With social media now being so popular, it's easier than ever to connect with people from across the world. Unfortunately, detailing every aspect of your life on the web can also cause problems. After being involved in an auto accident, it's probably a good idea to take a brief hiatus from social media. Definitely avoid discussing details of the crash. Saying the wrong things on popular sites like Facebook and Twitter can, in fact, jeopardize your accident claim.
When seeking compensation for a personal injury, the insurance company's defense attorney will be taking a close look at your activity on social media. If you're the person being sued, be especially careful about what you reveal on the internet. Any information you share with others can be used against you. Here's what not to post of public forums.
Shy Away From Posting Pictures
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. While your attorney is negotiating with the insurance company, shy away from uploading photos. If a recent photo album shows you doing certain activities, your injuries may not seem as severe. Even a few snapshots of your backyard barbeque can reduce your compensation.
If you've recently been injured in a car accident, avoid tweeting at all costs. While sending out a tweet saying that you're okay may seem harmless, this could ultimately compromise your case. It could cause the insurance company to question the severity of your injuries. A screenshot of your tweet can be used as damaging evidence. Don't give the opposing attorneys any extra ammunition.
Don't Make Any Comments About the Accident
While you don't have to stay off social media altogether, avoid making any comments about the accident. Remember, just a single slip-up can lower your chances of winning the case. Although many social media sites have a privacy setting, friends can still share your posts on their news feed. You don't want the other party's lawyer to get hold of this information.
Avoid Adding New Friends Who You Don't Know
It's not uncommon for insurance companies to use sneaky tactics as they gather evidence for their case. After being involved in a crash, be cautious of strangers who send you a friend request on social media. You could be giving an insurance adjuster easy access to your social media timeline.
Don't Take Down Old Posts
It's not a good idea to go back and delete your posts on social media. The removal of certain posts can be seen as you having something to hide. You could ultimately be accused of destroying evidence, which can have some significant repercussions.
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