Social media accounts are often so much a part of a person’s life that they do not think about all the ways in which their social media account could negatively impact their lives. For example, a person who was injured in a car accident may have the urge to immediately post about it on their social media accounts as they do other milestones in their lives.
Unfortunately, this can have a hugely negative impact. Keep reading to discover how social media can cause issues when used after a car accident. Then reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
The Insurance Company Can Use Social Media Posts in Court
The most important thing to realize is that the insurance company can absolutely use your social media posts in court. It may seem that simply tweeting that you were in an accident and were injured would not hurt you, but it can. Even if your pot seems entirely innocent, the insurance company could potentially use it against you. We recommend that you do not post about your accident at all. Ideally, you would not post about anything until your personal injury case is settled.
Do Not Assume That What You Have Set as “Private” Will Necessarily Be Private
Too often, people assume that their privacy settings will protect them. This is not always the case. No matter what you have set for privacy, you can assume that the information there is recorded and stored in one place – even if it is deleted. You can count on insurance companies being trained in how to uncover information that could be damaging.
In some cases, if you have information set to private the courts can compel you to make it public. This happened in one case in Pennsylvania in which the plaintiff was required to release data from social media that showed she had worked out at her gym, despite claiming that she was disabled.
What You Should Post After an Accident
Nothing. Yes, that is right – do not post anything on social media after you have been involved in an accident. Do not post about the accident and do not post about anything else. Even if it is something as simple as thanking your family and friends for helping you through the accident, this could be used against you.
Instead, contact a personal injury attorney. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We will carefully consider your case, let you know what your legal options may be, and advise you on other ways you can help protect your case. Call today and we can get started.