It is not uncommon for us to turn to social media tell our friends and families of the main events of our lives. One major thing not to do is to post status updates, pictures, and comments regarding a car accident. Anything you post online through social media can be used against you even if you have private settings.
Here are some tips:
Be Very Cautious with Social Media after an Accident
- Adjust your account settings so access is limited to family and friends that you trust only
- Avoid accepting any new "friend" requests as they may be associated with the other driver's insurance company or attorney.
- Never post any information, photos, or status updates regarding your accident, injuries, car, and passengers.
- Don't make any negative or angry comments about the other driver, attorneys, insurance companies or anyone connected to your court case.
- When in doubt, leave it out!
How Your Postings Can Be Used Against You
If you initiate a case for your accident assume that the other side will be doing a very thorough investigation into your online presence.
Here are two examples of postings that can be detrimental to your case:
1.) "I had a great time out with my friends last night until some idiot hit us." - Seems innocent enough, but the other counsel may use this post against you and claim that you were either driving too late and were tired, had to many distractions in your car, or possibly claim that you were out partying which could mean you and your friends were drinking or doing drugs.
2.) "Today someone hit me! Luckily enough I am OK and there seems to be only a small dent." - First, some injures can take time to reveal themselves and you just stated that you were fine. This could be used against you that "your injuries" were from another incident that took place after the accident. Second, you just said that there was only a small dent. What if you take your car to the mechanic and there is something more serious with your car that isn't visible to the eye? By posting that there is just a small dent on your car from the accident, the other side will claim that the "other damages" that the mechanic found were there previously.
Just remember: When it comes to an online social presence BE CAREFUL and "when in doubt, leave it out".