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After a car accident, stay off social media 

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Car Accidents

Victims of car crash injuries can broadly benefit from steering clear of social media until all insurance and legal claims associated with their harm have been fully resolved. While the urge to share experiences, seek support or update friends and family on these platforms is understandable, doing so may result in detrimental effects on the outcome of a case. 

There are several compelling reasons why it is often advised that crash victims stay off social media during this consequential period.

Insurers and opposing counsel can use content against a victim

Posts, pictures and comments made on social media can be misconstrued or taken out of context by opposing legal parties or insurance companies. A simple photo depicting a moment of joy or physical activity could be used to challenge the severity of a crash victim’s injuries or suggest a quicker recovery than medically advised. This type of evidence can significantly undermine compensation claims, particularly those related to pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.

Privacy settings only extend so far

The digital trail left by social media activity is not as private as one might think. Despite stringent privacy settings, insurance adjusters and defense attorneys have become adept at accessing or requesting social media content through legal channels. Once something is shared online, it becomes part of a public record of sorts, potentially accessible to those seeking information to weaken a victim’s case.

While it is often easier said than done, it’s generally a better idea for crash victims to seek ways of communicating and connecting with loved ones off of social media in the aftermath of a collision. It is an effort that a victim’s future self may ultimately thank them for. 

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