Like it or not, social media is a way of life for many people. Worldwide, Facebook has over 1.3 billion users and almost half of users aged 18-34 check Facebook when they first wake up. Sharing is what we do, and it can be anything from bragging about our kids’ accomplishments, to vacation photos, to giving details about a recent car accident. If you are a social media sharer, you might want to think before you post.
Your Social Media Posts Can Hurt Your Accident Claim Outcome
While social media posts show up as evidence more in family law cases than personal injury cases, you have to be careful. As we have said before, don’t Facebook about your injury claim. Simple updates that are not completely clear like “Crappy day today. at fault accident” can be used by a lawyer for an insurance company to argue that you are responsible. Posting details about an accident or injury can directly impact the outcome in your case if your status update suggests that you were in any way inmattentive, negligent, reckless, distracted or inebriated at the time the car accident took place. Later in your case, the insurance company attorney can defend against your serious injury claim with the pictures posted on sites like Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter that show you jet skiing or working out. Similarly, even just posting comments that show a disregard of safety or the law can be used against you.
Think Before You Hit That “Publish Post” Button
The best advice is to stay away from the keyboard altogether. Just say no to social media during your case. It’s tempting to go off on a rant after you’ve been hurt in a car accident. And it’s also tempting to want to tell friends about the accident and your injuries, medical care, and maybe even the case itself. However, by posting this information for anyone to see you may be jeopardizing any compensation you may be entitled to.
While avoidance is the best policy, here are a few tips in the event you can’t live without your social connections while your case is being resolved:
– Put some privacy settings or security settings on your account. While it won’t protect what you write, it will limit who is able to see it easily (But, remember, some courts interpret the rules to allow the insurance company lawyers to getmost everything it if you have to file a lawsuit.)
– Don’t post about what’s happening in your case.
– Don’t post about anyone involved in the accident or the case.
– Stay away from chat rooms, message boards and blogs.
– Don’t post pictures or videos and monitor when other people “tag” you in their pictures or videos.
– Go back and clean up past posts. Remember that things you delete will not be completely gone but will be harder to find.
– Most importantly, think before you post. The Internet is forever.
Car Accidents and Social Media — We Can Help
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the attorneys at Holzer Edwards. We have a team of attorneys that are dedicated to helping individuals and families receive compensation for injuries and will properly advise you of your responsibilities with regards to social media. Our lawyers specialize in car accident cases, so please give us a call today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.