It’s a natural instinct—you’ve been involved in a
car accident and you want to let the people you care about know what happened and that
you’re okay. It can be incredibly tempting to post about the crash
on social media, but this is actually a mistake. In fact, posting about
your car accident on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any social media
platform may come back to haunt you during the claims filing process.
Continue reading to learn more, or contact us directly
for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Your Words (or Posts) Can Be Misconstrued
The main reason you should avoid posting about your car accident on social
media is that anything you say about the incident can easily be taken
out of context.
When you file your claim, outlining your injury and the resulting damages,
the insurance adjuster may point to your initial comment in which you
stated you were “okay” as evidence that you weren’t
injured. They can then use this to dispute your claim and argue that your
injury is not related to the accident.
Even if you believe your social media accounts all have strict privacy
settings, this does not mean that insurance adjusters, defense attorneys,
and others cannot access them. They may still be able to see things you’ve
posted about the accident. While it’s always a good idea to check
your security settings, the best thing you can do is simply avoid posting
about the crash at all.
All of Your Social Media Posts Can Be Used as Evidence Against You
While it’s never a good idea to post about the accident, we advise
our clients to avoid posting on social media as much as possible during
the entire claims process.
Insurance companies have even been known to argue that a car accident victim
posting “too much” on social media demonstrates that they
did not suffer any significant emotional distress. You might innocently
comment on friends’ status updates or Instagram pictures with cheerful
remarks, but the insurance company might try to use this as evidence that
you were not seriously affected by the accident—even if your comments
had nothing to do with the crash.
Talking Badly About the Insurance Company Could Be Considered Acting in
When you’re engaged in a difficult, lengthy battle with the insurance
company, it can be very tempting to share your experience online. However,
if you vent your frustrations on social media, thereby putting them in
writing, the insurance company might argue that you are acting in bad faith.
Remember, everything you post online has the potential to become public,
even when you have your social media accounts set to private. Your best
bet? Don’t post!
What to Do Instead
First and foremost, if you are reading this and growing concerned because
you have already posted about the accident on social media,
do not remove the posts. While posting about the crash is not ideal, removing or deleting posts
could be even worse, as it could be construed as destroying evidence (regardless
of your intentions). Instead, leave the posts up, but refrain from making
any further comments about the accident
Never accept any friend requests or follow requests from people you don’t
know, and refrain from posting anything else—status updates, comments,
pictures, etc.—about the accident, your injuries, or the claims
At Womac Law Firm, our New Orleans car accident lawyers are here to answer
your questions and address any concerns you may have. Whether you were
just involved in an accident or have been struggling to recover compensation
from the insurance company, our team is here to guide you through the
process and advocate for your maximum recovery.
We offer free initial consultations, and there are no attorneys’
fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Contact us
today to learn more!