Be Careful What You Post on Social Media After a Car AccidentPublished: Sep 27, 2020 in Car Accidents
It’s understandable that you would want to share your horrifying experience after a car accident; however, if you share too much on social media it can negatively impact your insurance claim. Read below to learn more about sharing the details of your car accident on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and other platforms.
If you were injured in a car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. We will listen to your story and help you get the most money possible to compensate your losses. Call us at (205) 933-1500 or use our online contact form.
Telling Your Friends and Family How You Feel After an Accident
You might want to reassure your friends and family that “you are okay” after a car accident. However, this can be taken the wrong way by the at fault driver’s insurance company. They may try to say it is evidence that you were not actually hurt and don’t deserve compensation.
On the other hand, if you post every detail about your injuries, the insurance company may say that you are purposefully exaggerating your damages and claim that you are attention seeking. If anything you say contradicts information in your medical records, the insurance company will point that out as well.
It’s best to keep your comments about your car accident to a minimum on social media. You can tell your loved ones that you were in a wreck, but don’t give details publicly.
Posting Pictures of the Car Accident or Your Injuries
While it’s important to take pictures and videos of the car accident scene and your injuries, those shouldn’t be shared publicly on social media. You should share those with your attorney first to make sure they complement your case.
A personal injury lawsuit is a careful dance of giving the insurance company only what they ask for and not oversharing so they can scrutinize your claim in an unnecessary manner. If they didn’t specifically request pictures and videos, we don’t have to provide them unless they benefit our case. We will only want to share what helps you get the most money possible.
Sometimes it takes an expert eye to review digital images to determine how it will affect your case. Don’t mistakenly overshare and negatively impact your case.
Tagging People Who Were Involved in the Accident or Who Witnessed It
Don’t tag anyone in posts about your accident or indicate that others were involved. We will give the insurance company information about those who were involved in the crash; however, we don’t want them to have access to that information too soon. We want to be able to meet with those people and go over their statements in advance. We want to prepare them for the confusing and often accusatory questions that the negligent driver’s insurance company will ask.
Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. Can Walk You Through Safe Steps to Take After a Crash
Your next steps can be confusing after a car accident. Let us worry about what to do next while you focus on recovery. Call us today at (205) 933-1500 or use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyers.