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The importance of a social media blackout after a car accident

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2019 | Firm News |

Social media has changed numerous aspects of everyday life. A vast majority of Americans log onto some social media website at least once a day, and research suggests the average person will spend roughly five years of his or her life on social media. 

People often share every aspect of their lives on social media. There is nothing inherently wrong with that except when it comes to car accidents. After a collision, you want to keep the details sparse online until the claims process is complete. 

Do not say anything about the accident or your injuries

Anything you post onto social media can serve as evidence in court. Therefore, if you say something online that contradicts what you told the police, then it will look bad in a court of law. You especially want to remain silent about any injuries you have. You could have sustained serious wounds, but online, you tell your friends you feel fine because you do not want people to worry. Saying you feel fine can hurt your claim because the insurance agency can use that post as evidence you did not suffer as bad of injuries as you initially claimed. 

Limit posting pictures

You may know not to say anything online about the car accident, but you also need to be mindful of photos. You do not want to post a picture of you performing some physical activity when you suffered injuries. These photos can also serve as evidence, and you should not give the insurance agency any excuse to deny your claim. 

Avoid friending people

You may receive friend requests from people you do not know after a car accident. Some lawyers or insurance representatives use this as a tactic to find more information about you. If your information is set to private, then someone could find it after becoming your friend. Unless you know definitively who someone is, you should not be friends with them online. 

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