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Be smart about social media after a car crash

A motor vehicle wreck is likely to cause medical and financial issues. Given the stress and inconvenience, it can be natural to want to discuss your injuries on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other forms of social media. Venting your frustrations on social media, although satisfying in the short term can create problems in the long term. In fact, the things you say on social media could potentially harm your personal injury claim.

How can social media damage your case?

The public nature of social media means that people outside of your intended audience could see your post, tweet or photo. If the insurance company were to gain access to this information, it could attempt to contradict or willfully misinterpret this information.

Social media dos and don’ts after a car crash

Ideally, any person who has been in an accident should completely refrain from divulging any information over social media. There is not much upside to discussing your injuries or your accident, but there can be a serious downside. If you are unable to quit social media completely, consider the following:

  • Review and change your privacy settings if necessary:  On Facebook, if you have not changed your privacy settings to friends only, do so. This will minimize the likelihood of the insurance company finding any of your posts.
  • Exercise caution when posting or commenting: If you are angry or in a bad mood while posting online, these comments could unintentionally damage your case. Even seemingly innocent comments or posts could be taken out of context and used against you.
  • Take a close look at photos and videos: If you are smiling in a picture taken at a gathering of friends, or are shown in a video engaging in physical activities, an insurance company could claim that your injuries are not as severe as you claim to be. Untag yourself in any photos that could harm your case, or ask the person who posted the photo to take it down.

Limiting your social media usage while your accident claim is pending can only help you. An experienced lawyer can also help you in maximizing your financial recovery while allowing you to focus on your physical recovery.

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