The Pew Research Center reported in 2014 that increasingly, social media sites are used to maintain connections with close relationships. For this reason, it might feel safe to share opinions, photos, or videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another site after sustaining an injury and property damage in a car accident. However, it’s important to know that insurance companies can use your posts to discredit your claims of emotional and physical suffering.
How Posts to Social Media Jeopardize Your Recovery
Social media is commonly used as an outlet to vent frustrations or, especially after a car accident, ensure close family and friends that you are safe. However, insurance companies recognize these tendencies toward openly sharing and will use your posts to argue that:
- You aren’t as physically hurt as you claim. Insurance agents will scour through your posts to find text, videos, and photos of you engaging in activities. Even if it’s light activity, such as sitting at a pool party or going on a walk, an insurance company might try to use it against you.
- You aren’t enduring the emotional trauma you claim. A text post conveying that you feel lucky to be safe or are enjoying a cup of tea can be misused. Even a picture or video of you smiling or having a good time with friends can be misconstrued to argue that you are actually feeling emotionally stable.
- You admitted fault in the accident. Text posts vaguely resembling apologies or even an unclear description of events could be used against you as an admittance of fault.
Don’t Let Social Media Affect Your Case
If you’re unsure how to approach social media after your car accident, here are a few pointers:
- Set your accounts to private so insurance adjustors can’t view your posts.
- Don’t add new friends during the time your case is active; it might be an adjustor in disguise.
- Avoid being tagged in text, photo, video, or check-in posts by asking friends and family to leave you out of their posts to social media.
- Stay off social media entirely to be extra safe and completely avoid any potential pitfalls; consider suspending your accounts temporarily, so insurance reps can’t even access previous posts.
Questions? We Can Help
If you’ve been in a car accident and feel confused about how to protect your claim, the team at Duffy & Feemster is ready to help. We can gather evidence and work to maximize your recovery. To speak with us, call (888) 707-1197 today.