After being involved in a car accident, it isn’t uncommon for friends and family members to message you to find out if you are okay. You may be tempted to post an update on social media to let everyone know what is happening.
Unfortunately, this can backfire. If you plan to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, anything you post on social media can be used against you.
The Types of Social Media Posts That May Hurt Your Accident Claim
The other side (or at-fault party) can use any information that you post on social media and use it out of context against you. Even if you post a picture of something completely unrelated to the accident – like a photo of you walking your dog – it may be used to say that you are actually in good health or uninjured.
However, other types of posts will definitely hurt your case. These include:
Apologizing: It is only natural to feel sympathy for everyone who was part of the accident. However, an insurance company may see your apology as an admission of fault. Conceding any level of fault: You may accidentally post information that implies you were partially or completely at fault, like that you missed a step and fell. If this happens, the other side may say you weren’t paying attention, so the accident and your injuries aren’t their faults.
Dismissing all or some of your injuries: If you want to prevent people from worrying about you, you may try to minimize how serious your injuries are on social media. However, the insurance company can use this to argue that you aren’t badly hurt.
Venting about the accident: You may want to vent your anger toward the driver that caused the accident. Doing this via social media may not benefit your case at all. The insurance company may say your claim is based on revenge or anger.
The Risks of Posting on Social Media After an Accident
Even if you don’t think you are posting something that will impact your claim, insurance companies and defense attorneys may try to twist what you post to benefit them. For example, if you post something like “the other car appeared out of nowhere,” they may use this to say you weren’t paying attention and, therefore, you are partly at fault.
Also, if you post something that contradicts your statements, it can be extremely damaging to your case. Avoid any photos or videos of you staying active, traveling, and similar things during the accident claim.
Tips for Using Social Media After an Accident
After an accident, if you plan to continue using social media, some tips to help you avoid hurting your case include:
Never accept a new friend or follow requests from someone you don’t know
Refrain from posting anything until your case is closed (if possible)
Never post photos or videos of you being active if you have stated your injuries have prevented you from working
Avoid posting anything negative about the other people involved