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Car accident victims: Step away from social media

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Communicating with loved ones in ways that don’t require face-to-face interactions has become increasingly easy in recent years. The Digital Age allows loved ones to stay connected via more “traditional” approaches, like phone calls and postal mail but it has also birthed texting, email, video chats, video messaging and social media.

If you’re like most Americans, you appreciate that social media platforms allow you to communicate details about your life to dozens, hundreds, thousands or even millions of people at once. This technology means that you don’t have to send individual communications to your loved ones. You can share information and details about your life with very little effort on your part.

Timing and scope

If you have recently been injured in a car accident, it may be very tempting to hop on your preferred social media platform to share this news with your loved ones, friends and acquaintances. As you’re healing physically and you’re probably processing emotional trauma, the idea of having to tell your story again and again to all interested parties is likely very unappealing. However, it’s a far better idea to simply speak with your loved ones than it is to post anything at all on social media right now.

Both insurance claims adjusters and any attorneys hired by those who contributed to the cause(s) of your crash can – and likely will – scroll your social media accounts for information to undermine the strength of your case. Even content that is seemingly harmless could be misinterpreted or manipulated to weaken your position.

Is social media a convenient way to tell your story to people who are interested? Yes. Could doing so harm your ability to secure rightful compensation? Yes, it could. By having experienced legal guidance, you are more likely to make decisions in the aftermath of a crash that are in your best interests.