Being injured in a car accident can be a stressful, scary, and traumatic ordeal. During your recovery, it’s natural to want to reach out to friends and family members online for support. You may want to let people know how the accident happened, how your recovery is going, and what treatment you will need.
However, it’s generally recommended that you avoid posting on your social media accounts while you have a pending car accident claim. Here’s why.
Examples of How Social Media Can Be Used Against You
One of the most important things to remember when filing a car accident claim is that all insurance companies are businesses. Ultimately, their primary goal is to increase profits, which they do by either denying or devaluing claims that come their way. With this in mind, it’s important to know that your social media accounts will probably be scrutinized by investigators from the insurance company.
The insurance company will ultimately be trying to find anything that can be used against the claims you are making about the extent of your injuries or how the accident happened. Some of the ways that social media may be used against you include:
- Your comments being interpreted as an admission of fault.
- Your online activities indicate you’re not really hurt.
- Confidential information goes out the window.
Safe Social Media Practices During a Car Accident Claim
The best way to keep insurance investigators from using your social media against your claim is to refrain from posting at all during the duration of your claim. Even something that you deem as innocuous can be twisted in a way that you didn’t intend it.
However, if you absolutely cannot refrain entirely from using social media for this time, at the very least, you should avoid the following:
- Talking about the case online, including anything related to the crash, your injuries, any medical conditions, and your emotional state
- Photos of you during physical activity or other types of social activities, especially drinking alcohol
- Allowing access to your location
- Allowing yourself to be tagged in posts or photos without your approval
- Believing that your posts can’t be seen just because your profile is set to private
Helping You Navigate the Car Accident Claims Process
At Martin Jean & Jackson, we understand that the claims process can be tricky to navigate by yourself. Please know that you don’t have to go through it alone. Our Oklahoma car accident attorneys have been protecting the rights of those injured in our local communities for decades.
Should you have any other questions about how social media may impact your case or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out at your earliest convenience. When you choose us to represent you after an accident, we will act as your legal advocates and guide you every step of the way to maximize your chances of receiving a favorable outcome.
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