting everything on social media and do not think twice about it after a vehicle accident. You may, however, wind up causing far more harm than you think. Continue reading to discover more, and then call 800-333-0000 to schedule a free legal consultation with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker.
Your social media posts might be used by the insurance company to “prove” that you were not injured
If you have a social media post following your injury that shows you doing something other than resting in a hospital bed, the insurance company is likely to try to use it as proof that you are not suffering as much as you claim. A harmless photograph of you enjoying a BBQ, for example, might be used as proof that you are not suffering from the leg discomfort you allege.
It’s possible that your comments will be skewed into admissions of fault
Something you say that has nothing to do with your problem might be used to demonstrate that you are admitting responsibility. For example, if you replied, “I never saw the other car coming!” the opposing counsel may argue that you were largely or entirely at fault. You don’t want your statements to be taken out of context, even if you’re the one who caused the disaster.
The number of posts you make might be used to demonstrate that you were not afflicted
There’s no denying that vehicle accidents are terrifying. Physical pain can be excruciating, and mental damage can persist for years. If you post on social media multiple times each day and your messages appear to be mostly upbeat, the opposing counsel may try to persuade a jury that you are not suffering at all.
You can be inadvertently undermining confidentiality
Confidentiality rules protect you when you speak with a personal injury attorney about your car accident case. If you disclose private information on social media, however, it becomes public, and the confidentiality safeguards will no longer apply. The majority of vehicle accidents involve personal information such as medical data and financial information. Do not expose your personal life to the public.
It’s not enough to make your account private
Too frequently, people believe that if they just keep their postings private or for friends only, they would be able to say whatever they want. This is untrue. You might be served with a subpoena and forced to hand up whatever information you’ve given. It’s best if you don’t say anything at all. In an ideal world, you’d just ignore your social media accounts until your lawsuit is finished.
Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.