How Social Media Harms Car Accident Claims

Almost everyone is hooked on social media these days. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, many of us are sharing more details about our lives with strangers than we ever have before.

For car accident victims who are seeking compensation, however, over-sharing on social media could have disastrous results for their claim. You may not realize it, but insurance companies will be closely monitoring your social media activity after you report your accident. In fact, the only person you should ever talk about your case with is your lawyer.

Even if you use the strictest privacy settings on your account, insurance adjusters will try to find a way to get around it, such as having someone send you a friend request.

Do Not Needlessly Jeopardize Your Claim

At Robinson Salyers, PLLC, we are all too familiar with clients talking about their cases on social media. Here are the most common ways that insurance companies can use your social media activities against you:

  • Pictures that can indicate you aren't injured: If you are seriously hurt, posting any pictures on social media — hanging out with friends, working, etc. — could make it easier for insurance companies to argue that your injuries are not that bad.
  • Location tags that may indicate you aren't injured: Tagging yourself in certain locations like bowling alleys or golf courses — even if you aren't participating — could make it easy to argue that you are faking your injuries.
  • Comments that could be misconstrued: Much like pictures and location tags, insurance adjusters have no idea if you or anyone else is being sarcastic when discussing your accident on social media. Any comments about your accident could come back to haunt you.

Remember that anything you post on social media about your accident could be made public, because a judge could compel you to turn the information over. Additionally, do not try to delete anything that you think could harm your case; it will only make the situation look worse.

Talk To Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Instead, schedule a free consultation at our offices in either Shelbyville or Frankfort, Kentucky. We can help you understand your rights and options and what you need to do to ensure you have the strongest possible claim. Contact us online or call 502-220-4439 to get started.