Being involved in a car accident can be a scary experience. You may have been injured, your car damaged seriously, and you need some support.
It isn’t unusual for car accident victims to turn to social media to let family and friends know what happened, give updates on their recovery and even vent about the person that caused the accident. Unfortunately, if you are pursuing compensation, this could mean trouble. Some of the reasons to avoid using social media after a car accident are found here.
What you post may be used against you
The number one reason to avoid posting on social media after a car accident is because what you post can be used against you. Even in situations where it’s an innocent post and may not even be related to the accident, insurance companies can twist it and use it for their benefit.
For example, if you claim to be seriously injured in a car accident and then post a picture of you shopping or enjoying being outdoors, this can be used by the insurance company for the at-fault party to state that you are not as injured as you claimed.
Apologies or admission of fault
Sometimes, your posts may be seen as an apology or admission of fault for the accident. Even if this was not your intention, it might derail your compensation claim.
Avoiding social media after a car accident
A good rule of thumb is to avoid social media after a car accident. This will reduce the possibility of anything being used against you, which may hurt your accident claim. Wait until after your case is settled to start posting again.