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Why It’s a Good Idea to Avoid Social Media After a Car Crash

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2023 | Car Accidents

The internet and all that comes with it isn’t always helpful. This is especially the case when you’ve been in a car crash. It’s in your best interest to avoid social media after you’ve been in an automobile accident in New York.

Be careful with your social media presence after a car accident

If you’re the plaintiff in a car accidents lawsuit and you’re attempting to get the other party’s insurance to pay out for your injuries, keep your social media presence to a minimum. This is because the other party can possibly use any text or photos/videos in their case.

There are now investigations into suspicious false insurance claims. Investigators monitor the social media accounts of individuals who file such claims, even going so far as to request use of a family member or friend who had a falling out with the person. If the plaintiff has an insurance claim for car accident injuries, yet they’re in videos or photos playing golf or swimming, this may be used as evidence against their claim.

Social media posts as evidence

Social media posts are public domain. However, there can be trouble if an attorney monitors or reaches out to a plaintiff with the plaintiff’s friend’s account or if the attorney sends a request from a fake account. This must be done in a cautious manner.

One of the best ways to get information that can be used in the case is to ask the plaintiff for it during the discovery phase. They may have taken down some or all information that could look suspicious, but they also may have missed pictures or other things that the opposing side can use to refute the claim.

Even if you still want to connect with people, share your thoughts and talk about what you’re doing day to day, be careful with social media after you’ve been injured in an automobile crash. What you post can be misinterpreted or exaggerated and hurt your personal injury claim.