12.05.23

How Social Media Can Impact Your Car Accident Claim: Dos and Don'ts

In the age of social media dominance, our lives are intricately woven into the digital tapestry.

We document our daily lives, posting photos, interacting with other individuals and their content, and using platforms like Facebook and Instagram to connect with friends, family and the wider world. 

However, what many individuals fail to realize is that the content they share online can have a significant impact on various aspects of their lives, including personal injury claims arising from car accidents. It’s been said “the internet is forever” - and it’s true.

At Erie Injury, we have witnessed firsthand the influence that social media can have on the outcome of a case. This post will highlight the dos and don'ts of social media usage during a car accident claim.

The Dos:

  1. Consult with Your Attorney Before Posting: Before hitting the "share" button on that seemingly harmless selfie, consult with your personal injury attorney. They can provide specific guidance tailored to your case, ensuring you don't unintentionally jeopardize your claim. Remember, attorneys are here not only to represent you legally but to offer counsel on every aspect of your case, including your online presence.

The Don'ts:

  1. Avoid Discussing the Accident or Injuries: One of the gravest mistakes individuals make is discussing the details of the accident or their injuries on social media. Insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys often scour online platforms for any information that may be used against you. Refrain from providing any statements, comments, or discussions related to the accident, your health, or the legal proceedings.
  2. Refrain from Sharing Activities Inconsistent with Your Claim: Remember that pictures and posts can be misinterpreted. If you're claiming severe injuries, posting pictures of intense physical activities can undermine your case. Insurance companies may use such content to challenge the extent of your injuries and argue that you are not as injured as you claim to be. Be mindful of the image your online presence projects, ensuring it aligns with the narrative of your personal injury claim.

Scenarios to Consider

Scenario 1: The Misinterpreted Weekend Getaway
Imagine you're pursuing a claim for substantial physical injuries resulting from a car accident. Over the weekend, you decide to attend a friend's wedding and share pictures of yourself dancing and having a great time. The insurance company may use these images to argue that your injuries are not as severe as claimed, potentially affecting the compensation you receive.


Scenario 2: The Unintended Admission of Fault
In the aftermath of a car accident, emotions run high. You may be tempted to vent your frustration online, expressing opinions about the other driver's negligence. However, this can be used against you in court. Even seemingly innocent comments can be interpreted as an admission of fault, undermining your case and jeopardizing your chances of receiving fair compensation.

While social media offers a platform to express ourselves, it's essential to exercise caution during a personal injury claim. Consult with your attorney, think twice before posting, and remember that what you share online can have lasting consequences on the outcome of your case. By being mindful of your online presence, you can protect your interests and strengthen your position in pursuing the compensation you rightfully deserve.

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