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What you should know about social media and car accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Most people enjoy using social media, but it can be harmful if you’ve been involved in a crash and then turn to social media to talk about it. Social media can have a negative effect on your car accident case. What you post, say and do online may hinder your ability to get the compensation that you believe you deserve.

Social media is negative, because it shows only aspects of your life that you want to have seen. For example, you might not be able to walk following a crash, but taking a video of you sitting around and laughing with others could hurt your claim that you’re in chronic pain. Photographs of you enjoying time out with friends or posts discussing how you’re feeling could all hurt your case.

Should you use social media following a collision?

No, if you can avoid it, stay off social media. Social media gives you an opportunity to talk to others and tell them about your collision, but there is also a risk that you will say something that hurts your case. For instance, posting immediately after the crash that you’re “fine,” but then trying to claim that you were injured at the scene could be difficult. Since some injuries are delayed, it’s better not to say anything at all. If you must post, keep it simple and factual. For instance, “I was in a crash, I’ll be off social media for a while.”

If social media can hurt your case, can it help it, too?

Social media can sometimes be a good way to prove your injuries, such as if someone posts an image of you in the hospital in the early days following a crash. However, for the most part, it’s not a good idea to use social media. Your privacy is better protected if you keep yourself offline, which is something you may want following a serious injury.

If you aren’t sure if you should or should not post online, it’s better to err on the side of privacy. Then, when you’re ready to make a claim, you’ll know what information others can access about your health.