#7 MISTAKE: Posting information about your car accident on social media
QUESTION: Should I post on social media if I’ve been injured in a car accident?
ANSWER: There is nothing wrong with sharing general information with your friends and family through social media. Keep your statements and comments general and not too frequent — avoid photos and videos of yourself doing activities. Adjusters will look at your social media to find photos and things you’ve said to use against you in your claim.
The seventh biggest mistake you can make following a car accident is posting information about your accident on social media. We see most of our clients posting on Facebook and Instagram, and they’re not always mindful of what they post about their accident and events following their accident.
Posting on social media can harm your claim because the adjuster for the insurance company will review the content on your social media pages looking for things you have said or activities that you’ve done that they see as inconsistent with your injuries. The adjuster will mischaracterize the information you are posting and twist information they find or pictures they see in a way that supports their position on your claim.
We’re not advising you to, “Never post on Facebook or Instagram.” What we are saying is to be very careful about what you post. It’s fine to share a little information, letting people know that you are getting the medical treatment you need following your car accident, but don’t post about the ups and downs of your recovery, or how frustrated you might be at the person who caused the collision.
If you want to share more details about your accident with your family and friends — the best thing to do is pick up the phone and call them. The most important thing is not to give the insurance company ammunition to twist information that can be used against you.
Go ahead and post, but keep your posts short and not too often. When it comes to social media, the best way to protect yourself and your personal injury claim is to know that the insurance adjuster could very well be looking at your social media posts and comments for information to use against you.
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