Today, most of us utilize social media in one manner or another. However, if you have been involved in a car accident, using social media can quickly become problematic for your case. Once you have filed your claim, insurance adjusters can begin looking online at your social media profiles for discrepancies and evidence of fraud. Your activity online can be scrutinized down to a reply or comment that shows your injuries as being less severe than initially reported.
This valuable evidence will assist the insurance company in paying a lesser settlement amount or result in a flat-out denial of your claim. If you have been injured in a car accident, you deserve to receive the most compensation possible for your injuries. Your activity on social media can jeopardize this.
Below are some tips to follow when using social media after a car accident:
- Prepare for your claim. Before you submit your claim, take time to review your social media accounts and remove any posts, comments, videos, or photos that could be used by insurance adjusters to discredit your claim.
- Never post any information about your accident. Do not post photos of your accident, discuss your claim or share any updates with your friends or followers online. Doing this can jeopardize your case and have a negative impact on your settlement.
- Adjust your privacy settings. You can always adjust your privacy settings to allow just friends and family to view what you post. It is important to note that even with privacy settings in place, there is still risk.
- Warning to friends and family. “Tagging” is a popular feature used in social media. Caution friends and family members to NOT tag you in activities or at certain places that can jeopardize your accident claim.
- No posts about vacations or physical activities. If your case is pending, posts detailing vacations or activities involving physical endurance, such as camping, boating, skiing, a trip to a theme park, etc. can devalue your claim- even if you are still in pain from the accident.
- Minimize or completely discontinue your activity online. Temporarily disable or close your social media accounts while your case is pending. The best advice is to stop using social media completely until your case is closed.
- Be careful of new friend requests. Do not accept any new friend requests or connections from people you do not know personally. It could be an insurance adjuster or opposing counsel on the other end of that friend request.
Social Media Can Impact Your Car Accident Claim
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, insurance adjusters and defense attorneys are looking into your social media accounts in search of incriminating evidence to discredit your claim. We are fully aware of the risks surrounding social media and the tactics insurance companies’ use that can negatively impact your settlement. The experienced Orlando Auto Accident Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of those involved in automobile accidents. Our dedicated team of attorneys will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, etc. following your car accident.